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Are Pugs Hypoallergenic?

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By Nicole Cosgrove

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The Pug is a small dog breed that’s perfect for small homes and city life. Its energetic nature helps it get most of the exercise it needs, so you don’t need to worry about putting aside too much time for going on walks. However, if you have allergies, you’ll be sad to find out that Pugs are not hypoallergenic, but there are a few things you can do to help reduce the symptoms.

Join us while we talk about allergies, what they are, what causes them, and how you can minimize your symptoms to help you and your pet have a happy and comfortable life together.

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Small proteins cause allergies. Your pet excretes these proteins through pieces of dried skin, urine, and saliva.

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  • Dander

Dander is microscopic pieces of skin that cling to the pet hair as it sheds. It’s the primary cause of allergies for most people because the hair covers most surfaces and can even be airborne. The microscopic particles can remain in the air for several minutes, and if they enter the sinuses, eyes, and mouth, it can cause an allergic reaction.

  • Urine

Urine also contains the proteins that can trigger allergies, but most people don’t consider it a problem since most dogs go outside to urinate. However, if your pet has an accident in your home, it can trigger an allergic reaction if you can’t get the urine cleaned up well enough or your pet tracks it throughout the house.

  • Saliva

About twice as many people are      allergic to cats as dogs. A big part of this      reason could be that cats are constantly grooming themselves. This grooming coats their fur with saliva, and when it dries, It flakes off and becomes airborne. These tiny particles can enter your lungs and cause an allergic reaction. While your dog won’t groom itself as much as a cat, it will still do so from time to time. Another problem is that dogs like to lick people      they’re friendly with, which can cause the proteins to get on your hand. Your Pug also tends to drool more than other small dog breeds, and this excessive slobbering can cause an allergic reaction, especially if you allow it to dry.

Divider 8How Can I Ease Dog Allergy Symptoms?

1. Remove Dander

Unfortunately, the Pug is a shedding dog that will leave plenty of fur around your home, especially during the fall and spring seasons, but there are a few things you can do to reduce the risk you or other family members will suffer a reaction.

2. Vacuum

If someone in your home suffers from allergies created by the proteins released by your Pug, the best way you can combat them is by vacuuming the floors and furniture frequently. The Shop-Vac works well for picking up hair from furniture and hard-to-reach places, but you will need to use a brush attachment to grab the hair.

3. Fabric Selection

Some fabrics like denim and leather will repel pet hair, and they make good choices for furniture. Silk and satin will also repel pet hair, and using them for bedding can help you sleep better. Avoid fabrics like wool, velvet, and polyester, which will attract and hold the hair. Furniture that uses these fabrics will place a lot of hair close to the body where it can cause an allergic reaction, making it hard for someone with sensitivities to be around your Pug.

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4. Brushing

Frequent brushing with a soft-bristled brush or de-shedding tool can reduce the amount of hair that winds up on the floor and furniture. While Pugs don’t have a thick coat, we recommend brushing once a week during the winter and summer and twice a week during the spring and fall if a member of your home is sensitive to pet fur.

5. Bathing

Bathing can help wash away dander, but you need to be careful that you don’t dry out the skin of your Pug. We recommend bathing no more than once a month to keep dander at a minimum. Use a shampoo that is sensitive and uses only natural ingredients.

6. Dander Remover

You can also try a commercial dander remover to help eliminate dander from your pet’s body. You can rub or spray these products into your pet’s coat and then wipe with a towel to reduce dander while conditioning the skin. Dry skin will shed faster, leaving more allergens around the home.

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How to Remove Dog Urine

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Enzyme Cleaner and Iodine

If your dog has had an accident in the house, you will need to clean the area with an enzyme cleaner to break down the organic proteins, rendering them harmless. Iodine can also help destroy the proteins, and you can dilute it 1:1 with water to clean a larger area.

Puppy Pads

If your Pug has frequent accidents, we recommend training your Pug to use puppy pads. Puppy pads will keep the accidents to a designated area that’s easy to clean up.

How to Remove Dog Saliva:

Wash Often

Your Pug loves to lick the hands and face of people that it likes. This action will get plenty of proteins on your skin that can cause an allergic reaction. The best way to reduce protein spread by licking is by quickly washing your hands and face with soap and water immediately after contact. You will also need to wash your hands often because you will pick up the proteins from any surface you touch.

Enzyme Cleaner

If your Pug is a heavy drooler, you will need to clean it up as best you can to prevent it from drying and getting into the air. The enzyme cleaners and iodine will work just as well on saliva as they do on urine, and we recommend treating the area as quickly as possible to minimize the risk of allergic reactions.

Hypoallergenic Dog Breeds

Suppose a hypoallergenic dog (a dog that sheds much less) is the only solution for your home. In that case, there are several breeds you can choose from, including the Affenpinscher, American Hairless Terrier, Bichon Frise, Maltese, Poodle, Schnauzer, and many more. These dogs shed significantly less and therefore produce very little dander and allergy-causing proteins. You will still need to worry about urine and saliva, but it should be much easier to manage, and very few people have trouble with these breeds. Keep in mind that there is no truly hypoallergenic dog, however certain breeds are easier on allergies than others.

Divider 2Are Pugs Hypoallergenic? Summary

Though your Pug is not hypoallergenic, it has very short hair, and many of the techniques in this guide have the potential to reduce the dander and proteins to a level that doesn’t trigger an allergic reaction. If you try the techniques listed here and don’t have any success, you will need to try a more allergy-friendly dog like one of the ones we’ve listed above.

We hope you have enjoyed reading and found the answers you needed. If we have helped you live a little more comfortably with your pet, please share our discussion about if Pugs are hypoallergenic on Facebook and Twitter.

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