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Could Neutering Your Dog Help Your Allergies?

Posted by Tom Shannon on

Pet Allergy & Neutering

Do you suffer from allergy symptoms like sneezing and runny nose? More than likely, you're also allergic to pets or pet dander. According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, 3 in 10 people with an allergy will also be allergic to a pet cat or dog. Therefore avoiding your exposure to a pet is the best strategy for reducing allergy symptoms. But, what if you can single out the type or breed of a pet or even the gender of a pet that is the cause of your allergies. Well, you can... but, would you do it?

A CNN article on pet allergy suggested that if you have an allergy to dogs, male dogs are reasons for your allergy symptoms because male dogs produce a specific protein that's made in the prostate gland. It goes without saying that if you surgically remove the dog's prostate, male dogs can no longer produce the protein allergy. In essence, neutering your dog is the one likely treatment to relieve your allergy troubles. 


We are a proponent of responsible pet ownership by neutering (or spaying) to control the pet population. Neutering your dog because his pet dander has been found to cause your pet allergy seems surreal or even oversimplified to solving the pet allergy dilemma. What do you think? Would you take Rufus to get his prostate removed?

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