Is There Really Such Thing as a Hypoallergenic Dog?

A small gray, floofy dog sits on a vintage mint green sofa

For those of us that suffer from allergies to pets, the dream of sharing our lives with a furry companion can be elusive. Hypoallergenic dog breeds, those that shed less than traditional breeds, are rising in popularity as an alternative to life without a dog.

But is this concept of a hypoallergenic dog too good to be true?

Just the Facts

A hypoallergenic dog breed is defined as one that is thought to be more compatible with dog allergy sufferers. Although there are anecdotal reports of hypoallergenic dogs causing little or no reaction in some people, the science does not back up the existence of a truly hypoallergenic dog. 

People with allergic reactions to dogs are actually reacting to the proteins found in dog saliva and dander. These proteins are often attached to hair that is shed throughout the home, but even completely hairless dogs will still produce the proteins. 

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A Not-So-Discerning Palate: Why Do Dogs Eat Poop?

Our best dog pals have some wonderful traits. They greet us at the door, show unconditional love, and are always ready to go for a run. But eating poop (and other gross things) is not one of the things we love about them!

The issue of poop-eating has certainly caused many a dog lover to make a face, yell, and get grossed out –and we can’t help but wonder why our dogs do it.

At The Maywood Veterinary Clinic, we’ve heard this question many times. We’ve seen our own dogs in action enough to be able to answer some of these questions. So let’s dive in and learn more about why dogs eat poop.

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The Hospital Lobby: Safety and Lobby Etiquette

Veterinary lobby etiquette is a matter of manners and pet safetyA veterinary hospital lobby can be a busy, but interesting place. It’s fun to see different pets, talk to owners, and visit with staff. However, the business and rapidly changing environment of the lobby can also be cause for situations that can quickly escalate.

The safety of all our patients is very important to us at Maywood Veterinary Clinic. With that in mind, we’d like to pass along some tips for hospital lobby etiquette and safety. Being prepared for your visit can make it more enjoyable for you, your pet, and others.

Lobby Etiquette and Safety

The hospital lobby is a confined space, and although you’ll likely encounter friendly, healthy pets, remember that some pets who visit us are sick or in pain. Being aware that not all who visit us are enjoying good health can help to alleviate many potential problems. Continue…