Hypoallergenic Goldendoodles and Reducing Allergen Exposure
There are steps you can take to reduce your exposure to allergens, in addition to choosing a more hypoallergenic Goldendoodle. These preventative steps will help limit allergic reactions:
- Brush your Goldendoodle on a regular basis.
- Give your pup a bath once or twice a month.
- Plan to clean your home.
- Choose high quality food for your Goldendoodle
Brushing your Goldendoodle daily helps spread out the oils on the skin evenly, to keep dander levels lower. More hypoallergenic Goldendoodles will still benefit from regular brushing, since it also prevents matting in their coat. Scheduling regular grooming outside of your home every 6-8 weeks outside of your home will further reduce your exposure. Keeping hair short and maintained reduces surface area available for dust, dirt, and pollen. It will be easier to wipe or rinse clean your Goldendoodle, after a romp outside.
Scheduling a bath for your Goldendoodle once or twice a month will significantly reduce the amount of dander hanging out in their coat. Bathing too often can strip the skin of its natural oil, trigger skin sensitivities, and lead to more dander production. Select a shed control cleanser and a shampoo that keeps their skin moisturized. Dry skin is more likely to become irritated and chafe, producing additional dander.
Adding a few extra steps to cleaning your home can greatly reduce allergy flare ups, particularly during higher shedding seasons. Dusting or vacuuming around a half hour after brushing will eliminate any excess dander that escapes and settles in a living area. Avoid using carpets that hide allergens. Make sure to keep even hypoallergenic Goldendoodles’ toys and bed clean. Washing these items routinely will prevent dander and saliva accumulation.
Excellent nutrition is another important factor for your Goldendoodle. Selecting foods with Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids can prevent dry, irritated skin and improve your pup’s coat. Liquid supplements or vitamins can be mixed with your dog’s food, but tablets and chews are also available. Feeding your hypoallergenic Goldendoodle a high-quality, balanced and nutritious diet is important to maintain your dog’s skin health.