Sunday, 16 November 2008

Is this the one?

The pet allergy problem in the U.S. is considerable; about 10 percent of the U.S. population is allergic to animals, according to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. For those persons afflicted with asthma, the rate is even higher - approximately 25%. Allergic reactions to pets can range from unconfortable (itchy or watery eyes) to downright dangerous, such as asthma attacks that constrict breathing.
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 the home, contaminating everything. All dog allergen is not the same, however, which is good news for allergy sufferers. Some pet allergens are breed-specific, so some breeds produce less than others such as poodles, airedales, and schnauzers. These breeds shed their skin about every 21 days. Compare this to cocker spaniels, Alsatians and Irish setters, which shed their skin every three to four days.
So logically, the hairless dog should be the one to get for all sufferers. But that is not the case because it is the dander (skin scales) that causes the most significant allergic reactions and not the length or amount of hair on the pet.
Words like “hypoallergenic dogs, non-allergic breeds, reduced allergic reaction” are highly searched terms on the internet but let’s face it if you are allergic, it is much wiser not to acquire a pet which will make you suffer and which eventually will have to be put up for adoption.


Winchester whisperer said...

Let's hope he doesn't choose that one! It sounds as if he would have done better to refuse a dog on allergy grounds and go for a tortoise instead. After all, he can't break one of his first promises.

Violets new Vintage said...

People who are allergic to many things say allergy shots work to decrease or eliminate allergic reactions to many things, including animals. A supervisor I worked with was a very allergic person and took allery medicine for many things. She was so happy when she realized it worked on her sensitivity to animals and she went out and adopted two little dogs.

jmb said...

I think this is a valid conclusion Eurodog. Best not to risk it unless you are sure. Once you have a dog it would be impossible to give it up because you are so allergic to it. Not fair on either of you.

James Higham said...

I probably have a mild case of allergic reaction but as animals tend to snuggle up, it's difficult to do much about it.