Allergens 101

Canine

Canis familiaris

Dog allergies, which are caused by proteins in their saliva, urine, and dead skin, are on the rise worldwide. All dogs produce allergens but there are differences depending on their breed and age. For example, certain breeds are more susceptible to eczema and seborrhea meaning they produce more dander. Similarly, older dogs have drier skin and also produce more dander.

Common symptoms

  • Hay fever

    A runny nose, stuffiness, and sneezing are very common

  • Eye allergies

    Itchy, watery, or red eyes are very common

  • Asthma

    Coughing, wheezing, chest congestion, chest tightness and shortness of breath

Are dog allergies the same around the world?

The prevalence of dog allergies varies in different parts of the world but is rising overall.

Bottle

Recommended solutions

The highest levels of pet allergens are found in the living room and bedroom. Carpets and upholstery, in particular, are major reservoirs for these allergens. Symptoms can be prevented or reduced through the below steps. If you would like to prevent your allergies from progressing or are looking for long-term relief, talk to your doctor about allergy immunotherapy or find out if you are eligible for NectarRx Allergy Treatment.

  • Keep the dog out of the bedroom

  • Wrap bedding in allergen-proof covers

  • Change clothes after exposure

  • Regularly bathe the dog

  • Use Benadryl, Claritin, or Zyrtec as needed

  • Treat with allergen immunotherapy