Living with a dog allergy

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Living with a dog allergy

26% of people in the UK own a dog, and with good reason. Dogs aren’t known as ‘man’s best friend’ for nothing. They are one of the most loving, caring, and loyal pets anyone can ask for. Their intelligence allows them to be trained as guide dogs, therapy dogs, guard dogs, police dogs, and so much more. Their presence in society is essential to many people’s lives. Even the ones that just lie on the sofa all day still bring immense joy to their owners.

Are you allergic to dogs?

There’s nothing like walking into your house and being greeted by your furry friend. But for people with a dog allergy, walking into a house with a pooch inside also means being greeted by sneezing, runny noses, itchy eyes, and a rash. An allergy to dogs means missing out on the quality they bring to a dog lover’s life. This can be particularly disheartening to those who grew up with dogs but had an adult-onset allergy.

Can you avoid symptoms?

For those determined to be around pups, regardless of their dog allergy, and whose symptoms are manageable and non-severe, there is good news. Some dogs are less likely to trigger allergies than others, although no dog is completely allergy safe. It is possible to only be allergic to certain breeds or a particular sex, due to the different allergens they produce. For example, some allergenic proteins are produced by the prostate gland. If you are allergic to these specific proteins, it would result in you being allergic to male dogs rather than female.


Dog allergies are caused by allergic reactions to proteins most commonly found in a dog’s saliva, urine, and dander. This is why most people consider dogs that shed less and have low amounts of dander to be better for people with allergies as it reduces the spread of allergens around your home. You are less likely to breathe allergens in. Low-shed and low-dander breeds include poodles, Basenjis, Yorkshire terriers, Shih Tzus, Afghan hounds, and schnauzers.

What’s the solution?

But, just like with cats, having a dog that sheds less won’t guarantee you are symptom-free. There is still the problem of their saliva and urine, which is sometimes unavoidable. If you are living with dogs, and experience symptoms due to an allergy there are treatments available to minimise your reactions.

Desensitisation can reduce your itching, sneezing, running nose, and watery eyes. Although antihistamines might be effective for some allergies, they come with some side effects like dry mouth, nausea, blurred vision, drowsiness, and dizziness. This makes it difficult to go about your day if you are using them every day.

If you’re looking for a long-term solution to your dog allergy, book an appointment with London Allergy and Immunology Centre today. Our specialist consultants can provide you with the best treatment for you. We’ll create a long-term plan to manage ongoing symptoms, allowing you to live the way you want to.

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