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True or False Facts of Allergies

True or False? Some cat and dog breeds cause allergies and some don’t.
False: A cat is a cat. and a dog is a dog. Your allergy is to the entire species. So, do not get fooled into buying an expensive special hypoallergenic pet (Portuguese Water dogs included). Cats and dogs with less fur may have the same amount of dander as cats and dogs with more fur. It’s the dander, skin and saliva that you are allergic to.

True or False? Airing your house out after being closed up all winter is a good idea.
Maybe: I have heard that opening the windows and airing out the house helps if you have indoor allergies only. BUT, Spring follows Winter and Spring is the worst time for seasonal allergies. Opening windows will let new allergens enter your living space. Keep you windows and doors closed if you have seasonal allergies, but use HEPA filters on your furnace and air conditioner. If you do not have an air conditioner, use air cleaner units with fans in your bedroom.

True or False? Cooking foods helps with food allergies. Read about this and more…


2 Responses

  1. There is no such thing as a completely Hypoallergenic dog, so do not purchase a pup if the breeder or store tells you it’s completely “hypoallergenic”. This means they haven’t done their homework! It’s the dander and saliva that most people are allergic to not the hair itself. Non-shedding dogs are less inclined to trigger allergies, but they are not completely hypoallergenic.

    Recently, scientists have advanced the notion that it’s good for children to be exposed to germs carried into the house on the animal’s fur, as it helps their immune systems develop. The same beneficial effect was not seen in children who did not have a dog at home, even if they did have frequent contact with dogs outside the home.

    It’s up to you and your doctor to work out the details. Just don’t believe the hype about hypoallergenic dogs.


  2. I have heard that Basenji, Bedlington Terrier, Bichon Frise, Border Terrier, Chinese Crested and of course the Portuguese Water Dogs are allergy free pets. I haven’t tested any of them, but many sources say this is true.


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