Do you suffer from allergies but have kids that are just begging for a dog? If so then rest assured, you can still have a dog! May is National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month, and in recognition of the month, the American Kennel Club wants you to know that there are breeds which have consistent, predictable coats that do not shed and produce less dander.
Dander, which is attached to the hair, is what causes most pet allergies in humans. In addition to these wonderful hypoallergenic breeds, there are lifestyle changes you can make at home to help ease symptoms for allergy sufferers. The AKC offers the following advice for those allergic to dogs.
• Pick a hypoallergenic breed: The AKC recognizes 11 breeds that are considered hypoallergenic from the happy-go-luck Bichon Frise to the ancient and rare Xoloitzcuintli. To see a complete list of these breeds, visit this site.
• Keep your house clean. Keeping the environment you live in clean is an important part of easing allergy symptoms. Make the bedroom a dog-free area. This will limit the amount of exposure the allergy sufferer actually has to the dog. Next, you should try and vacuum daily, as well as mop hard floors and dust with a damp cloth. This will help prevent you from stirring up settled allergens.
• Reconsider fabrics. Certain fabrics in the home may be more or less likely to hold pet hair and dander. For example, wood or tile floors and leather or vinyl furniture will be easier to clean and less likely to hold onto hair and allergens than carpeting and upholstered furniture. You should also try and avoid fabric curtains.
• Groom the dog frequently. Keeping up with grooming your dog with controlling allergies in mind can really help ease reactions.