Hypoallergenic dogs and cats for those with allergies - 21 News Now, More Local News for Youngstown, Ohio -

Hypoallergenic dogs and cats for those with allergies

Updated: Jan 13, 2014 03:27 PM
© Hemera / Thinkstock © Hemera / Thinkstock
  • More NewsMore>>

  • UPDATED

    Searchers find body of Lawrence County woman

    Searchers find body of Lawrence County woman

    A Lawrence County woman is still missing after the boat she and her husband were fishing in capsized last night. Nancy E. List, of New Castle, was fishing in a small aluminum boat in a private pond in Scott Twp, Lawrence County with her husband Michael W. List also of New Castle when the vessel capsized. Michael says he saw his wife hanging on to the boat attempting to swim to shore when she went under water. He says after searching he went to a nearby residence to call for help. Pennsylvania...More >>
    A Lawrence County woman is still missing after the boat she and her husband were fishing in capsized last night. Nancy E. List, of New Castle, was fishing in a small aluminum boat in a private pond in Scott Twp, Lawrence County with her husband Michael W. List also of New Castle when the vessel capsized. Michael says he saw his wife hanging on to the boat attempting to swim to shore when she went under water. He says after searching he went to a nearby residence to call for help. Pennsylvania...More >>
  • Akron and YSU: "No pressure to compete for Tressel"

    Akron and YSU: "No pressure to compete for Tressel"

    University of Akrontrustees aremoving quickly in their search for the next university president, but say theyare under no pressure to act quickly because of competitionfor acandidate also being considered for the president's post at Youngstown State University.The sentiment is echoed by YSUtrustees, whoare expected toreveal soon if the remaining six applicants being considered for president includes former Ohio State and Youngstown State football coach Jim Tressel.The University ofAkronhas cu...More >>
    University of Akrontrustees aremoving quickly in their search for the next university president, but say theyare under no pressure to act quickly because of competitionfor acandidate also being considered for the president's post at Youngstown State University.The sentiment is echoed by YSUtrustees, whoare expected toreveal soon if the remaining six applicants being considered for president includes former Ohio State and Youngstown State football coach Jim Tressel.The University ofAkronhas cu...More >>
  • Suspect in Trumbull County jail hostage crisis facing death penalty case

    Suspect in Trumbull County jail hostage crisis facing death penalty case

    One of the three inmates identified as being involved in a hostage situation at the Trumbull County jail faces criminal charges that could bring the death penalty if convicted.  Authorities say that 29-year-old David Martin of Cleveland is awaiting trial for the murder of Jeremy Cole in Warren in October, 2012.Martin was a neighbor of Cole who was shot to death at a home on Oak Circle SW. A woman was also wounded during the crime.The Trumbull County Grand Jury handed up a ten countMore >>
    One of the three inmates identified as being involved in a hostage situation at the Trumbull County jail faces criminal charges that could bring the death penalty if convicted.  Authorities say that 29-year-old David Martin of Cleveland is awaiting trial for the murder of Jeremy Cole in Warren in October, 2012.Martin was a neighbor of Cole who was shot to death at a home on Oak Circle SW. A woman was also wounded during the crime.The Trumbull County Grand Jury handed up a ten count
    More >>


By Ashley Henshaw

The most recent trend in pet ownership is hypoallergenic animals. These are cats and dogs that have been bred specifically for those who suffer from pet allergies. The idea behind these pets is that, since they produce little to no allergens, even those who could never before own a cat or dog due to their allergies, would be able to enjoy the benefits of pet ownership. However, not everyone is on board with this concept. Read on to learn the facts about hypoallergenic pets.

Hypoallergenic Breeds

When it comes to hypoallergenic pets, there are certain breeds that are considered to fall under the umbrella. Their status as a hypoallergenic pet is determined by the amount of pet dander they give off. Contrary to popular belief, the dander doesn't come from the fur itself, but rather from a protein in the saliva and urine of a dog or cat. However, the amount of fur a dog or cat has can affect their hypoallergenic status since less shedding leads to less dander being released into the air.

The following are some of the dog breeds considered to be hypoallergenic:

Labrador retriever
Soft-coated wheaten terrier
Poodle
Goldendoodle
Labradoodle
Bedlington terrier
Bichon frise
Chinese crested
Irish water spaniel
Kerry blue terrier
Maltese
Portugese water dog
Schnauzer
Xoloitzcuintli

The following are some of the cat breeds considered to be hypoallergenic:

Devon Rex
Sphynx

In addition to these breeds, there is also a company called Allerca that has claimed to produce cats and dogs that are allergen-free. The prices of these pets are extremely high (about $7,000-$16,000 each), but the company reports very high satisfaction rates from their customers.

Potential Benefits

When getting a pet that is considered to be hypoallergenic, there are several benefits that owners can expect.

First, the reduction in pet dander can seriously reduce their symptoms of pet allergies. For many, this means eyes that are no longer red, itchy, watery or swollen and a lack of nose congestion or runniness.

It can also reduce coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath and frequent bronchitis as well as skin rashes.

In addition, these dogs are often chosen by people who have never before been able to own a pet due to their allergies. This can allow them to enjoy the joys of pet ownership without it compromising their quality of life.

In short, it improves the quality of life for those who could never own a pet due to experiencing these symptoms when around dogs or cats.

Controversies

Despite many reports from allergy sufferers who claim that hypoallergenic pets are the real deal, most scientists agree that there is no such thing as a dog or cat that is completely free of dander. The reasoning behind this statement lies in the origin of the allergens themselves. Pets that barely shed or don't shed at all still get the allergens from the saliva and urine on their fur and bring those allergens into contact with their owners.

Even a hairless pet, like the Sphynx cat, can still get those allergens on its skin, and particles from the skin can fall off the pet's body and be suspended in the air or lie on surfaces in the home. In studies, homes with regular dogs and cats and homes with hypoallergenic dogs and cats were found to have no significant differences when it came to the presence of allergens.

Basically, every pet will give off dander – hypoallergenic ones just give off significantly less. However, there's still a possibility that these animals can trigger allergy symptoms or that they may not be effective at all for those with severe allergies.

Alternatives To Hypoallergenic Pets

Whether your pet is hypoallergenic or not, there are plenty of ways that you can help reduce the presence of pet dander in your home to relieve your allergy symptoms, including:

Don't allow the pet in your bedroom since you spend about one-third of your time each day there. Keep the bedroom door closed when not inside.

Choose a carpet with a low pile for your home.

Have your carpets steam cleaned frequently.

Place throw rugs on your carpeted or bare floors in high-traffic areas. Wash these rugs frequently.

Wear a dust mask when vacuuming.

Use a vacuum with a HEPA filter.

Brush your dog or cat regularly. If possible, do the brushing outdoors.

Give your pet a bath weekly.

Clean litter boxes frequently.

Use a HEPA filter in your central heating and air conditioning system.

Cover vents in the bedroom with a filtering material.

Bottom Line

If you have pet allergies, consider spending time with the breed of your choice before purchasing or rescuing a dog or cat. This may give you a better idea of how much their dander will irritate your allergies. Hypoallergenic breeds may not be truly free of allergens, but they may be a suitable alternative for allergy sufferers who long to own a dog or cat.

Sources:

Mayo Clinic
HealthFinder.gov
Health magazine
Allerca.com
Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America

 

This article was originally posted on SymptomFind.com

Content provided by:

*DISCLAIMER*: The information contained in or provided through this site section is intended for general consumer understanding and education only and is not intended to be and is not a substitute for professional advice. Use of this site section and any information contained on or provided through this site section is at your own risk and any information contained on or provided through this site section is provided on an "as is" basis without any representations or warranties.
  • More From wfmj.comMore>>

  • Restaurant plans new statue of Joe Paterno

    Restaurant plans new statue of Joe Paterno

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 12:57 PM EDT2014-04-23 16:57:56 GMT
     (AP) - Fans of the late Penn State University football coach Joe Paterno are planning to commission a new bronze statue of him, and place it across from the school. Organizers say the statue will feature Paterno sitting on a bench reading. It's expected to cost about $300,000 and would hopefully be done in 2015 by Philadelphia sculptor Zenos Frudakis. Penn State spokeswoman Lisa Powers says the school isn't involved in the plan. But a restaurant owner in downtown State Col...More >>
     (AP) - Fans of the late Penn State University football coach Joe Paterno are planning to commission a new bronze statue of him, and place it across from the school. Organizers say the statue will feature Paterno sitting on a bench reading. It's expected to cost about $300,000 and would hopefully be done in 2015 by Philadelphia sculptor Zenos Frudakis. Penn State spokeswoman Lisa Powers says the school isn't involved in the plan. But a restaurant owner in downtown State Col...More >>
  • Woman allegedly sold heroin from hospital bed

    Woman allegedly sold heroin from hospital bed

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 11:01 AM EDT2014-04-23 15:01:45 GMT
    A woman in western Pennsylvania is accused of selling heroin from a hospital intensive care unit and a hospital room.More >>
    A woman in western Pennsylvania is accused of selling heroin from a hospital intensive care unit and a hospital room.More >>
  • Jet stowaway undetected for hours before departure

    Jet stowaway undetected for hours before departure

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 11:44 PM EDT2014-04-23 03:44:25 GMT
    Surveillance cameras at San Jose International Airport successfully captured the teenager on the tarmac, climbing up the landing gear of a jet. But in the end, the cameras failed because no one noticed the security...More >>
    A 15-year-old stowaway who survived a flight over the Pacific in a jet's wheel well spent seven hours undetected in what is supposed to be a highly secure area of San Jose International Airport before the flight...More >>
  • Hot ClicksHot ClicksMore>>

  • Can an app save the planet?

    Can an app save the planet?

    This startup's Earth Day launch has a massive goal: Cut carbon emissions globally. It has its work cut out for it.
    More >>
    This startup's Earth Day launch has a massive goal: Cut carbon emissions globally. It has its work cut out for it.
    More >>
  • 'Captain America' holds onto top box office spot

    'Captain America' holds onto top box office spot

    Monday, April 21 2014 10:47 PM EDT2014-04-22 02:47:39 GMT
    LOS ANGELES (AP) - Captain America really is unbeatable - at least at the box office"Captain America: The Winter Soldier" has been the top draw at theaters for three consecutive weeks, vanquishing would-be foes including the new thriller starring Johnny Depp.According to Monday's final box office figures, the Marvel sequel added $25.6 million in ticket sales over the weekend. "The Winter Soldier" has made more than $200 million domestically since logging the best April opening in history."Hea...More >>
    LOS ANGELES (AP) - Captain America really is unbeatable - at least at the box office"Captain America: The Winter Soldier" has been the top draw at theaters for three consecutive weeks, vanquishing would-be foes including the new thriller starring Johnny Depp.According to Monday's final box office figures, the Marvel sequel added $25.6 million in ticket sales over the weekend. "The Winter Soldier" has made more than $200 million domestically since logging the best April opening in history."Hea...More >>
  • Netflix poised to raise prices after strong 1Q

    Netflix poised to raise prices after strong 1Q

    Monday, April 21 2014 10:37 PM EDT2014-04-22 02:37:26 GMT
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Netflix is preparing a sequel unlikely to be a hit with its subscribers. The Internet video service is about to raise its prices for the first time in three years to help pay for more Internet video programming such as its popular political drama "House of Cards."The increase, to take place sometime before July, will hike prices by $1 or $2 per month for new customers. The company's nearly 36 million current subscribers will continue to pay $8 per month for at least the n...More >>
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Netflix is preparing a sequel unlikely to be a hit with its subscribers. The Internet video service is about to raise its prices for the first time in three years to help pay for more Internet video programming such as its popular political drama "House of Cards."The increase, to take place sometime before July, will hike prices by $1 or $2 per month for new customers. The company's nearly 36 million current subscribers will continue to pay $8 per month for at least the n...More >>
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and WFMJ. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms