Tips on Buying a Hypoallergenic
If you suffer from allergies, you are not alone. Even though
most people suffer from some type of allergy, whether it is
food, plant, or pet, they can usually find a way to enjoy their
lives, which in many cases, includes having a few pets.
Depending on the severity of your allergies, you will be able
to bring a dog into your home as long as you take the time to
find the breed that is right for you.
Hypoallergenic dogs are specific breeds
that shed less hair and dander than other dogs, and produce
fewer allergens in their saliva and urine. You should keep in
mind that all breeds carry a certain amount of allergens, but
hypoallergenic dogs carry less. Allergens can become stuck in
carpets, on walls, and in bedding and clothing. This is why
people have allergic reactions to their pets. In order to have
pets, these allergens must be removed through frequent house
cleaning, designating certain spots in the house for your pets
to sleep, and by finding pets that have shorter hair and do not
shed their skin cells as often.
When looking for a hypoallergenic dog, you should research
breeds that have short hair, shed their skin cells (dander)
every few weeks rather then every few days, and do not product
as much saliva. Since allergies can occur at different times
during your life, you should spend some time with the breed of
dog you are thinking of adopting. Visiting a dog breeder or a
friend who has a dog will give you a better idea of which dog
You should also consider your current living conditions. If you
live in a small house or apartment, you may experience more
allergy attacks because the dander and hair is confined to a
small space. Adopting a small hypoallergenic dog is the best
way to remedy this problem. If you live in a larger home, you
should be able to purchase a larger dog. Letting the dog
outside to run in the yard or by taking it for frequent walks
will also help because your dog will be able to shed outside
instead of inside on your carpeting and bedding.
Once you bring your new dog home, you should give it a few
weeks for your body to adjust. Your allergies may become worse
before they get better, but after a month, you should see a
difference. A hypoallergenic dog does not need any special care
unless the breeder has specific health advice about the breed
you are buying.
Taking of your home by cleaning often and invest in a quality
vacuum that will thoroughly clean your carpeting. If possible,
you should replace your carpeting with hardwood flooring. This
will keep allergens from piling up and causing an allergy
attack. Wipe down the walls once a week and try to keep your
new pet off your bed. These precautions will help reduce
allergy attacks and help you have a fun, loving relationship
with your dog for many years to come.