If you are an allergy sufferer and still want to share your home with a four-footed canine companion there are a few simple steps you can take to help keep the sniffles at bay and live peaceably with the furriest of Fidos.
As a longtime professional dog groomer the first thing I told my allergy prone clients was that it’s crucial to keep your dog super clean.
Bathing your dog frequently, contrary to popular belief, is good for her coat as long as you are using a good quality dog shampoo. Regular bathing not only lifts dander and allergens from her coat, but also helps free the loose undercoat which is the root source of many allergy problems.
You can attempt to deal with loose coat by brushing, but that does nothing to remove your dog’s dander. A weekly bath will help you wash away not only the dander and but the loose undercoat as well by rinsing it away and down the drain (before it can find it’s way onto your floors, furnishings and carpet, which can be disastrous for allergy sufferers).
The second most important tip after bathing often will probably surprise you.
Most women would never consider shampooing their own hair without using a conditioner afterwards.
To significantly reduce the allergen load that even the most hypoallergenic breed of dog can bring into the home be sure to follow each bath with applying quality dog coat conditioner to your dog’s coat. Not only will a good coat conditioner help reduce dander, it will moisturize the skin and coat, an essential for people with allergies.
Dry skin is flakey skin, whether found on you or your dog, keeping her coat healthy means keeping it hydrated and moisturized, your allergies (and your dog) will thank you.