Contrary to popular belief and massive demand at present, non-shedding hypoallergenic dog breeds actually don't exist. We’ve created this blog to help you understand the myth of hypoallergenic dog breeds and how to reduce pet allergies.
List of Hypoallergenic Dog Breeds:
- Mini Schnauzers
- Shih Tzus
- Lhasa Apso
How to Reduce Pet Allergies
It’s not the fur that causes the allergies or breathing problems; it’s the dander that is in the dog’s skin, urine and saliva.
Dander is microscopic particles of skin, fur and hair that animals continually shed. Such proteins and other substances that cause an individual’s immune system to react, are called allergens.
Of course, there are dozens of allergens from ‘non-animal’ agents as well. This includes mold, mildew, pollen and ragweed. The severity of reaction varies from one individual to another.
If a family member is allergic to animals, even if pets no longer remain indoors, allergens will still exist there. It’s easy for doctors to make the generic age-old recommendations to ‘get rid of the pets’. It’s wrong to assume that eliminating an animal will free that person from future symptoms. President Obama’s Dog – Bo, the First Dog, is a Portuguese Water Dog because one of his daughters is allergic.
There are breeds that cause fewer problems and produce lower allergens levels than others.
How to Reduce Dog Shedding
Poor skin health of the pet can result from feeding a lower quality diet that contains high quantity of fillers (high cereal composition containing by-products of meat and animal derivatives) can lead to an increase of shedding and skin flaking. Hypoallergenic products from our Engage range to reduce dog shedding include Engage Duck & Rice or Engage Salmon & Rice.
The Asthma & Allergy Foundation recommends giving them weekly baths with a Specially Formulated Anti-Dander Pet Shampoo.
The majority of Anti-Dander Shampoos are also meant to hydrate the pet’s skin, therefore replenishing the epidermal barrier and theoretically decreasing skin flaking. But results can be inconsistent.
How to Groom a Dog when Allergies are Confirmed
- Wear a mask or gloves – If the allergic person has to groom a pet, they should wear a dust mask.
- Groom outside – Or on a hard wooden floor. Then immediately sweep, mop or vacuum the area.
- Outside allergens – After returning from a walk or playing outdoors. Run a damp cloth along the dog’s coat to collect any allergens that may have been brought in from outside. Special allergen wipes are available online or in your local pet store.
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