Don’t blame it on your pooch, it is not his fault you are allergic to him. It is actually the proteins in his urine, saliva and dried flakes of his skin that are causing you to experience symptoms of dog allergies.
How Doggie Allergies Work
However, the trick is that your immune system is actually hypersensitive, so it sees these allergens as dangerous invaders, which is why your nasal passages and lungs fire up.
Don’t know if you are allergic to canines?
Here’s the list of symptoms so you can find out:
- Watery eyes
- Sore throat
- Asthma (or other respiratory conditions)
- Eczema, rashes and hives
Reducing The Risk
Bathing your pooch at least once every two weeks will keep him fresh and clean, but it will also wash those allergens down the drain.
This goes without saying but make sure you don’t share your own shampoo with your pooch. As we already mentioned in several of the previous articles, human shampoos have their own specially formulated pH level that don’t match with their pH level range, and use strong detergents that can irritate your dog’s sensitive skin.
If in doubt, ask your vet which brand of shampoo is most effective when it comes to removing the allergens.