12 May '11, 3pm

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You got a poodle specifically because your daughter is allergic to dogs. So why is she still sneezing? Because no pet is nonallergenic, despite the hype you may have heard. "The claim that certain dogs don't trigger allergies is often used as a marketing tool to entice people to buy those breeds," says Marty Becker, DVM, coauthor of "Your Dog: The Owner's Manual." "But the truth is, nonallergenic pets don't exist." Even hairless breeds, like the Chinese Crested, can cause a reaction. Here's why: It's the dander (old skin cells that flake off and become airborne) and a protein in your pet's saliva that trigger allergies—not the fur. Some breeds, like the Portuguese water dog and the bichon frise, do produce less dander, and while some allergy sufferers find them easier to live with, there's no guarantee that everyone will. The only thing you can do to make your dog less all...

Full article: http://www.mnn.com/family/pets/stories/6-things-your-vet-...

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