Allergies

Berry Van Loenen
A free video tutorial from Berry Van Loenen
Dog Expert & Trainer at Curious Puppies
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Allergies

There is a lot more to allergies and dogs than "hypo-allergenic" or not.

All the useful tips and advice on what to do and what to avoid.

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05:56:35 of on-demand video • Updated March 2017

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English [Auto] All right. So if you've never been around dogs which is pretty rare. Some people are actually still to this day surprised that people find out when they first visit the breeder that all of a sudden they break out in hives and allergies show up why they've never found this out. I don't really know but it happens. I've seen it actually quite a few times. So you want to find out if you have allergies before you buy a dog. Because again this is not really fair to the puppy breeder. You maybe have children. It's very sad to see children cry because mommy daddy can have the dog because somebody has allergies in the family. So you want to find out if you have allergies because allergies can be optional of course very very devastating if you have a dog. So first I want to mention what kind of allergies and how and what to look for of course. Surprisingly a lot of people don't really know there are two different kinds of allergies for dogs. A lot of people think it's the dander. You know people always tend to say the hair loss the shedding of the dog will give you the allergies but that's not true of course because you're not sniffing in a chunk of hair from the dog you're going to be when you get allergy reactions it's that tiny little particles coming from their skin. The dander that gives you the hives. So that's one of the main and probably the most common allergies people have towards dogs. Now some people can be allergic to cats. Cats are very different in their in their their whole bodies. It's a totally different species. So if you're allergic to cats does not always mean that you are going to be allergic to dogs so what you want to do is find someone that has a dog. Maybe visit them and see how you're doing around the dog. You want to find a dog that is not high poll and hypoallergenic. I know it's a difficult word. No know it's a dog that sheds hair potentially but it also is a dog that sheds dander. That's really what you want to look for. So it is often a shorter hair dog that can have some some dander loss. So as maybe as awkwardest may be rubbed the dog see breathe in her mouth. The dog just to see if you're going to have a reaction. And if you do usually within 15 minutes maybe half an hour you tend to have a reaction. If you can borrow a friend's dog that may not be hypoallergenic. And then you have it in the house for a little bit. You might actually get a reaction to it. So this is good to know because now you know yes you have an allergy reaction to this and you should be looking for a dog that is hypoallergenic and that is usually a poodle ish cross shitz sue. There's a whole bunch of different dogs now. There's there's a there's a lot of different dogs out there that are hypoallergenic and you will be fine around because they don't have the Dan or loss because there are too many choices out there. I cannot just give you all the choices there are so many mixes like the Goldendoodle I showed you at the beginning of the videos Goldendoodle is a cross between a golden retriever which is a not non hypoallergenic dog it's just shedding dog and a poodle which is a hyper genic dog because they combined the two. They may or may not be high apologetic. Usually the curlier do better because they tend to take more after the poodle. In this case and therefore give you less of an allergic reaction so. So the sniffles that's your first allergic reaction that people tend to have. And there's kind of another one that some people don't realize is allergies toward the saliva of a dog. Now this is people kind of noticed by rashes on their skin and sometimes it turns red and even bubbles up a little bit and that isn't an allergic reaction to the saliva. This bit of a dog if you're not sure if you're going to be allergic to that. As awkward as this again may be you may want to just stick your finger in the mouth of the dog get it nice and wet and smear it under your chin under your neck here. Right there. Just do it gently because you don't want to leave a mark on your skin and just leave it there for a few minutes. Now I've seen this happen a few times where people do this and they totally turn red and itchy and it starts even sometimes bubble up. But that unfortunately is an allergic reaction when you have that kind of allergy. It doesn't matter if it's a poodle or a Golden Retriever or any other dog. In most cases you will have the allergy reaction which means no dog will be fine for you. It's very unfortunate but that's the way it tends to be. However if you don't let the dog lick you you're fine because you can be around the dog and the dog doesn't give you the allergic reaction because unless you let them lick you all the time it's actually not going to bother you. So that's the two different kinds of allergies that are out there so it's good to kind of know what's what's doing. It's good to know if you are having allergies or not there is a potential solution for it. I have heard of people doing this. They have contacted their doctor and explained that they want to get a dog and they have allergy reactions towards dogs. And supposedly there is a needle that vaccine that people can have to take to to basically fight the allergic reaction. It basically suppresses the allergic reaction towards actually various allergies. So talk to your doctor if you are interested in that because it can help people. I've heard of some doctors refusing it. Why. I don't know. So again you may have to talk to your doctor about this if they are able to do this and help you that way. So hopefully this will be helpful for if you do have allergy reactions towards dark.