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What "hypoallergenic" really means for you and your pet

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A hypoallergenic pet is a popular choice. In this edition of Pet Pointers, YNN's Lisa Chelenza explains what a hypoallergenic pet really means.

Hypoallergenic means to have a decreased tendency to provoke an allergic reaction. However, there is no such thing as a 100 percent hypoallergenic pet. Any pet has the ability to cause an allergic reaction depending on what someone may be allergic to.

All dogs have fur, despite the myth some dogs have hair. Dogs who need to be groomed regularly, or dogs who are practically hairless may make a better option for those who suffer from allergies because their coats don't shed. It's important to note all dogs do have dead skin flakes called dander. A dog's dander can also trigger an allergic reaction.

Breeds often touted as hypoallergenic include poodle, maltese, shi tzu, and various mixes. If you're allergic to fur, you may want to consider a hairless dog or cat breed.

Dogs and cats are not the only allergic offenders though. People can also be allergic to bird dander, feathers, and small mammals. Using a home air filter, getting your pet groomed regularly, and brushing them on a daily basis all help to cut down on allergic reactions.

If you or a loved one has allergies, it's best to meet and interact with any pet before bringing them home to make sure there will not be a reaction.

Hypoallergenic Breeds:

American Hairless Terrier
Basenji
Bedlington Terrier
Bichon Frise
Bichon/Yorkie
Bolognese
Border Terrier
Bouvier des Flandres
Cairn Terrier
Cavachon
Chacy Ranior
Chinese Crested (hairless)
Cockapoo
Coton De Tulear
Doodleman Pinscher
Giant Schnauzer
Hairless Khala
Havanese
Irish Water Spaniel
Kerry Blue Terrier
Labradoodle
Lagotto Romagnolo
Lowchen
Maltese
Malti-Poo
Miniature Poodle
Miniature Schnauzer
Native American Indian Dog
Peruvian Inca Orchid
Polish Owczarek Nizinny
Poos
Portuguese Water Dog
Puli
Schnoodle
Shepadoodle
Shichon
Shih-Tzu
Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier
Spanish Water Dog
Standard Poodle
Standard Schnauzer
Tibetan Terrier
Toy Poodle
West Highland White Terrier
Wirehaired Fox Terrier
Xoloitzcuintle

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