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Minimising Dog Allergies

PWDMany of us enjoy being around pets, they bring innocence, joy and friendship wherever they go, providing they are tamed right of course! However, allergies are common in humans especially against dogs. If you ever intend on owning a dog, or being around a dog regularly, then you need to know how to deal with the problems that dog allergies can cause.

In fact, a survey recently conducted showed that 15% of the population suffers from dog or cat allergies. Although many people have pets regardless, they can really suffer through the allergies and it can cause them to lead debilitating lives at the expense of having a pet.

This does not need to be the case, however. You can perfectly comfortably with a dog, providing you know how to live with the allergies and get around the problems it can cause. The problem is that if you have an allergy to a dog, it will be the same for any dog.

There is a difference between dogs which seek regular bathing, but this is more because of a lack of breed – some dogs can be slightly worse or slightly better with people, but there is no getting away from the fact you will be at least slightly allergic to all types.

If you need some help, then try out the following ideas:

  • Create an allergy-free zone – Have a part of your house which the pet is not allowed in, under any circumstances. You can fill this with HEPA cleaners, which help take out any fragments of your animal out of the room, and keep it fresh. Use mattresses and pillows which are impermeable, because it stops the allergen sticking to other things.
  • Bath your pet regularly – Bathe your pet at least once a week, this keeps allergens down, some statistics even show it could be as much as 84%. A weekly bath is actually more effective than any of the expensive allergen sprays. Ask your vet for recommendations.
  • Make sure that if you are allergic to pets – you can checked by a doctor – then you take as many precautions as possible when bringing a pet into the family home. It’s important to also be aware of large dogs, as they provide more allergens due to the increased size.
  • If you are looking a dogs, also try and go for dog’s that don’t shed. They produce less allergens than a normal dog, ask in the pet store as they usually have good recommendations for dogs which are better suited for those of us who are allergic.