Allergic to dogs? All is not lost

by Leanne Thompson on May 21, 2011

bedlington-terrierMany people suffer from allergies which affects some, or many, of the lifestyle choices that they make. However, if the kids are still begging for a dog and you’re steadfastly refusing to give in there are a few simple techniques that can be helpful in reducing the risk of an allergic reaction to having a dog in your home.

Dander, which is attached to the dog’s hair, is the main reason that people suffer from allergic reactions to dogs. However; there are dogs that have consistent and predictable coats that produce less dander, therefore reducing the risk (more…)

Which dog breeds are best for allergy suffers?

by Mark James on August 12, 2010

A person can be afflicted with an allergy at any stage of their lives. Whereas someone may avoid a particular detergent or soap, dairy products or shellfish if they are allergic to them, a dog owner will often choose to live with their symptoms rather than give up their four-legged friend.

If you find that you start to suffer from sneezing, a runny or itchy nose, watery eyes, a sore throat or skin rashes when you’re around your dog, there’s a good chance that you have developed an intolerance to him. This can be confirmed by a visit to your GP, who can arrange for you to undergo test to determine the source of your allergy.

It’s unlikely that an owner will swap their pet for a breed that is allergy friendly, but there are several measures that you can take to minimise the onset of your symptoms.

First and foremost is cleanliness. Dog allergens will be found on furniture, walls, curtains and clothing, and can remain airborne for some time. Don’t allow your pet to sleep or play on any furniture that you will be using. Dander can gather here, and can cause a severe reaction. It’s essential to ensure that your house is cleaned regularly. Shampoo or steam clean your carpet every (more…)

Stud dog Phil unchanged by Kennel Club Crufts hype

by Leanne Thompson on March 4, 2009

If you haven’t heard of the debacle between the BBC and the Kennel Club over the last twelve months, then where have you been?

Last March, Crufts was bathed in loving attention from 160,000 dog loving visitors and attracted more than £14 million viewers to its BBC showing, but that was before the BBC showed its pedigree exposé, Pedigree Dogs Exposed in August 2008.

Since then, the Kennel Club has lost valuable sponsorship from both the RSPCA and the Dogs Trust amongst others and, following further arguments with the BBC where the Kennel Club refused to ban 14 ‘problem’ breeds from Crufts (namely the bulldog, Pekingese, mastiff, chow chow, the bloodhound, german shepherd, clumber spaniel, dogue de bordeaux, cavalier king charles, basset hound, neapolitan mastiff, shar pei, rhodesian ridgeback and the saint Bernard), it was dropped from the BBC schedule for the first time since 1966 in a move that some say was hypocritical as the BBC’s Eastenders later featured a Saint Bernard being used as a show dog and a stud dog.

Crufts 2009 is still to proceed, but will no doubt suffer from all the negative press received.

Last year’s Crufts Best in Show is Phil, show (more…)