A veterinarian asks: “I have been a dog person all my life. I am a DVM. I also have allergic rhinitis in response to many dogs. My question is this: Is there something about the breed’s skin or coat that makes them worse for people with allergies? I have never met a Chinese Shar-Pei that I can touch without instantly breaking out into hives everywhere. No other dog breed does this to me. It’s gotten to the point that I put on gloves before handling my Pei patients. Help!
We pose the question to our community of dog owners, and in particular, Shar-Pei owners. Advice?