There are close to 50 million American’s that have some form of allergies1. The various types of allergies include:
- Drug (medicine)
- Insects that sting (bee, wasp, fire ant); bite (mosquito, tick); or are household pests (cockroach and dust mite)
- Pet (dog or cat urine, saliva and dander)
Over the past year, our service has received various questions on each of the allergy types listed above. We are starting a new segment on our community called – “Let’s Talk About It”. This new segment will be focused on some of the most common Ask the Allergist questions and answers on any given topic.
We are dedicating our first topic to Pet allergies focusing on “Dogs”. That’s, right, everything you wanted to know about dog allergy will be at your fingertips.
Test Your Knowledge
What is a ?A pet allergy is caused by the development of an antibody to proteins in the skin, saliva and urine of pets.
What is dander?Dander is the dead skin cells that slough off an animal. Mixed with saliva and urine, this collects on an animal’s fur and can lead people to think they are allergic to the fur (or hair) of an animal.
How do I treat allergy to Pet Dander?A board-certified allergist can help find multiple treatments that can be used together, discuss avoidance strategies and allergen immunotherapy or allergy shots. Allergy shots can help build tolerance to allergic triggers such as animal dander and can reduce symptoms over time.
That's My Dog!
Is there a better breed of dogs for people with pet allergies?While there is a great variability of dog breeds, no specific dog bread is non-allergenic. Typically, many view certain breeds to be less allergenic (such as Bichon Frise, Maltese, and Labradoodle) however, these dogs still have potential to cause allergy.
What should I do if I want to get a dog?Our board-certified allergist recommends that you schedule an evaluation by a board-certified allergist to determine if there is allergic sensitivity to dog, prior to getting a dog. He also recommends spending time with the animal if possible to determine if symptoms occur.
What should I do if I already have a dog and I develop dog allergy?Removing the pet from the home is often the best treatment. However, if you still want to keep your pet, there may be some strategies to reduce exposure. Read more on our web article.
Do you have a dog allergy? How have you managed it? What challenges do you face?
Let’s talk about it!
 CDC, Gateway to Health Communication and Social Marketing Practice. Allergies. (Retrieved February 16, 2018)