Choose Your Dog Wisely
Dr. Brian Modena, a California-based allergist, says that there's a wide amount of variation on how much of the allergy-producing proteins each dog carries, even within the same breed. So the best way to know how you're going to react to a dog is to spend time around it. Of course, shelters are a tough place to do this, since there's a lot of fur flying (and more importantly dander). But as you meet potential dogs try and keep track of which ones make your eyes water and which ones don't. Also, if a dog licks you and you immediately break out in hives, pass. "If it's an itchy, bumpy-type rash like hives, not just irritation, that's a sign that you're very allergic to that dog," says Modena.