Dog Allergy: mans' best friend?
Learn to minimize and eliminate dog allergy symptoms, allergy control tips, review treatment options...including a breakthrough treatment that can end symptoms permanently!
About 43% of American households are home to “Fido.” A large percentage of Americans test positive for dog allergy; up to 30%. Even when some dog owners test positive, however, they may not be willing to acknowledge a connection between their pet and their allergic reactions. For them, the emotional connection they have with their animal takes precedence.
Pet allergy can strike anyone at any age. Like cat allergens, dog allergens are very small, sticky, and lightweight. Originating in a dog’s skin, saliva, and urine, the dander and saliva allergens are able to drift about your home, contaminating everything.
Aside from floating about, dog allergens also attach to a dog’s fur, which carries the allergens about. The allergen attaches to carpets, upholstered furniture, mattresses, and clothes. As you might imagine, animals that slobber a lot can be particularly troublesome to allergy sufferers.
Some pet allergens are breed-specific, so some breeds produce less. Examples of breeds that can produce less pet allergy symptoms are poodles, airedales, and schnauzers. They shed their skin about every 21 days. Compare this to cocker spaniels, german shepards, and Irish setters, which shed their skin every three to four days. If you have a dog skin allergy, which breed would you choose? Click here for detailed information about hypoallergenic dog
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dog related allergy symptoms
Dog allergens can produce asthma, hives, headaches, voice loss, itchy-watery eyes, runny nose, scratchy throat, fatigue, nasal congestion, and sneezing.
The list of common dog related reactions is the same as the list of cat related symptoms above:
• red, itchy, or swollen eyes
• Reddened areas on the skin
• runny nose
• nasal congestion
• ears that become stuffed-up or itchy
• post nasal drip
• itching and horseness in the throat
• coughing and wheezing
• frequent bronchitis
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pet allergy control tips
Many pet allergy sufferers would rather tolerate their coughing and wheezing then abandon one of their "family members." If that is the case, you will need to learn how to make your home allergy friendly:
• Use reputable allergy avoidance products throughout your home
• Wash your hands after having contact with your pet.
• If your allergic reaction is severe, consider changing your clothing after contact.
• Keep pets out of the bedroom or other rooms where you spend a great deal of time.
• Avoid using carpeting in your home since allergens will collect there.
• Avoid using draperies and upholstered furniture since they can become a collecting ground for allergens.
• If you have carpeting, have it steam cleaned as often as possible.
• Wash the baseboards and walls in your home.
• Use a Hepa air cleaner in your home.
• Replace your central heating/air conditioner filters as often as possible.
• Wash and brush your pet each week, which can cut greatly reduce the amount of allergen.
• Make sure your pet's diet contains natural fat. This helps to minimize dry skin and flaking.
pet allergy treatment
Pet related allergy treatment options are similar to those recommended for other types of allergies. Options include the following (a powerful natural allergy treatment method is included):
Medication for dog related allergy is the same as that recommended for other inhalant allergies: bronchodilators, oral antihistamines, corticosteroids, and topical nasal steroids. Discuss with your doctor which might be appropriate for you.
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This involves a series of injections, in gradually increasing dosages, which include extracts of various allergens so that an individual with a particular pollen allergy can develop a tolerance to that allergen.
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