10 Best Dogs for People Who Have Allergies | DogVacay Official Blog

There are two basic types of allergy testing for specific causes: skin and blood testing. The skin test injects small amounts of potential antigens into the skin, and the practitioner looks for an excess reaction around the injection site – indicating a possible allergy to the injected substance. Various blood tests, such as the RAST (radioallergosorbent) and ELISA (enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay) tests, check for antigen-induced antibodies in the dog’s blood. If we can identify a specific allergen from the testing, we can then desensitize the patient by injecting small doses of the allergen over a period of time – often extending over several years.

Here’s some more background on the best (and worst) breeds for people with dog allergies.

Hi, I just adopted a dog from a Georgia shelter. Nothing about food allergies was noted in her medical records. The last thing she was fed and came with was Purina One Chicken & Rice. She was also just spayed 2 weeks before we got her. She had a discharge coming from her vagina and had to be put on antibiotics so in order for her to eat I added chicken to her dry food. A few weeks later the discharge started up again and she was put on another antibiotic which she is still taking. Also a few weeks into adding the chicken to her dry food we noticed her starting to scratch and bite. Initially it was her vaginal area so we thought it had something to do with the spay surgery. But then it went to her anus and inner thighs. I know the Purina probably doesn’t have any actual chicken in it but didn’t want to change her food until after the antibiotics were done since they were already causing havoc on her system. How long does a dog have to be on a food before she shows symptoms of being allergic? Instead of the vet diets, should I try something a limited ingredient dry food with a protein she has never had? How long until I should notice a difference if it helps? Thank you. I really need some help here!

Nothing to Sneeze At: Cats Worse Than Dogs for Allergies

Regardless of where your dog lives, it’s still possible for him to develop year-round allergies. Not so fast. Studies suggest hypoallergenic cats and dogs can cause just as many symptoms as the regular kind, says James Seltzer, MD, a spokesperson for the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology. That’s because skin and saliva proteins, not just hair, trigger allergy symptoms.

Valuable Nutrients for Seasonal Cat and Dog Allergies

Dogs with soft, constantly-growing hair—the Poodle or the Bichon Frise, for example—may be less irritating to some individuals, although this may be because they are bathed and groomed more frequently. One dog or cat of a particular breed may be more irritating to an individual allergy sufferer than another animal of that same breed.

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