November 26, 2013

No Sneeze-Proof Breeds, Alas

1 “Hypoallergenic” Dogs Turn Out Not to Be

Although some breeds or mixed breeds of dogs are promoted as being hypoallergenic, meaning they don't trigger a reaction among allergy sufferers, a study that vacuumed 173 one-dog homes for traces of canis familiaris 1, a salivary protein that causes most dog allergies, found no difference in the amounts collected whether the dog of the house was labeled hypoallergenic or not. Among other findings: there were more allergens in the homes of spayed or neutered dogs; carpeted floors had more allergens than wood or tile floors; and there was insufficient data to determine whether certain breeds or mixes produced more or less allergens than others. Note: a dog-free home is no guarantee of protection, since the allergen was found in half the homes in a control group that had no dogs at all.

More at Sfgate.com | Posted 4 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Previously: Scientists Identify Cat Allergy Trigger

Tags: Allergies, Pet Allergies, Dog Allergies, Hypoallergenic Dogs, Preventing Allergy Reactions, Allergic to Housepets

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