Can a child be allergic to dog saliva?

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Causes of Dog Allergies.

It's not the dog's hair or fur that's the real problem.

Instead, people are usually allergic to the dander - flakes of dead skin - as well as the saliva and urine.

So, no matter how long or short the hair, any dog can potentially cause an allergic reaction.


Symptoms of children's pet allergies include a stuffy nose, itchy, watery eyes, and wheezing.

However, there's no such thing as a hypoallergenic cat or dog, according to the American College of Asthma, Allergy & Immunology.


But if the allergies are severe, says the American Academy of Pediatrics, you may have to find your pet a new home.

Symptoms of children's pet allergies include a stuffy nose, itchy, watery eyes, and wheezing.

If your child experiences these symptoms after coming in contact with your dog or cat, have your child tested.


Year-round (as opposed to seasonal) symptoms such as itchy, watery eyes, a rash, a runny nose, sneezing, coughing, or wheezing indoors are all signs of an allergy to dust mites, mold, or a pet.

If you determine that your pet is causing your baby's symptoms, you'll probably need to find Fido a new home.


Many prefer to keep the animal and battle on against allergy symptoms.

If you can't part with your pet, at least keep it out of your allergic child's bedroom, and sweep, dust, and vacuum frequently.

Another solution may be to keep your cat or dog permanently outdoors with adequate shelter.


The bacteria found in human mouths are more similar to another human's oral bacteria than the bacteria found in a dog's mouth.

I also concluded that dogs' mouths are cleaner than humans' in some ways, and dirtier in other ways.


Unlike in humans the saliva in dogs plays a little role in digestion.

In humans, the saliva contains some enzymes that aid in digesting food.

In dogs however, the saliva's sole purpose is to aid in swallowing; all the digestion goes on in the dog's stomach.

You might have seen your dog lick his wounds.


"Dog saliva does contain chemicals that are antibacterial and it's very unlikely that saliva by itself would be a direct cause of infection," says Harvey.

"You often see dogs licking wounds and that is a cleansing action and an antibacterial action to promote the healing of a superficial wound."

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