Barack Obama plans to acquire a hypoallergenic dog because of daughter Malia’s allergies, but doctors have bad news, the AP reports. No canine is “truly ‘hypoallergenic,’” an allergists group says. “It is falsely believed that a dog that sheds less will not cause a reaction,” the group continued. In fact, allergens reside in dogs’ skin, urine, and saliva, and cannot be escaped.
Though owners say certain breeds are less irritating, no science supports the claim. Clean, groomed dogs have less dander, or dead skin cells, but the allergen is still there. If Malia is truly allergic, one doctor said, “I wouldn't recommend bringing it in.” The allergists group also provided the president-elect with cleaning tips, including frequent vacuuming and no carpets.