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What causes a dog allergy?
The most important thing to remember about a dog allergy is that it is not the hair or dander that you are allergic to. It is a certain protein produced in their sebaceous gland on their skin. This protein is then soaked in by the pet hair and that is your allergen.  These dog allergens are very sticky and adhere to your clothing, furniture and walls.  They also stay in the air for hours and stay potent for weeks.

How to deal with your dog allergy?
The most important thing to know is that you do not have to get rid of your dog.  There are several ways to help you cope with your allergies and to keep you symptoms at a minimum. The most important thing to do is to keep your dog out of your bedroom.  You spend about a third of your life in your bedroom so if you can keep this room as free of the allergen as you can the better your symptoms will be.

Here's a few other helpful tips:
1. Wash your hands immediately after you pet your dog.
2. Have your dog brushed regularly, daily is best. (someone other then yourself)
3. Bathe your dog frequently by someone other then yourself.
4. Avoid heavy carpets in your house if possible.
5. Vacuum your floors frequently.
6. Replace your air filters as much as once a month.

Here are a few "better" breeds for allergy sufferers:

Airedale
Basenji
Bedlington terrier
Maltese
Poodle
Shih tzo
Wire-haired terrier
Italian greyhound

Why immunotherapy (allergy shots) could also help you?
You may do all the precautionary measures to reduce your dog allergens in your home but you can still have allergy symptoms.  These injections would boost your immunity to your dog and then eventually become immune and be without symptoms.
 
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