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Did you know that owning a dog can improve your mental and physical health? Studies show that people with dogs have less stress, anxiety, and depression. Dog ownership can also lower your blood pressure and risk of heart disease.
But what if you’re allergic to dogs? Can you still adopt a dog?
The answer is yes!
Keep reading to learn more about hypoallergenic dogs and managing pet allergies while making a new best friend.
Get an Allergy Test
If you suffer from allergies but still want to own a dog, the first thing you should do is get an allergy test.
Allergy testing has come a long way and can provide specific information that will help you manage your pet allergies. For example, modern allergy tests can be performed to determine the exact proteins that are causing your allergies. All you have to do is get your blood drawn.
An allergy test can help you choose the best possible dog for your needs.
Choosing the Right Breed
Even if you suffer allergies from dogs, there are certain breeds of dogs that are considered hypoallergic.
These hypoallergenic dogs for adoption can provide companionship without triggering your pet allergies.
You’ve likely heard of the most common hypoallergic breed – the poodle. But the truth is, poodles are just one of many breeds that are safe for allergy sufferers. The American Kennel Club recommends the following breeds if you suffer from pet allergies:
- Afghan Hound
- American Hairless Terrier
- Bedlington Terrier
- Bichon Frise
- Chinese Crested
- Coton de Tulear
- Giant Schnauzer
- Irish Water Spaniel
- Kerry Blue Terrier
- Lagotto Romagnolo
- Miniature Schnauzer
- Peruvian Inca Orchid
- Portuguese Water Dog
- Shih Tzu
- Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier
- Spanish Water Dog
- Standard Schnauzer
- Yorkshire Terrier
Choosing one of these breeds can help you manage allergies from dogs. However, it’s important to choose a breed that also fits your lifestyle.
Reducing Pet Allergies
No matter which breed you choose, there are some things you can do to reduce the impact of pet allergies.
Allergy-proofing your house can reduce the number of surfaces that pet allergens stick to. Opt for hardwood over carpet and blinds rather than curtains.
Be sure to keep things clean by frequently vacuuming your floors and furniture. Frequently wash fabrics that your dog comes in contact with.
You might want to purchase an air filtration system or high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter. Brush your dog outside and keep them well-groomed. If your allergies are bothering you, consider allergy shots or allergy medication.
Are You Getting a New Best Friend?
Adopting a dog is an incredibly rewarding experience. Not only will your health improve, but you will have a new best friend.
Bringing home a new dog can also be a challenge beyond managing pet allergies. That’s why training is so important.
Check out the rest of our website to learn more about training and caring for your new pooch.