Natural Remedies for Dog Allergies
Studies show that about 1 in 6 Americans is allergic to dogs. Yet when told by their doctor to get rid of a pet, less than 2% are willing to comply.
Instead, they choose to live with a variety of symptoms: puffy-red eyes, runny nose, sneezing, coughing, headache, itchy skin, hives or rashes, exhaustion, shortness of breath, even arthritis-like joint pain.
Fortunately, there are natural remedies for dog allergies.They can’t cure the problem but they can destroy the protein allergens that provoke symptoms. In the case of dog allergies, that contaminant is Can f1 – a microscopic protein found primarily in dog saliva (but also present in dog urine, excrement, fur and dander).
Constantly shed by a dog’s body, Can f1 particles become airborne and can float many yards away. That’s why you can suffer with symptoms even if you don’t own a dog! These allergens are sticky, so they cling to clothing, upholstery and other fabric surfaces. From there, they are picked up and absorbed into human skin.
Experts know that dog allergies are a cumulative response to Can f1. In other words, prolonged exposure to dogs will eventually lead to an allergy even in mildly susceptible people. That’s one reason why the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) calls American homes “the most allergic” environments in the nation.
Use an indoor allergen neutralizer. There are all-natural formulas available that won’t expose you, your family or your pet to harsh chemicals. Easy Air Organic Allergy Relief Spray and Organic Allergy Relief Laundry Rinse are good examples. They instantly destroy dog allergens, and the benefits last for weeks.
Groom your dog after an “exciting” day. Whenever dogs get excited or stressed, they shed more Can f1 allergens. So have the dog brushed thoroughly after it plays or gets upset.
Bathing definitely helps. Allergists say that a bath lowers the level of surrounding Can f1 by up to 84%.
Use a hypoallergenic pet shampoo. Various brands are available at pet stores, or you can make your own by mixing 2-oz glycerin (available at any pharmacy), 8-oz liquid dish soap, 8-oz apple cider vinegar and 8-oz water.
Don’t trade in your dog for an “allergy-free” breed. There is no such thing. All dogs shed Can f1. The goal is simply to minimize the level of protein allergen that your pet sheds.