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Albuquerque Journal - Parade - - Picks - By Mar­i­lyn vos Sa­vant —Janet V., Sayre­ville, N.J.

My friend in­sists there are hy­poal­ler­genic dogs. I say she is in­cor­rect. We have a lunch bet. Should I skip break­fast? Yep! Some dogs may cause fewer al­lergy symp­toms be­cause they shed their fur less, but the fur isn't the source of most pet al­ler­gies. It's the dan­der (dead skin flakes), saliva and urine. The rea­son th­ese dogs are more tol­er­a­ble to al­lergy suf­fer­ers is that they leave less dan­der (which sticks to the fur) around the house. So they must be bathed more fre­quently to get rid of the dan­der be­cause it will fall off with time, any­way.

An­other op­tion is to get a small dog. Less dog­gie, less dan­der!

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