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Old July 13th, 2010, 10:48 AM
eturner eturner is offline
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Having Schnauzers, I get asked all the time if they are hypo-allergenic because they don't shed. The answer is simple, there is no such thing as truly hypo-allergenic, some dogs will cause less problems because they shed much less hair and dander, but no dog can claim to be actually hypo-allergenic. While dogs like schnauzers and poodles don't go through seasonal sheds and need to be groomed as the hair continues to grow in the same way that human hair does, you will still find hair in the home on a regular basis. Mind you, now that menopause is setting in I sweep up more of my own than the pups
I have placed a foster in a home with a family who had a person who was allergic to dogs and she did tolerate living with a schnauzer quite well but that will not be the case for everyone with allergies.
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Old September 22nd, 2010, 12:51 PM
Jumajum Jumajum is offline
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I'm in the camp that says that different people react differently to different animals.
What you might not be allergic to somebody else might be. If you do want to have a pet, and you or a family member are allergic, it's up to you alleviate the situation. This means spending time on grooming and maintaining the pet and the home.

My husband is allergic to dogs and cats and he is also an asthmatic. There was much discussion about the allergy reducing protocol that would have to be imposed in order to make it work for us.

We planned on getting a rescue dog but ended up with a pair of puppies. I use Allerpet weekly and I brush them every other day outside. There’s also anti-allergen shampoos on the market.
I also have a HEPA air filter running in the living room where they spend most of their indoor time. They are not allowed in the bedroom or my husband's office. Largely because the rooms still have carpet and partly because they're a mess

So far, the husband says that the allergies haven’t kicked in. They’re all over him, kisses and snugglies. We’re keeping our fingers crossed.
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Old March 27th, 2012, 12:43 PM
lovepet lovepet is offline
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Hey Doc...
thanks a lot for such a nice and informative post

You know I am asthmatic and as a result, allergic to cats and dogs
but still own a dog

but took much care while touching and patting him
but this post of yours gives me much info and knowledge
now I am going to have some more research on this topic so can better work with my pet

Thanks
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Old July 13th, 2012, 01:20 AM
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I should say, I have two boxers which have short hair and my son Sam is still allergic to them.
I have used some products but nothing works like vacuuming EVERY DAY! and it's not fun...
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Old December 2nd, 2012, 08:37 PM
Anomoley Anomoley is offline
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This is GREAT information!

My husband's been allergic to dogs his entire life, and he does just fine with our (non-"hypoallergenic") Cavalier.

I believe this is because we got the dog as a puppy, and the hubby's immune system had a chance to adjust... and also because I bathe the dog weekly, keep our place immaculately clean (vacuum every 2 days), and we also don't allow the dog in the bedroom.

Where there's a will, there's a way... between the meds available to take care of human allergies and the dander reducing products for pet care, I really don't see a reason for anyone to ever have to give up their pets because of allergies. Extra time and care? YES. But it's always worth it!!
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