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Have a dog allergy but love dogs?

There is now a shampoo that makes dogs more hypoallergenic

ProDen Allergenius® Dog Special Shampoo has been developed to make life easier for people with dog allergies.

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Our goal is to cure pet allergies

Imagine a society where people and pets with fur can live side by side unhindered.
That’s our vision.

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A dog leaves its mark...

Dogs leave “invisible” traces of allergens in their wake. These are spread via clothing to public spaces like public transport, the workplace and schools. And these traces affect people with dog allergies. For this reason, many people have to limit their social lives to involve only dog-free places and people who don’t have dogs.

... a mark that you can influence

That little puppy that brings so much joy to a child in one family can also bring just as much discomfort to another child in another family. This child may be in the same class as the happy one who has the puppy.

By washing your dog with ProDen Allergenius® Dog Special Shampoo, you can help to make it less allergenic to others.

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There is now a shampoo that makes dogs more hypoallergenic

Allergic to dogs, but can’t imagine your life without them? Some people think that people with pet allergies shouldn’t have dogs, whereas others think that dogs should never be allowed on beds or sofas. But our love for our pets leads us to make big sacrifices, and it’s for us to decide just what those sacrifices might be. What if living with dogs didn’t have to be so limiting – despite pet allergies? And what if people with dog allergies who don’t have dogs could also avoid being affected by them so much?

Not your average shampoo

ProDen Allergenius® Dog Special Shampoo is a unique, Swedish-produced shampoo that has been developed in parapharmaceutical forms. The shampoo cleanses deeply and reduces allergen levels and the incidence of dander and dandruff.

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Here’s why the shampoo is unique:


ProDen Allergenius® Dog Special Shampoo has been developed to make life easier for people with dog allergies.

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Reduces

allergens by up to 90%

Four

out of five say it works

Long-lasting

lightweight and easy to use

Strengthens

and cares for the skin – many notice an improvement in the dog’s coat
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Fewer Allergens

Tests performed when developing the Special Shampoo have shown an up to 90% reduction in allergens after the first wash alone. By washing your dog regularly (once every one or two weeks), your dog can become more hypoallergenic.

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Nice coat

The shampoo also contains ingredients that care for the dog’s coat. Our test cases found that the shampoo made their dogs’ coats more attractive and fluffy, and that they no longer needed to use conditioner.


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Strengthen dogs' skin

Contains an effective combination of ingredients that hydrate and care for the dogs’ skin, while strengthening it and improving its barrier functions. This reduces irritation, prevents scaly skin and the formation of dandruff.

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Unscented and long-lasting

Through consideration for dogs and people, the shampoo is mild and gentle, to minimise the risk of allergic reactions. A bottle is quite economical because it is very long-lasting. It is also lightweight and easy to use.

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The myth of “hypo­allergenic” dog breeds

Do you believe that there are hypoallergenic breeds of dog? This is actually a myth. How hypoallergenic a dog is can vary more among individual dogs than it does among dog breeds. That’s why you may feel fine around your dog, but not around your friend’s dog of the same breed.

Substances that cause allergic reactions are called allergens. There are six allergens that dogs are known to secrete, in the form of dander, saliva and urine. So it isn’t the fur people react to, but the dog’s dander. And according to research, each individual animal has a different number of allergens.

Consideration for your surroundings

If you clean your dog regularly with a special shampoo, this will reduce its secretion of allergens. By doing so, you will also be helping people with allergies who come into direct or indirect contact with your dog. Using the wrong products can have the opposite effect.

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Allergen-reduction in dog fur after washing with a special allergen-reducing shampoo, as revealed with a standardized sampling method.

Anna Whiteman, Jonas Binnmyr, Hans Grönlund, Guro Gafvelin

Conclusion

Dog allergic individuals that are constantly exposed to dogs are at risk to develop chronic allergic disease. Despite this, many allergic dog owners keep their dogs.

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Introduction

Sensitization to dogs is a common cause of allergic symptoms, like rhinitis and asthma. Despite these afflictions, it is not uncommon that dog allergic persons keep their dogs. Due to this, an increase in demand for so called hypo-allergenic breeds has occurred, although there are no evidence to support the theory. On the contrary, earlier studies have demonstrated a greater variance in dog allergen Can f1 levels between individual dogs than between breeds. Thus there is a need for evaluating each dog’s allergen profile as well as finding efficient methods for reducing the allergen levels.

Material and methods

A method for sampling dog fur with a brush was developed and the samples analyzed in a validated ELISA for the dog allergen Can f 1. Twenty-one dogs were subjected to washes with a special allergen-reducing shampoo (Allergenius®), fur samples taken before and after washing.

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The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of washing dogs with a special allergen-reducing shampoo using a validated in house Can f 1 ELISA and a standardized sampling method.


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Click to watch an interview with Hans Grönlund, one of the creators of ProDen Allergenius® Dog Special Shampoo


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  • "I noticed a big difference almost straight after the first wash.
    I felt better in my eyes and nose."

    Andrea

  • "Before the test I was a little worried because my dog is allergic too. I wondered how it would react to the shampoo. But it didn’t have any reaction to it."

    Marina

  • "An easy-to-use shampoo that didn’t lather up too much. The dogs’ coats felt very smooth afterwards. What’s most impressive is that I have been able wear my contacts all day."

    Camilla


Frequently Asked Questions

  • Allergens
    Where are allergens found on dogs?

    Allergens are proteins that are part and parcel of all dogs’ physiologies. They are found in dogs’ saliva and skin (and, in the case of non-castrated male dogs, in their urine).

    Skin: The allergen “escapes” through dandruff and dander. These are what become airborne and what people with allergies react to, once they have entered the body via the airways.

    Saliva: The only way to avoid these allergens is to avoid being licked by dogs. Read, for example, Tilde Höök's blog post on our website (Allergenius.se). She suffers from allergies to pets with fur and has trained her dogs not to lick her.

    Urine: Urine contains only one allergen (Can f 5, a prostatic protein), and this is found only in the urine of non-castrated male dogs.

    Washing dogs reduces the spread of any allergens that are either in their dander or have been caught in their fur through licking or urine splashes.

  • Shampoo
    How does the Special Shampoo work?

    The Special Shampoo has been developed to wash away the allergens found in dandruff and dander on a dog’s skin and fur, to calm the skin’s activity and to stem the production of the allergen. These allergens are different proteins. They are present in all dogs, but to differing extents. Put simply, the shampoo has two mechanisms:

    1. It mildly and effectively washes away the allergen and other irritants present on the surface of the skin, without itself causing any skin irritation.
    2. The shampoo cares for the skin and strengthens its barrier function. It contains substances that reduce skin irritation and the production of allergens.

    This leads to a reduction in allergen levels – both on the dog and in the environment it which it lives.

    We have chosen to make the Special Shampoo completely unscented, as fragrances can both affect people with allergies and irritate dogs’ skin.

  • Warnings
    What do the warnings on the shampoo bottle mean?

    Dog care products fall under the rules and regulations set out by the Swedish Chemicals Agency. We have chosen to follow the new labelling regulations that will come into force from the end of 2016. In the warnings on the shampoo bottle, it therefore states that if the shampoo comes into contact with the eye it should be rinsed out carefully.

    However, the shampoo is very mild and it is perfectly possible to use it on the dog’s head and around its eyes. Nevertheless, you should of course avoid getting large quantities of undiluted shampoo in either your own or your dog’s eyes.

  • Mites
    Does the shampoo help against mites in the dog’s fur?

    This is not something that we have tested, but it is entirely possible that regular washing could also help to lessen the occurrence of mites. The shampoo is formulated to allow you to wash your dog often, and to strengthen and care for the skin’s barrier.

  • Active ingredient
    What active ingredient does the shampoo contain?

    ProDen Allergenius® Dog Special Shampoo is produced using a balance of carefully selected ingredients, in which every individual substance plays a role in the product as a whole to give it the desired properties (see list of contents on the bottle). As such, there is no one single active ingredient that gives the product its properties.

  • Cats
    Can I use the Special Shampoo on cats too?

    Yes, that’s perfectly fine.

    The shampoo also works well on cats’ skin and fur. However, if the cat licks itself a lot, the allergen will reappear from its saliva. When the cat’s saliva dries, the allergens it contains may become airborne, which, if inhaled, will affect anyone who is allergic to cats. How hypoallergenic the cat will become will therefore depend on how often you wash the cat, how much it licks itself and the allergen content of the cat’s saliva.

  • Conditioner
    Can I use a conditioner alongside the Special Shampoo?

    When using ProDen Allergenius® Dog Special Shampoo, many people find that their animal’s fur feels great and that no separate conditioner is needed. However, using conditioner doesn’t change any of the shampoo’s properties, so it is generally fine to use a conditioner alongside the shampoo. In some cases, however, fragrances can irritate some dogs’ skin, so you should be attentive to this.

    Our products are fragrance-free and we are currently developing a special leave-in conditioner for skin and fur, to boost the skincare benefits even more. This is expected to be available in a few months.

  • Effects
    Will the effects of the shampoo disappear if my dogs go for a swim during walks?

    No, the effects will not disappear if the dogs get wet in other situations.

    It is also fine to let the dogs swim, and to wash them with the ProDen Allergenius® Dog Special Shampoo in parallel to this. The cleaning and skincare properties will not be affected by the dogs swimming more than once.

  • Research
    How can I keep up-to-date with your research and activities?

    If you follow us on Facebook you will get up-to-date information on all that’s new on both the research front and on our website.

    You can also subscribe to our newsletter to get news that might be of interest to you straight to your inbox. You can subscribe to the newsletter at ProDenAllergenius.com.

  • Support allergy research
    How can I support allergy research?

    There are many different ways of supporting allergy research. By testing your dog for allergens with the Allergenius Dog Allergen Test (find out more at ProDenAllergenius.com), you can contribute important information to our research.

    You can even donate money directly towards research into a vaccine. Find out about how you can do this at Medi-Tec.se

    We are also very grateful for any help we receive in reaching more people. Sharing information on our research with the people around you is an easy way of getting involved in supporting allergy research. This may be a simple matter of sharing our information on Facebook (Medi-Tec), for example, or of telling your colleagues about allergy research over your coffee break.

Testimonials

  • Yvonne Oskarsson(Saluki)


    •  Who is allergic?
    Our son-in-law is allergic.

    •  Breed and weight of your dog?
    Two salukis, 24 and 28 kg.

    •  Roughly how many washes can you get out of one bottle of shampoo?
    One bottle lasts us about two months.
    •  What effect has the shampoo had on the allergy symptoms?
    Our son-in-law arranged to spend Christmas with us despite having a cold, all thanks to the fact that I’ve washed the dogs once a week since October. As soon as he stepped into our home, he noticed that it didn’t smell of dogs.

    •  What effect has the shampoo had on the dog’s coat?
    I don’t use conditioner when I wash them. I don’t need to.

    •  Anything else we should know?
    The shampoo is worth its weight in gold!


  • Sara Helen Kvickström(Flat-Coated Retriever/Jämthund)


    •  Who is allergic?
    My son, his best friend, his LAT partner and I are all allergic.

    •  Breed and weight of your dog?
    I have a flat-coated retriever/jämthund mix that weighs about 30 kg.

    •  Roughly how many washes can you get out of one bottle of shampoo?
    Four to five washes.
    •  What effect has the shampoo had on the allergy symptoms?
    We have all become less sniffly and have fewer respiratory problems.

    •  What effect has the shampoo had on the dog’s coat?
    The dog’s coat has become softer and glossier.


  • Inger Bergman(Rottweiler)


    •  Who is allergic?
    Our son-in-law is allergic.

    •  Breed and weight of your dog?
    The dog that has used the shampoo thus far is a Rottweiler puppy with quite a lot of fur. At the time he was four months old and weighed about 15 kg.

    •  Roughly how many washes can you get out of one bottle of shampoo?
    I can’t really say because we have only washed him once so far.
    •  What effect has the shampoo had on the allergy symptoms?
    We tested it because the dog was going to stay with the family for a weekend. My son-in-law normally feels his allergy when he meets our dogs, which doesn’t happen very often as they live 400 km away. However, that weekend the puppy stayed with them and my son-in-law looked after the dog, carrying it up and down stairs, among other things. He didn’t notice his allergy at all. In other cases, it seems like people can have bigger reactions to puppies than to adult dogs.

    •  What effect has the shampoo had on the dog’s coat?
    Its coat is still very soft, but that probably isn’t due to the shampoo but rather to the fact that it’s a puppy coat.


  • Jeanette Jakobsson(Border Collie)


    •  Who is allergic?
    My husband and one grandchild are allergic.

    •  Breed and weight of your dog?
    A border collie who is five months old and weighs 15 kg.

    •  Roughly how many washes can you get out of one bottle of shampoo?
    Azlan has long hair, so one bottle lasts for two months if we wash him once a week.
    •  What effect has the shampoo had on the allergy symptoms?
    The shampoo has meant that we can have dogs again. That feeling of tightness in the lungs they get when they are around pets with fur has gone completely. They can take the dog and cuddle with it without their eyes stinging, itching or running.

    •  What effect has the shampoo had on the dog’s coat?
    The coat has got very glossy and soft and is now dandruff-free.

    •  Anything else we should know?
    Facebook is a good way of spreading information. I have recommended your shampoo to many of my friends, even to those who don’t have any allergies at all, because of the positive effect this has on dogs, but also to make our surroundings allergy-free and to make life easier for people who suffer from allergies.


  • Birgitta Steggo(Havanese)


    •  Who is allergic?
    My husband and both of my sons are allergic.

    •  Breed and weight of your dog?
    We have a Havanese that weighs about 7 kg.

    •  Roughly how many washes can you get out of one bottle of shampoo?
    Have only bought one bottle so far and can’t remember when I bought it.
    •  What effect has the shampoo had on the allergy symptoms?
    They have become slightly better.

    •  What effect has the shampoo had on the dog’s coat?
    The fur has become less tangled.


  • Katarina Nauclér(Rhodesian Ridgeback and Shih Tzu)


    •  Who is allergic?
    I am allergic.

    •  Breed and weight of your dog?
    One Rhodesian ridgeback and two shih tzus. My Rhodesian ridgeback weighed 44 kg, and the little ones 12 and 9 kg respectively. Unfortunately my Rhodesian ridgeback and one shih tzu are no longer with us. When we tested the shampoo, I had three dogs.

    •  Roughly how many washes can you get out of one bottle of shampoo?
    When washing them every two weeks, the shampoo lasted up to about six months.
    •  What effect has the shampoo had on the allergy symptoms?
    I have significantly fewer allergy symptoms. I wouldn’t trade this shampoo! During the hay fever season I normally feel really bad and get sensitive to everything!

    •  What effect has the shampoo had on the dog’s coat?
    The shampoo did wonders for the coat of the shih tzu who is no longer with us. He’d had bad fur since he grew out of his puppy fur – it felt like steel wool. But with this shampoo it felt fantastic!

    •  Anything else we should know?
    It is one of a few shampoos that work on my remaining dog, whose skin gets quite easily irritated by “harsh” shampoos. I have also washed my two ragdoll cats (with full fur) with the shampoo and haven’t needed to use any conditioner. Have you noticed any improvement when washing your cats? Yes. And that they don’t need conditioner any more, either. They have great skin, too. Other shampoos tend to be drying, even with conditioner. I’m grateful I got the chance to test this and, as you can see, Jakub has a lot of fur.


  • Jeanette Pettersson(Jack Russell)


    •  Who is allergic?
    My sons are allergic.

    •  Breed and weight of your dog?
    I have a Jack Russell, a male, who is eight years old and weighs 16 kg (very big). He has a long coat, with curls.

    •  Roughly how many washes can you get out of one bottle of shampoo?
    I don’t know.
    •  What effect has the shampoo had on the allergy symptoms?
    We don’t have any runny or snotty noses, itchy eyes or asthma problems in our home any more.

    •  What effect has the shampoo had on the dog’s coat?
    Its coat has become incredibly soft and silky.

    •  Anything else we should know?
    We visited our oldest son on Christmas Eve, after I washed our dog Willie with the shampoo for the first time. We were there for ten hours without our son feeling bad – the first time that’s happened in five years. It was great. I use the shampoo when I know my sons are coming home to visit, so that they can avoid a lot of discomfort. When the boys lived at home they didn’t have any problems as they saw Willie on a daily basis, but for the past five years we have lived in a different town and we don’t see them so often. We have also bought a cat and our sons react very strongly to the cat’s fur.


  • Kerstin Gryhed(Basenji)


    •  Who is allergic?
    Our friends are allergic.

    •  Breed and weight of your dog?
    Two basenjis weighing 9.4 and 10.4 kg.

    •  Roughly how many washes can you get out of one bottle of shampoo?
    Have been using the first bottle for about 15-20 washes, I’d guess.
    •  What effect has the shampoo had on the allergy symptoms?
    My son, who doesn’t live at home and who has had to take Clarityn in the past, doesn’t need to any more.

    •  What effect has the shampoo had on the dog’s coat?
    Our bitch has got rid of her dandruff and both dogs’ coats are good without conditioner.

    •  Anything else we should know?
    The shampoo is easier to use if I dilute two tablespoons of it in just under 100 ml water. This is enough for both dogs.

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