Symptoms of Dog Allergy and the Best Breed of Dog for Allergy Sufferers

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Dog Allergies and the best breed of dog to have when you do have allergies.

I love dogs and until recently always had a dog. However, some people love dogs but have dog allergies and therefore think they cannot have a dog. In this post, I am going to cover Symptoms of Dog Allergy and also the best breed of dogs you can have if you do have allergies. Around 15% of the population has some allergy to dogs.  It is the pets Dander Allergies to dogs and pet danderthat causes the allergy and not the pets hair. Therefore you have to make sure you clean your floors, furniture and dog bedding often so the dander does not accumulate and make any allergies worse. Washing your dog once a week also keeps down the dander.

Symptoms of Dog Allergy.

  • Sneezing or a runny or stuffy nose.
  • Facial pain (from nasal congestion)
  • Coughing, chest tightness, shortness of breath, and wheezing.
  • Watery, red or itchy eyes.
  • Skin rash or hives.Do you have dog allergies?

Some of these can be quite severe and others can be mild. So what if you have to have a service dog?  What sort of dog could you have so you do not get allergies? According to the American Kennel Club has a list of the Hypoallergenic Dog Breeds that is best for people with dog allergies. I have listed some of them below.

  • Afgan Hound
  • American Hairless Terrier
  • Bedlington Terrier
  • Bichon Frese
  • Chinese Crested
  • Giant Schnauzer
  • Irish Water Spaniel
  • Kerry Blue Terrier
  • Maltese Terrier
  • Poodle

Personally, I like the smaller dogs as I have gotten older as they do not need as much running around as smaller dogs.

Pets play a big role when it comes to people with stress and anxiety.  Service dogs are not only for the blind or deaf but also for the war heroes with PTSD, people with depression and other emotional challenges.Dog allergies and service dogs

When it comes to having balance in your life for many people it means they have to have a pet, usually a dog and often a cat.  Dogs play a big part in helping people recover from illness and also there are people who take service dogs into Eldercare facilities to help the elderly have contact with something they can love and be loved back unconditionally.

The also elicit responses from patients who are typically withdrawn and limited in their abilities. Stroking the back of a dog leads to more movement from the patient and consequently, increased physical activity. The introduction of dogs increase interaction among individuals and promote a positive change in self-esteem.

What can you do for your allergies naturally?

  • Saline Nasal Spray
  • Have a dog free zone
  • Use High-Efficiency Air purifiers
  • Bathing the dog weekly
  • Apple Cider Vinegar in Warm Water for Hives
  • Salt Water rinses for itchy eyes

Dogs when cared for lovingly, can be the best companion for any human espbest remedies for dog allergiesecially our young humans. Kids love dogs and they can learn about caring for someone else when they have to take care of their dog.

As I said previously I always had dogs growing up and when I was married in Australia. My 2 Labradors loved swimming and the outdoors.  Right now I do not have a dog but very soon I will think about getting a smaller dog to keep as my companion


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24 Comments

  1. michenn

    Awww I know so many people that have dog allergies but they suffer through it for their pets. I think that’s so awesome how much they love them!

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    1. helenvella (Post author)

      Yes pets are so much fun and very good at releasing stress and anxiety for some people.

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  2. chichi

    i think apple cider vinegar is heaven sent so many great uses! very useful post!

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    1. helenvella (Post author)

      I love ACV too I have it every day and it has so many benefits.

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  3. kels

    This is awesome! I am allergic but I lovvvve dogs. Great to know what breeds might work! Also, that ACV trick looks super interesting.

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    1. helenvella (Post author)

      ACV has so many uses and benefits for the health I take it every day and really notice a difference. Nice collection of breeds to choose from as you have allergies.

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  4. Danay

    That is quite a list of dogs. I mistakenly only thought poodles were an option for folks who are allergic to dogs in general.

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    1. helenvella (Post author)

      Yes I was surprised there are so many different breeds that you can have when you have allergies, thank you for your comments.

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  5. Julie Cao

    I do not have dogs but my neighbor has and I remember touch the dog and sometimes my hands get itchy, but thankfully it fade away quickly. After all dog can be a great and loyal friend and reduce lots of stress for us.Thanks for this insightful article about dogs, and it is great for those who plans to getting a dog too.

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    1. helenvella (Post author)

      Not easy having allergies of any kind but especially pets. Perhaps there was something on that particular dogs coat that did not agree with you.

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  6. Danielle

    I have always been a dog lover and never had any allergy issues when around them, but when my two pit bulls would lick me, I’d find I would become itchy. Mostly it’s when my dogs would lick my arms. Thankfully it hasn’t gone any further than that. I don’t what I would do if I had worse allergic reactions to my dogs. It would be heartbreaking.

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    1. helenvella (Post author)

      Yes it is heartbreaking if you cannot have pets when you have allergies. Glad you figured out what was going on and are able to control it. Enjoy your dogs.

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  7. Christi

    My pug has allergies, this is great advice!

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    1. helenvella (Post author)

      Thank you I hope you get some natural products to help your pug get rid of her allergies.

      Reply
  8. blair villanueva

    am thankful that in our family, we dont have allergies for dogs or cats. And we are very used to have around them 🙂 I love Labradors or Golden Retriever.

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    1. helenvella (Post author)

      I like Labradors as well so loving and loyal and very intelligent also. I really miss my two that I had.

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  9. Maya Lalosh

    Great post! I think many people don’t realize they may still be able to have a dog even with allergies. I know having pets is such an enrichment in my life.

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    1. helenvella (Post author)

      Totally I did not realize there were so many breeds you could have that were good for people with dog allergies. You are so right pets are such an enrichment in peoples lives.

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  10. Helene

    Thank you so much for sharing this! I just got my first dog and this will be so helpful!

    xo, Helene

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    1. helenvella (Post author)

      You are welcome. It is not fun to have allergies of any kind and especially allergies to dogs. Enjoy your new dog.

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  11. Sheri

    These are great ideas, I developed an allergy when I was pregnant and it really stopped me from doing so much, even went as far as having panic attacks. I think this is great because allergies can be confusing to control when they seem to come out of nowhere.

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    1. helenvella (Post author)

      Allergies are indeed confusing sometimes. Especially when you get them when you did not have them before. Being pregnant does sometimes change the way our body reacts to different things. Hopefully you are not getting panic attacks anymore. I did write an article on panic attacks that may help you.

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  12. Heather

    Thanks for posting this. I have a section on my site about choosing pets, and your post would be a great reference for people who want dogs, but have allergies. I have pinned your post, and will be sure to reference your blog if I do a post on this. Thank you again for your research.

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    1. helenvella (Post author)

      Thank you so much for sharing this with others I really appreciate it. Allergies of any kind are not easy to live with but especially when you have allergies to pets and your tend to love pets.

      Reply

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