AjAchoo! There’s nothing quite like spring time to bring your allergies out and about. With the snow finally melting and the spring flowers making their grand debut, pollen counts will undoubtedly be on the rise. While this creates issues to begin with for allergy sufferers, if you have a dog you might find that your allergies are even worse. Over the winter most pups will grow their winter coat to help keep them warm on even the most frigid days.
While this is necessary for the winter, as spring rolls around the winter coat is no longer needed. Unlike your winter parka, however, the dogs winter coat doesn’t end up in the closet (well not directly at any rate) it gets shed; all through your house. The amount of dander (the part you’re actually allergic to) in the house can quickly aggravate your allergies. So before you go reaching for the box of tissues, here’s a couple of quick tips that can help with your spring time dog allergies.
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Not only does grooming go a long way to help prevent mats, tangles, and doggy smell, but it can also help to cut down on your allergies. Find one of the nicer days to sit outside and brush your dog. This keeps the excess dander and hair kicked up to a minimum as well as keeping it from accumulating inside your house. Also, consider this to be some fantastic bonding time between you and your dog as you’ll both be happier for it.
If you don’t have the time to groom your dog, consider stopping by a groomer. With a quick brushing, clip, clean, not only will your dog come back looking shiny and smelling awesome, but will lose a considerable amount of their winter coat quickly in the process.
Try a Hypoallergenic Breed
This is more for people who suffer from allergies but still want a dog. Hypoallergenic breeds such as poodles are more forgiving for allergy sufferers as they don’t shed the same way that other dogs do. Less dog hair floating around will also help to minimize the dander; which in turn helps to keep your allergies at bay.
Go Outside and Play
After being stuck in the house all winter, letting your pup out to romp and play is a good thing. Not only could they undoubtedly benefit from the exercise, but this is a good way from them to shake loose some of their dander and excess fur outside, instead of in the house.
If you’re allergies are on the rise, then take the time to get your spring cleaning done. After an entire winter with the windows closed and your pup cooped up in the house, there’s a veritable mountain of dander coating just about every surface in your house. So open up the windows and break out the feather duster and the vacuum cleaner and you’ll be breathing easier in no time.
Allergies can quickly make you miserable and suck all the joy out of the changing of the seasons. Finding a solution to help mitigate these issues is important for your health and happiness, especially if you have a dog.
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Neil Kilgore is the Jack (Russell) of all trades at Greenfield Puppies in Lancaster Pa. He regularly blogs about dogs, breeders and puppies on the Greenfield Puppies website.