What should the Obama family look for in a new pet dog? – Part 23

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So our President-Elect Barack Obama is getting his girls a puppy for the White house…

Well, the first things to consider are those allergies Malia experiences. While there are breeds who have been considered “allergy free”, the reality of it all is that as long as there is dander there will be some form of allergies. Some breeds like Poodles, hairless pups, and terriers are all considered hypoallergenic but that doesn’t mean that dander will not be present.

I know Malia has her dose of allergy medicines that are given to her to help with allergies. This is the first step in helping the Obamas get to that happy place where the girls can enjoy their pup. It will keep the symptoms at bay while the girls run and play.

As long as there is dander, you can be sure there will be allergies. Dander is not due to the hair of the dog but the flakes that are created on their skin. Also note that proteins found in the secretion of their oil glands, saliva and/or urine are also contributing factors. Let’s face it folks, dander is not something you can eliminate with the type of dog you get; however, it does help to get a dog that is hypoallergenic.

There are some sites to visit that can clarify and suggest some remedies to control dander. A couple that come to mind are www.natallergy.com and www.purityplanet.com. “Purity Planet.com” addresses allergy remedies like filters, air purifiers, hepa-vacuums and a series of other options while “NatAllergy.com” list many products to purchase for your home and animals alike.

The Obamas should review the list of pooches available keeping Malia’s allergies in mind but remember that the most important thing to look out for is your home and the care you give your pooch. So limit the carpets, groom the dog, wash the dogs royal bed and don’t let Malia sleep with the dog. This will aggravate her allergies regardless of all the remedies and precautions taken.

Visit www.akc.com to find the breeds available that limit dander and remember you promised he or she would be a mutt just like you.

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