Dog Allergy Symptoms

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Most people love dogs, and rightly so. They've been Man's Best Friend for centuries. They give us companionship and unconditional love and acceptance. They play with us, guard our homes and alert us (loudly) when someone walks up to our house.

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But they do leave a trail of hair and dander behind. For those who have pet dander allergy symptoms it can sometimes be difficult to maneuver in a dog-loving country.

Dog Allergy Symptoms

Common dog allergies symptoms are not unlike other kinds of environmental allergies. They can include:

  • Coughing
  • Itchy and/or runny nose 
  • Red, itchy eyes
  • Skin irritation
  • Sneezing
  • Wheezing

Hives can develop on those who may have a more serious dog allergic reaction. When my son was about 8 months old we took him over to my grandmother's house. She had a mixed breed, Rottweiler and Pit-bull.

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The dog was very friendly and loved giving kisses. She licked my son on the top of his head and within a couple of minutes I noticed his head was completely red. I figured he was allergic to dog saliva.

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Pet Dander Allergy Symptoms

Some studies have concluded that the hair or fur doesn't cause the dog allergic reaction. It's normally the dog dander. What is pet dander? It's all of the nice flakes of dead skin that the dog leaves behind. Studies also indicate that it doesn't matter the kind of dog. Almost all dogs will leave behind a trail of dander, saliva, and urine.

People with a dander allergy will normally have over-sensitive or over- stimulated immune systems. These allergens are thought of by the person's body as an invader and will do anything it can to relieve itself of the attacker. It's probably that your friend doesn't hate your dog, it's just coughing and sneezing are the body's way to get rid of the allergen.

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Dog Allergy Treatments

Your doctor might prescribe antihistamines or a decongestant. You can also use a home remedy such as a Neti Pot or nasal irrigation to remove allergens from your nasal cavity to reduce your dog allergy symptoms.

Your Environment If You Don't Have A Dog

The best way to control dog allergies is to reduce or avoid contact with dogs. You can:

  • Avoid going to homes with dogs. You can be polite and ask the homeowner to put the dog in another room while you're there.
  • Nasal irrigation
  • Remember that your friends with dogs will also bring dog dander into your house


  • Simply stay away from dogs. Don't pet or touch them. 
  • Use prescribed medication
  • Wash your clothes immediately after contact with a dog
  • Wash your hands and keep them away from your face
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Do You Already Have A Dog? Ways To Reduce Pet Allergies

  • Clean, clean and clean. Damp rags can do wonders. Keep the floors mopped and vacuumed. Clean the furniture and curtains.
  • Brush the dog on a regular basis and practice good grooming habits. Remember to bathe you dog, use a good dog shampoo, and have designated towels. 
  • Change your cloth or upholstered furniture for easier to clean furniture like leather
  • Get a vacuum with a HEPA filter
  • Have a dog-free zone in your house
  • Keep dogs off furniture
  • Keep the dog out of the bedrooms
  • Keep the filter in your air conditioner clean
  • Keep your hands washed
  • Leave your shoes outside
  • Use a pet hair roller on your clothes and furniture 
  • Use allergy covers on your blankets, beds, and pillows
  • Wash clothes in hot water and thoroughly dry
  • Wash your dog's bedding once per week in hot water and thoroughly dry

If you think you have dog allergy symptoms or an intolerance it's best to talk to your doctor or allergist. Another avenue is a chiropractor who practices Applied Kinesiology or muscle testing. The doctor, allergist, or chiropractor can perform a series of tests to determine the root cause of the allergy and treat it accordingly. 

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