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Dogs for People with Allergies

People are allergic to the dander produced by the dog, not the dog itself. Dander is the dry skin which flakes off the animal and into the air. While there is no breed which is dander free, there are some which produce less, and therefore, make better companions to those who suffer from allergies.

The American Kennel Club has developed a list of breeds which have less dander. They are as follows: Bedlington Terrier, Bichon Frise, Chinese Crested, Irish Water Spaniel, Kerry Blue Terrier, Maltese, Poodle, Portugese Water Dog, Schnauzer, Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier, and the Xoloitzcuintli more commonly known as the Mexican Hairless.

There are several measures which can be taken to minimize the dander in the home. An electrostatic high-efficiency particulate air cleaner HEPA, will help filter the air. Also, frequent vacuuming and cleaning of rugs and curtains will reduce particles imbedded in them. Bathe the dog twice a month, but not more frequently as it will dry their skin out and lead to more dander.

There is a new drug named anti-IgE which allows a child or adult with moderate allergies to live with a dog. The injections are administered bimonthly. Genetech, Inc., Novartis Pharma AG, and Tanox are working jointly on the development. They are expected to soon file an application with the Food and Drug Administration for approval of their product.

If you suffer with pet allergies, please contact your Houston Veterinarian Clinic for advice, so that you can live comfortably.

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