MSNBC Catches Up To Pet Camp

July 5, 2012

Last year we posted a blog about hypoallergenic dogs. Our post, in addition to divulging some weird information about Mark being allergic to dogs, reviewed a study that concluded that there was no such thing as a hypoallergenic dog (we’ve included that post below) – well MSNBC just reached the same conclusion! Needless to say we are thrilled to have MSNBC backing Pet Camp.

Are any dog breeds really hypoallergenic?

Ok, so I’m not that bright. For those of you who know me this is not shocking news. But here’s some supporting evidence you might not be aware of: I am very allergic to dogs and cats. Yup, it’s true, I spend my day surrounded by things that can make me pretty sick. When we first met Virginia didn’t believe me, but then we attended an earthquake preparedness fair where there were some search and rescue dogs. After a few minutes of playing with the dogs I was covered in hives! I’ve done the whole allergy shot thing & take drugs – but there are still days that the allergies win. Given that, why did I choose this career and if I can’t get a job as a really old hockey player – why do I have a Newfoundland rather than a hypoallergenic breed?

Well it turns out that my intellectual slowness may have put me ahead (or at least I haven’t been lapped yet). In the most recent issue of the American Journal of Rhinology and Allergy a study of 190 one-dog families with 60 different dog breeds calls into question if any dog breeds are really hypoallergenic.

The study found no statistical difference in detectable dog allergen levels in homes with non-hypoallergenic and hypoallergenic dogs. That’s right. It doesn’t matter if you have a labradoodle or a German shepard, allergen levels will be the same.

Many years ago my allergist in San Francisco told me that even if you are allergic to dogs there are certain breeds that you won’t react to; the problem is finding out which breed(s) are best for you. Here’s what we advise — get a Portuguese water dog (one of the “hypoallergenic” breeds) if that’s what makes you happy, but consider spending time with a variety of breeds you love. You might find, like me, a very furry best friend.

So let us know if you’re allergic and found a breed that works for you.  Thanks for reading!

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