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Allergic to Dogs? 4 Reasons Why Not to Despair

If you are allergic to dogs, you may fear that you will never be able to have a furry companion. But since you’re reading this article, clearly you’re hoping to find a way to make it work. And you’re right —  there are several ways to work around your pet allergy and include a four-legged friend in your life.

Non-Shedding Breeds

Certain breeds of dog are considered “friendly” for allergy sufferers because they produce less dander and have a non-shedding coat. While there is no breed that is 100% hypoallergenic, these are least likely to affect your health:

  • Afghan Hound
  • Barbet
  • Bichon Frise
  • Maltese
  • Peruvian Inca Orchid
  • Poodle
  • Portuguese Water Dog
  • Schnauzer
  • Wheaten Terrier

Anti-Shedding Treatments

If you already have a dog, or your favorite is not a hypoallergenic breed, schedule regular shedding treatments with your favorite groomer. Shedding treatments reduce the amount of hair that your dog sheds, which will reduce the amount of hair that gets scattered around your home, in turn alleviating your symptoms.

Air Purifiers

Getting an air purifier is a simple, but often overlooked, solution for individuals with pet allergies. If your allergy is minor, an air purifier like the Rabbit Air MinusA2 SPA-700A (Amazon). These devices work to get the allergens out of the air so you can get back to cuddling your favorite pet!

Natural Allergy Relief Supplements

Another approach you can take is natural allergy relief supplements. Unlike synthetic over-the-counter formulas, these tend to have fewer side effects and are safer for long-term use, like Breathe (Amazon). But discuss with your doctor before adding any of these into your daily routine, especially if you are taking other medications. Severe allergies may require prescription medication.

Dog Food for Better Skin Health

Your dog may be shedding more than usual because its skin is unhealthy. You can easily promote healthy skin in your dog by switching to a higher-quality formula like our Select Cold Water Recipe. Never abruptly switch your dog’s diet, as this can result in an upset stomach. Slowly introduce the new food by mixing it with the old food first, first in small quantities, then in larger quantities until all your dog is eating is the new food.

 

We hope that these tips make it easier for you to spend time with your furry friend if you are suffering from pet allergies. Remember to always consult your doctor before adding new supplements or vitamins to your diet. Also remember if changing your pup’s food, to make a slow change to avoid hurting their stomach or making them sick. Now go have fun with your favorite pup!