and Cat Allergies
by David the Dogman
David Klein FDTCB. F.inst D. Canine Behaviourist
There is no breed of
dog not even a Poodle or Chihuahua that will not trigger sneezes,
rashes or asthmatic reactions. Allergic reactions can vary from
dog to dog or cat to cat according to Jonathan Corren Clinical Professor
of medicine and Director of the Allergy Research Foundation at the
University of California.
It is the Dander and
top skin and certain proteins in saliva and urine that cause people
allergic problems according to Emily Rothstein a resident in dermatology
at Cornhill College of Veterinary Medicine. Any dog or cat that
urinates or licks has the potential to be an allergic-type breed.
Most research on pet
allergies has centered on allergies to cats, maybe this is no surprise
because they are twice as likely to make their owners sneeze as
dogs. Longer haired cats tend to shed less allergen and consequently
owners with allergies have fewer reactions. Cats that are short
haired traditionally give off more allergen, it is not known if
this is true for dogs.
HOW TO BEAT
Research has shown that
if a cat or dog is washed about once a week the airborne allergens
are cut drastically. It is recommended that dogs should be kept
outdoors at night. Dogs and cats that live indoors should not spend
any time in the allergic person's bedroom and never allowed on beds.
Dander collects in the
carpets. upholstered furniture and bedding so for those suffering
allergies it is better to be without carpets and have wooden furniture
or leather. Bedding should be encased in plastic and if it is impossible
to remove carpets then these should be steamed cleaned every three
months to remove allergens. It is also advisable to wash walls and
Animal allergens are
very small and very sticky and once they are secreted they dry on
the animals fur, become stuck on fur and become airborne during
petting and grooming. According to Bonnie Eiche a spokeswoman for
the Asthma and Allergy Foundation "They are so small that they can
stay airborne for a long time and because they are sticky, they
adhere to walls, clothing, and heating and cooling ducts."
About 7 years ago I
gave up smoking and noticed that I was coughing and choking when
handling dogs. After a few tests I was duly informed " Mr. Dogman
you are an asthmatic and allergic to dogs" "No not me......not possible
thats my job" but sadly I now have to take all kind of things to
help control my allergic symptoms from medication to inhalers and
most important I wash my hands more than a surgeon and change my
clothes about three times a day and wash my dogs every week.
But with all my allergies
I could not live without dogs because I feel that dogs enhance our
quality of life and are worth having around.
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by David Klein. Do you have any problems with your pet? Then why
not send your problem to DAVID THE
DOGMAN. David is a Canine Behaviourist who works and lives in
Marbella, Spain. Tel/Fax (00345) 2883388. His web site is located
David has his own radio and TV shows, and writes for many newspapers
and magazines. David has been working with dogs for many years and
started his career in Israel, working on the Border Police. He has
been involved in all forms of training, including air sea rescue,
air scent work, and has trained dogs for finding drugs. David has
devoted the past 10 years to studying behaviour and the very passive
approach. He does not use choke chains, check chains, or any form
David The Dogman is
available for private consultations in your home, for further details
telephone; Tel; (95) 2883388
Editor's Note: This
article is not intended to serve as medical advice. If you suspect
that you have pet allergies contact a physician.