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Old 04-05-2010, 10:03 PM   #1
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I'm alergic to a lot of furry animals, rabbits too apparently </3, though it's something I'm going to buck up and take cause I love my buns. I know there are hypoallergenic breeds of dogs, and even some cats, but are there hypoallergenic breeds of rabbits?


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Old 04-05-2010, 10:55 PM   #2
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There are no hypoallergenic breeds of dogs, cats, rabbits, etc. Not only does dander harbor allergens, but so does saliva and urine.

Article on company scam of "hypoallergenic cats"

http://www.the-scientist.com/blog/display/56191/

The real scoop on hypoallergenic pets:

http://www.wisegeek.com/are-there-hy...genic-pets.htm




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Old 04-05-2010, 11:21 PM   #3
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perhaps I should rephrase/title that to 'non-shedding' rabbits?
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No, all rabbits shed. Angoras may keep their hair more contained, as it sheds and then mats, instead of getting all over your house. However, this doesn't mean that you're not getting dander all over. And it means they need to be brushed every day, which wouldn't be very good for an allergy sufferer.

Are you sure that you're allergic to the bunnies and not the hay? Hay allergies seem to be more common and sometimes owners have a lot of success with changing to a different type of grass hay (other than timmy) and wearing gloves and a facemask while handling hay (or just having someone else handle the hay)
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How much the rabbit sheds depends a lot on the individual, but they all shed. Some are easier keeps that shed continually at a slow rate, others "blow" their coat a couple times a year.

I'm slightly allergic to rabbits, but far more so to the Angora breeds.

The only ones that don't shed would be "naked" rabbits.


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Rexes are supposed to be better for allergies. I think that since their fur is shorter, the dander has less to hang on to.
While angora's shed less, there is more fur for the dander. You can blow out the coat, but that spreads the dander around that area you are doing it. So the actual rabbit might be better, the grooming is not. To prevent matting, they need to be groomed several times a week.
I find that I am better with the longer haired breeds and the short fur gets into my nose and clothes while the longer fur sits on top of my clothes. The dander doesn't really bother me though.

Unless you have specifically been tested for an allergy to rabbit dander/fur/saliva, you could be allergic to something else. People can be allergic to the hay (especially dusty hay), bedding (wood shavings), food, or even the cleaning products. There are ways to minimize these and still have rabbits. A good air filter, using gloves, keeping the hay contained, using different bedding can help.
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There are no hypoallergenic breeds of dogs, cats, rabbits, etc. Not only does dander harbor allergens, but so does saliva and urine.

Article on company scam of "hypoallergenic cats"

http://www.the-scientist.com/blog/display/56191/

The real scoop on hypoallergenic pets:

http://www.wisegeek.com/are-there-hy...genic-pets.htm
thats not true i have a hypoallergenic dog, a poodle, and my dad who is allergenic to dogs does not have any simtoms to her and his allergies are really bad!
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Default hay alergies?

how do u know when u r allergic to hay and not the bunny? and if u r what other good kinds of hay r there?
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thats not true i have a hypoallergenic dog, a poodle, and my dad who is allergenic to dogs does not have any simtoms to her and his allergies are really bad!
Lizzy, what Pam posted is correct. If you read the pages you will understand why, and how allergies work. The reason non shedding dogs work so well for people with allergies is because their not shedding that protein in their dander all over the place. And even within the breed each animal has a slightly different protein structure. Some may cause people to be more reactive then even their own sibling.
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Old 11-11-2013, 03:05 AM   #10
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thats not true i have a hypoallergenic dog, a poodle, and my dad who is allergenic to dogs does not have any simtoms to her and his allergies are really bad!
Perhaps a distinction should be made between non-allergenic and hypoallergenic. There are some breeds of cats that produce less of the Fel-D1 allergen protein that is the ingredient in saliva that causes allergic reaction. While these cats are certainly not non-allergenic they can be hypoallergenic (less allergenic) than other cats.

There are those who have found that their reaction to these type cats is either greatly reduced or asymptomatic as compared to other cat breeds.

So while it is true that all cats carry the allergen protein, some breeds can be tolerated by those with otherwise more severe reaction.


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