Consumer Health: Dealing with dog allergies

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Are there any hypoallergenic dog breeds?

There's no such thing as a hypoallergenic dog breed, although some individual dogs may cause fewer allergy symptoms than others. If you're allergic to dogs but still want to have one, there are some ways to reduce your allergy symptoms. Learn more from Dr. James Li, a Mayo Clinic allergist and immunologist.


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