Features March 2018 Issue

Are You Allergic to Your Dog?

Sally, a six-year-old German Shorthaired Pointer, belongs to JP and Amy Frary, in Alameda, California. Amy is extremely allergic to dogs, but wouldn’t dream of living without one – just one, though. When there are two dogs in the house, she has noticed, her allergies increase exponentially. Amy copes by keeping the floors bare and clean, washing Sally’s bed frequently, washing her hands after petting Sally, and taking allergy medicine.

Are You Allergic to Your Dog?

As many of our readers can attest, you don’t have to “get rid of the dog.” Here are management techniques to keep your dog allergy symptoms at bay.

Those of us who struggle with allergies of any type can thank our immune system for its tendency to over-react to certain perfectly harmless things in the environment. In the case of an allergic reaction to dogs, the body is reacting to harmless proteins in the dog’s urine, saliva, or dander.

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