Sneezing, runny nose, and watery eyes – to mention few most common symptoms of allergy. If you suffer from allergies, you want to do away with anything that can trigger an allergic reaction. Many people believe that one of the most common causes of allergy is fur. Is it really so? If you are an allergy sufferer but at the same time a pug lover and planning to own a black pug or any pug soon, here’s what you need to know.
Are Pugs hypoallergenic?
What Does “Hypoallergenic” Really Mean?
To start with, we need to understand what the term hypoallergenic really means. Some people believe that this word denotes something that absolutely does not trigger any allergic reaction or hypersensitivity. Well, literally, according to allergy asthma and immunology hypoallergenic means less allergenic. Therefore, this does not mean that it never causes any allergic reaction. It helps us understand that it is something that is less likely to cause allergy. There is still a presence of allergens but in low levels. Of course, each individual differs when it comes to sensitivity, so a person with a severe allergy might still be affected by hypoallergenic pets.
Are There Dog Breeds that are Hypoallergenic?
Hypoallergenic pets refer to the breed of animals (as pets) that are less likely to cause an allergic reaction to people who are allergic to that particular breed. Let’s talk about dogs, then. Are there particular dog breeds that are hypoallergenic? We may want to see a list, but there is no evidence that a specific dog breed is hypoallergenic. Now, there’s a common assumption that allergies are cause by a dog’s fur. There may be some truth to that. But that’s not the real cause. Allergens are due to a protein that is present in the saliva and urine of dogs. Then, this protein sticks to the dander. When dogs scratch off this dead skin, combined with fur, they become released to the air and sometimes stick to the carpet, causing allergy when it comes in contact with humans. This explains why dogs that shed less dander are usually considered as hypoallergenic. But again, there is no particular evidence that one dog breed is less hypoallergenic than the others, and that includes pugs.
How to Create a Hypoallergenic Environment
But it’s not a hopeless case for allergy sufferers and at the same time pug lovers. After understanding the cause of an allergy, we can now think of an effective solution to minimize allergic reactions from having pugs – proper grooming. A regular bath schedule is an effective way to lessen the dander and, therefore, lower the allergen. It is also practical to brush your pug once a week, and remember to do this outside as not to spread the allergen inside your home. A pug’s wrinkly face is also prone to accumulation of dander and saliva, and so it is important to thoroughly clean the folds with damp cotton swab and dry it using another clean cotton swab. Also, keep your pug out of your bedroom, and do regular dusting and cleaning of the house including changing of linens.
So, Are Pugs hypoallergenic? We have deciphered that pugs are actually not hypoallergenic at all. But this does not stop allergy sufferers from having one. The joy and satisfaction of having a pug is worth all the efforts of creating a hypoallergenic environment.