Considering a low allergy dog?
Since the US President and his family took their journey to find Bo Obama, a low allergy dog, the topic has been more highly talked about than ever before with other people trying to follow suit. There is some misunderstanding about what a low allergy dog means and that can make the process of finding a new furry family member for someone who does have allergies a bit tricky. In our house, two out of three of us don’t shed – but that doesn’t mean we’re allergy-free. Here are some facts to help you understand when looking for your dog:
1. Know the source of allergies – all of you humans seem to think that it’s our hair that’s responsible for your allergy symptoms, but it’s actually our dander. However, dogs that don’t shed are said to lose fewer of these skin cells (dander) and of course, smaller dogs produce less around a home in terms of quantity. Don’t expect that you’ll eliminate allergies just because a dog doesn’t shed. Although, Prestley and I (Ripley) would be good low allergy dogs for you since we’re small and don’t shed. You’ll have to find another dog like us, though, because we’d really like to stay with our own mommy and daddy, sorry!
2. Visit the dog first – when you go to get your dog, the person with allergies need to be present. It can take time to really feel the effects of a dog allergy, but some symptoms might be present during the first visit. It’s possible that someone with an allergy may have less symptoms with one dog compared to another. So, visit your potential new dog and let it snuggle up with all family members!
3. Know “low allergy” doesn’t mean NO allergy – we all have dander, therefore we all can trigger your allergies; it’s just the way it is!
4. Keep it clean at home – using products designed to remove allergens from your home can help. Wash bedding and upholstery regularly and if you can switch carpets for hardwood, you’ll find you’ll feel even less allergic as a result of us!
When you have an allergy, you’ve got to pick your dog carefully. We all want to find are furever home but if you choose one without doing it logically, he/she may end up back in a shelter without a mommy or daddy and since we love ours, we want the same for others.
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