How to Help Dogs That Are
Dogs that are considered hypoallergenic may cause fewer
allergic reactions in people who own them other breeds. There
are many breeds of long hair, short hair, and hairless
varieties to choose from depending on your particular allergies
and what you are looking for in a dog. Hypoallergenic dogs are
sold mostly by breeders, but you can also find them in pet
stores and sometimes in animal shelters. If you decide to buy a
hypoallergenic dog, there are ways to care for them that may
require a little more work than non-hypoallergenic breeds.
Caring for your hypoallergenic dog begins
with caring for their coat. While many hypoallergenic breeds
such as Terriers, Schnauzers, and Poodles have short hair, this
hair can be coarse and will continue to grow unless the dogs
are properly groomed. These dogs do not shed and have hair that
can be compared to human hair. You will have to keep your dog
groomed in order to prevent matting. Matting can cause skin
rashes and other health problems if the dog’s coat is not taken
Brushing your dog is also important especially in breeds that
have longer hair such as the Afghan Hound. While these dogs are
considered hypoallergenic, their coats are long and shiny. They
do not shed either, so brushing and grooming are important.
Brush your dog at least twice a week to keep excess hair from
Some hypoallergenic dogs have undercoats, while others do not.
Undercoats protect dogs from cold temperatures by storing body
heat. Dogs that do not have an undercoat will not survive long
in cold temperatures. Unless a breeder says you can keep your
dog outside, you should keep the dog indoors.
If you have a hairless dog, you will have to protect their skin
with lotions and skin creams. You should not leave these dogs
outside for long periods of time as they will suffer from sun
burn and dehydration.
Caring for your dog is not only making sure their coat and skin
are protected, it also means making sure that they get enough
exercise and time with you each day. Dogs that are left alone
for long periods of time can become destructive. Training your
dog by developing a routine will help them adjust to the times
when you cannot be at home.
If you will be out of town for more than two or three days, you
should find a friend that can check in on your dog or you
should consider boarding the dog until you come home.
Protecting your hypoallergenic dog from cold temperatures, the
sun, and from developing skin rashes are ways that you can help
your dog live a long, healthy life. Because many breeds of
hypoallergenic dogs are small in size, they are prone to
arthritis, eyesight issues, tumors, and other problems. While
you cannot predict how your dog will age, you should research
different breeds to see what types of health issues they may
have some day. Regular checkups with a vet will help your dog
live a long life.