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 Signs of Dog Allergies 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 that 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.
Signs of Dog Allergies.
- 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.
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
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.
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The also elicit responses from patients who are typically withdrawn and limited in their abilities.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 especially 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