If you like boxer dogs or have considered having one, but are allergic to dogs or have a reaction to dander, you may have wondered if you would be able to bear one around you. Although all dogs lose their hair from time to time and no breed is 100% hypoallergenic, some breeds have lower levels of allergens than others. In this article, we will analyze the ins and outs of boxer dogs and allergies.
Boxer dogs are considered less allergenic than other breeds, but they are not hypoallergenic. Their short coat still occasionally loses its hair and can cause reactions in people allergic to hair and dander. It is possible to minimize potential reactions by good grooming of dogs.
Before you make the decision to buy a boxer, there are several steps you can take to minimize or eliminate the risk of exacerbation of your allergy symptoms.
Are boxer dogs a bad choice for allergy sufferers?
Allergies to pets are the result of an allergic reaction to dander that is rejected by pets with coats or feathers, including dogs. dander are microscopic skin particles that are removed from the body as part of natural skin replacement. They accumulate in the air and around the house and become the food source of mites. It is the inhalation of mites and the dander they feed on that cause allergy symptoms in some people.
Some people are also allergic to dog saliva, which can be another common cause of allergy symptoms, especially when they are licked or exposed to dog hair that has been licked by a dog during grooming.
Since all dogs lose their hair and dander as part of the natural regeneration of their skin, it is impossible to completely eliminate hair and dander losses.
According to the American Kennel Association, no dog is 100% hypoallergenic, although some breeds approach it. Boxers are considered to be part of the group of dogs that are less likely to cause allergies, compared to others.
Although boxers are not “non-dumb” dogs, regular brushing and grooming can help minimize dander allergens.
The short hair of the boxers means that they don’t lose as much hair as other dogs, so you’ll never find pieces of hair on your couch unless your dog really has a problem. Boxers, however, like to groom themselves and transferring saliva to their coat and into your environment through hair loss can worsen allergy irritation.
If you are severely allergic to dogs or dander, a boxer probably won’t be the right dog for you. However, if you use the right grooming, care and cleaning techniques, a boxer can be a good pet for people with mild allergies.
Symptoms of allergies to dogs
Before proceeding, here is a brief description of the symptoms of dog allergy, in case you are wondering or think you are allergic.
If you already know the symptoms or know you are allergic, don’t hesitate to skip this section and continue reading.
First of all, it is important to note that people react differently to canine allergens and that no two people have the same reactions. According to the WebMD, some of the most common reactions are:
– A stuffy, runny or itchy nose
– Red, itchy eyes
– Coughing or wheezing
– Skin reactions (especially when licking or contact with dog saliva)
– Hives (swollen red bumps and rashes)
– Anaphylaxis (severe and life-threatening allergic reaction)
How to reduce the risk of allergic symptoms if you own a boxer dog
If you already own a boxer (or are considering owning one) and you find that it triggers allergy symptoms, there are a few things you can try before you run away to find a new home.
– Don’t leave your beloved dog on the couch and bed. Upholstered furniture is a rich deposit of dander, so by minimizing contact with the dog, you will reduce allergen levels in and on it. While you’re at it, you can change your curtains and carpets for those who don’t hold the hair.
– Frequent grooming also reduces hair loss. Brushing your boxer dog’s coat once a week will reduce the build-up of dander, which will then decrease the level of allergens in the fur.
It goes without saying, but make sure you do it outdoors.
You may not want to go beyond brushing more than twice a week, as excessive brushing may lead to skin problems.
It’s a good idea to prepare a grooming kit so you always have everything you need to clean your boxer at your fingertips.
– Showering once or twice a month with a gentle pet shampoo will also help you remove excess dander, dirt and dust from your coat.
While you’re at it, also carefully clean your pet’s bedding.
– Dust and clean your home regularly. This will allow you to eliminate allergens and reduce the number of mites.
Be sure to vacuum carpets and carpets frequently to get rid of dander and mites that your eyes can’t see.
You can also examine dust mite bedding to reduce mites that cause allergy symptoms at bedtime.
You might also consider buying an air filter for your home that contains a HEPA filter. Air filters remove dust and allergens from the air in your home. Set it to work before you get home from work or early in the morning before the family gets up.
– Consult a doctor if you are severely ill, but you can’t part with your beloved boxer.
Your GP may be able to prescribe medications or treatments that will reduce your symptoms or help you desensitize yourself to allergens.
Prepare a simple grooming kit to help you manage allergens
Regular grooming and washing days for your boxer dog will be much faster and easier if you assemble a simple grooming kit that you can use to limit allergens.
– A stuffed roll
A stuffed roller is ideal for quickly picking up your dog’s lost hair before it gets lodged in your carpets, curtains or furniture.
– Mild dog shampoo
A dog bath with a quality dog shampoo will help remove excess dander and dirt that may be on your dog’s skin, preventing it from accumulating and attracting mites around your home.
– Chamois fabric
A super absorbent and soft chamois fabric is ideal for drying your puppy after bathing before he goes to play. It can help wipe some of the dander and saliva from the skin and coat.
Normal and abnormal moult in boxer dogs
Although all dogs, including boxers, lose their hair and dander, hair loss may become excessive or worse than normal.
In these cases, you may notice an increase or worsen of allergy symptoms, or you may notice the appearance of new allergy symptoms when there were none before.
If the excretion is excessive, it may be normal or a sign of a problem in your puppy. Here is a list of some things that may affect the excretion that you might want to keep in mind.
Factors that may affect the amount of feces of a boxer dog.
– Genes – some boxers lose their hair more than others because of their origin and the texture of their coat.
– Age – Puppies generally lose more hair than adult boxers because their fur grows faster.
– Season and time – Dogs lose more hair during warm seasons and in warmer areas.
– Pregnancy – a pregnant boxer loses more hair than normal.
– Diet – If your dog lacks certain nutrients, this can affect the amount of fur he loses.
– Medication – Some medications, or reactions to medications, may affect excretion.
– Diseases – liver disease, cancer and kidney problems can affect excretion.
– Parasitic infection – can also contribute to the importance of excretion.
– Food allergies – especially if you have just changed brand or diet for your boxers.