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 Home For The Holidays: Adopting a Pet During The Holiday Season

Adopting a pet over the holiday beats buying a pet!

The thought of a new pet at any time of year is exciting, but there’s a special anticipation that comes with this idea during the holiday season. Surprising a friend, family member, or loved one with a bundle of furry joy can carry us away all too easily, but the surprise may backfire if we don’t adequately prepare for a gift of this magnitude.

What do you need to know when adopting a pet for the holidays? Stay tuned as Maywood Veterinary Clinic walks you through the basics.

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A Lot of Love to Give: Why You Should Adopt a Senior Pet

Maywood_SeniorPet.docx-0.jpgWhile most of us can’t help but dote on a new puppy or kitten, the reality is that caring for a young pet requires a lot of time and energy. Obedience training and curbing behavioral problems is hard work, which is why you might consider adopting a more mature or senior pet.

Unfortunately, senior pets often get overlooked. At shelters and rescues, they are the ones who have the hardest time getting adopted. Many people assume younger is better, and their prejudices (which are often rooted in misinformation) keep stellar seniors from finding their forever homes. Continue…