If after reading the title of this article, you are a bit confused, that’s understandable. After all, how could having a dog possibly help you reduce dog allergies? Well, you have to start young… very young. In fact, one study showed that when children were exposed to animals at a very young age (less than one year) they were less likely to develop asthma when they got older.
If you are currently allergic to animals, this information won’t prevent dog dander from making you suffer, but it is good news for expectant mothers.
Early Exposure to Animals Reduces Allergy Risk
A ten-year study conducted in Sweden sought to find the link between exposure to dogs and farm animals and childhood asthma. The study supports the theory that exposure to these animals in the child’s first year of life reduced the likelihood of them developing asthma as they got older.
Of course, factors contribute to the development of both asthma and allergies other than having a pet as a toddler, but that’s certainly good news for expectant mothers. Another benefit of having a dog for pregnant women is that it doubles your chances of getting the recommended amount of daily exercise. That’s 30 minutes for an adult. Plus, having a dog just makes people happier.
Is Your Child Allergic to the Family Pet
As we mentioned, there are other factors at play with allergies and asthma. So, if your child is allergic to your pet, there are steps you can take before you decide to re-home the animal.
Pet dander (tiny skin flakes) is the likely allergen in the case of dogs in the home. Urine and saliva are also factors. Routine cleaning of carpets and furniture helps reduce them. Frequent washing of bed coverings, especially doggie blankets helps too. Air purifiers and vacuums with HEPA filtration removes most allergens as well. It’s also a good idea to limit the time you allow your family pet to spend in the child’s room. And of course, there are medications to treat allergy symptoms that are safe for children.
Pet Dander Allergy Symptoms
If you suspect that you or someone in your family is allergic to pet dander, look for these symptoms:
- Itchy, watery, or red eyes
- Runny nose, congestion
- Swelling, hives, breathing difficulties
Can Dogs Get Allergies?
You may also wonder, can puppies get allergies? Yes, they can. Hay fever in dogs is not uncommon. Pollen and other allergens affect them too during certain parts of the year. You have no doubt heard your dog sneeze during the spring and summer months when pollen counts are high. If you’re wondering how to prevent allergies to dogs, the use of air cleaners helps.
Also, various products help relieve dogs from the discomfort of allergies. Special treats and chews help boost their immune systems or provide itch relief. There are also products you can treat your dog with to remove pet dander from their fur. Ask us about any of these products and we’ll help you choose the right one for your dog.
Are you or a family member allergic to your pet? Get pet help. We have products to relieve symptoms, remove pet dander, and groom your shedding dog. Visit our website to learn more or call us at (847) 205-3647.