The major dog allergies can affect both dog owners and non dog owners. In dogs the main allergens known as Can f 1 (Canis familiaris allergen 1) and Can f 2 (Canis familiaris allergen 2) usually come from a dog’s saliva.
Dog albumin is another allergy that establishes itself from a protein found in a dog’s blood; this allergy can cross react with other animal such as cats.
An allergy to a dog is a common occurrence. However regular bathing of your dog can reduce the release of the number of allergens from your pet.
On the plus side there have been studies that show dog owners who have children need not worry too much as children build up an immunity while having a pet dog.
Infants and children with dogs are less likely to have a wheeze compared to children who have no dog as a pet.
It is important to note that more advice is needed when a child already has asthma or another chronic illness. Contacting your GP is the best way forward before deciding to own a dog.
Dog owners may not want to be parted from their pet and if so will have to reduce their symptoms with additional maintenance within their home:
• Ensure your dog is neutered and bathed at least once a week
• Wipe your dog down with a wet or damp cloth every day
• Remove the dog from your bedroom, open up your vents and keep your bedroom door shut
• Keep your pet outside in a kennel during the daytime
• Vacuum your carpets all through the house frequently
• Steam clean your furniture and wash bedding and curtains on a regular basis
• Keep hardwood floors and paintwork clean
There is no breed of dog that is completely non-allergenic however some breeds can be tolerated much more than others.