Allergy to Dogs

Typical symptoms of a dog allergy

Typical symptoms of a dog allergy are similar to those of many other allergies. Itchy and/or red eyes, sneezing, coughing, having a running or blocked nose and wheezing are all common reactions symptomatic of a dog allergy. However, there are many other allergens that can cause these symptoms so it is best to talk to your doctor or allergist to ensure that you discover the correct allergen that you are allergic to.

What if I suffer from a dog allergy but still want to have a dog?

If you do seem to have an adverse reaction to allergens from dogs, it does not necessarily mean that you will react to all types of dogs. Different breeds may affect you more or less. Shorter haired dogs tend to cause dog allergy sufferers fewer problems and symptoms than those with longer hair. This is perhaps because short haired dogs usually shed less dander, and so there should be fewer allergens in the air around you. Experiment with different breeds of dog to see how you respond to them.

Hybrid dogs, particularly poodle mixes, tend to cause people with dog allergies fewer problems. However, if you are considering buying a dog it is always a good idea to spend some time with that specific dog before taking it home. This is advisable if you are aware that you have a dog allergy, even if you have never experienced symptoms with that particular breed before.

What if I am allergic to my own dog?

If you have realised that you have or have developed a dog allergy and already have a dog that causes you to have an allergic reaction, you may have to find a new home for your pet. Societies like the RSPCA can help you if are you finding it difficult to find a good owner. Before taking any drastic measures though, make sure you consult your doctor or allergist to ensure that it is definitely dog allergens that are causing your reactions and that there are no allergy treatments that they can recommend.

I have gotten rid of my dog. Why am I still experiencing symptoms?

Sometimes merely removing a dog from your home is not enough to prevent you still experiencing symptoms. Even after a dog leaves your house their dander, and therefore the protein allergen they shed and that you are allergic to, remains. A simple vacuum is probably not sufficient to remove enough of these allergens to stop you experiencing symptoms. You should clean your house thoroughly after removing your dog to try and eliminate the majority of its allergens. Before and during cleaning make sure that your home is well ventilated to try and reduce the number of dog allergens in the air inside your home. When cleaning pay specific attention to the carpets, soft furnishings, bedding and walls to ensure that your home becomes as dog allergen-free as is possible.

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