There Is No Such Thing As A’Hypo-Allergenic’ Dog

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A new study supports the truth which I have observed in my practice for years: the belief that some dogs (especially Poodle crosses) are less likely to trigger allergy in people is nonsense:

‘In fact, scientists found that “hypoallergenic” canines had more allergy-causing protein in their fur than did dogs without the label. And the air in their owners’ homes contained no less of the allergenic protein.’

It appears that the ‘hypo-allergenic’ myth comes from the fact that certain breeds of dogs appear to shed less hair. In fact the amount of hair shed by a dog has no effect on how severe a reaction it will cause to an allergy sufferer.

In fact, there is no such thing as a ‘hypo-allergenic’ dog. I strongly recommend allergy sufferers to undergo a treatment called ‘desensitization’, involving a number of injections over a period of time it sometimes causes the allergy to completely regress. If that doesn’t help, maybe you should consider goldfish as a pet instead.

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About Dr Vadim Chelom

Dr Vadim Chelom is a Registered Veterinarian, a writer and an educator

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