Allergic to Your Golden Retriever? Will You Have to Give It Up?


It’s really sad when you you’re in love with a certain breed of dog and you find out that you’re allergic to the breed. But maybe there are few ways to deal with the problem, besides actually getting rid of the dog. Please note that I am not a doctor and you should ask your doctor about these suggestions before actually doing them.


Air Filters
The most often recommended is the HEPA type filter. Honeywell, Envirocare, and Holmes all use the HEPA technology. The good ones are also listed as being a “class II medical device” (approved for u se in hospitals and in medical applications). HEPA filters are very costly. Other suggestions include getting a high efficiency filter for your central system and change it every 2 – 4 weeks. Alpine Air puts out a good air cleaner/freshner as well.

• Allergists
A doctor can test you and determine exactly what it is that you are allergic to (hair, dander, and saliva). With that established, you can plan how to reduce that particular allergen, and get the most helpful results. Many people can also get a series of shots to desensitize them to the allergens and also obtain effective medication for controlling asthma attacks.

• Strategic Isolation
Keeping the pet out of the bedroom of the affected person in many cases helps. But I wouldn’t recommend this for an extreme case.

• Bathing and Topical Applications
Because dander is most common culprit in allergic reactions to pets, making sure that the animal is frequently bathed and groomed will reduce dander, saliva, and shedding. In addition, there are products such as Allerpet-D that can be sprayed onto the pet to reduce dander.

The Truth

Ultimately and unfortunately, if you have severe allergies, you should probably look into a different breed. However, there are exceptions to this. If you just so happen to be allergic only to dogs with short hair. In that case, the Golden would be hypoallergenic to you.

Golden Retrievers are a long haired dog with a coat that will shed on a pretty consistent basis. Even with daily grooming their long coats are not typically suited for allergy and asthma sufferers. These dogs were often water loving and their coats protect them from the cold temperatures. Golden retrievers also have a waterproof under-layer to their coat which allows them to spend time in the water without becoming excessively cold or wet.

Swimming Pup
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Naturally, since they have such long coats, they are also more prone to produce dander. I would not recommend this breed for people with asthma or severe allergies at all. I understand if you are truly in love with the breed, but you have to think of your health. Not only your health, but the dog’s wellbeing as well.

I advise you to try these tips if you are not sure about your condition yet. But if it doesn’t work, go see a doctor immediately. It is better to know what you have to do instead of suffering and agonizing yourself. Yes, it would be tragic to lose your furry friend, but waiting could make it worse.