Suffering from allergies to dogs?
For many sufferers, acknowledging their allergies to dogs
often takes second precedence to the emotional connection they have
with their best friends. Allergic reactions can be developed at any age.
Have a puppy or dog you are not willing to give up or maybe you were contemplating getting a dog but were concerned about your allergic reactions?
By learning about dog allergy symptoms, causes and treatments you may be able to minimize your dog allergy exposures enough that you can co-exist comfortably with a best friend.
What Are Dog Allergy Symptoms?
You may want to check for the following dog allergy symptoms and see a doctor if you think you or a family member might be suffering from allergies to dogs.
- Itchy, watery eyes
- Runny nose
- Nasal congestion
Dog Allergy Causes
To understand how you can minimize dog allergies you need to understand what causes them. Allergies are caused by exposure to allergens that are normally present in an animal's saliva, urine, or in secretions from glands in the skin. An animal's hair or dander are not themselves the actual cause, however, they are great airborne carriers for the offending allergens. If looking to own a dog, choose any of the hypoallergenic dogs to help minimize reactions because they do carry less allergens. The term hypoallergenic means "reduced allergic reaction". So, what are the best treatments when having allergies from a current best friend?
Dog Allergy Treatments
What kinds of dog allergy treatments are available? Allergists agree that the best treatment for dog allergies, as for all types of allergies, is prevention. Avoid them. But avoidance need not always mean living without any pets, especially if your allergies to dogs are moderate. Eliminate as many animal allergens from the home. Keeping pets outside may be difficult to do for because most pets should be indoors for their safety and their health. What are other ways to minimize dog allergens in your home?
How To Minimize Allergies To Dogs
Here are a few suggestions to help you minimize allergies to dogs in your home:
- Use an air cleaner in your home - especially in the bedroom.
- Provide good ventilation throughout your home.
- Keep pets off carpeted areas of your home.
- Eliminate carpeting and upholstered furniture as much as possible.
- Keep your bedroom door closed.
- Leave dust-intensive cleaning activities to non-allergic family members.
- Leave combing and grooming to non-allergic family members.
- Change your clothing after animal contact.
- Replace heating and air conditioning filters frequently.
- Include natural fat in your pet's diet to minimize dry skin and flaking.
- Groom your pet frequently.
- Leave the house during vacuuming.
Apply these rules consistently and make it easier for your pet to understand and learn them as well. We hope these suggestions to help minimize your allergies to dogs will allow you to co-exist with a best friend!