January 21, 2020

The surprising discovery about dog allergies

The surprising discovery about dog allergies
Dr. Chris Brown

If being around dogs has you feeling not so free and sneezy, listen up. If you have allergies, how your body reacts to male and female dogs is actually very different...

Here’s the first surprise. We often assume the 10% of the population with pet allergies are reacting to their hair. It’s simply not true. In fact, it’s the proteins in dead skin cells, urine and dried saliva that cause the runny eyes, nose, skin hives and uncontrollable sneezing. So while non-shedding dogs generally produce fewer dead skin cells, they can technically still cause allergies.

But as research just released has discovered, allergy sufferers tend to react to female dogs less than males. The reason? It’s all because of a protein produced by the prostate gland that finds its way into the urine of male dogs and then into the environment.

The fact is there’s still no such thing as a purely allergy free dog or cat. And many of us are willing to tolerate the odd sniffle considering their overflowing love is nothing to be sneezed at...

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