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Feb 10, 06 - 10:29 AM strange question
I have a odd question from a client of mine. Can a person be
allergic to a specific coat color and not another?
Your Email: SEHamilton@guidedogsofamerica.org
Dec 7, 05 - 2:51 PM Myth or Not
I have heard that some dogs are good for people that have asthma.
They actually help minimize asthma attacks from coming on.
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Jan 21st, 2006 - 11:21 AM Re: Myth or Not
The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology published a paper
that reported that households with dogs had higher levels of
bacterial endotoxin, a substance that protects against allergens
If anyone has the technical background to make sense of this, please
let us all know.
I'd appreciate a "heads up" at email@example.com
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Feb 10th, 2006 - 2:22 PM Re: Myth or Not
count me in if you find medical information regarding this
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Feb 18, 06 - 10:11 PM Rat Terrier
I am getting a Rat Terrier. Are they low Dander dogs? (Low
Allergy?)Does anyone know. I believe they are?" I am just making
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Feb 22, 06 - 2:42 AM Home test for dog allergy?
I've found home allergy tests for cats and other things like this
one : http://www.testsymptomsathome.com/fs_alg0.asp?portalid=GOO
Is there a similar test to see if someone is allergic to dogs?
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Mar 10, 06 - 9:26 AM Is it the dog?
About a month ago my husband and I got a yorkie bichon mix and not
until about 2 weeks after i began to sneeze and get congested as
well as SEVERALLY itchy eyes, especially in the inner corners. I've
never had any sort of reaction to dogs before, but could I be
allergic to my dog and would it come on so slow afer having her for
2 weeks before I saw symptoms! Thanks!
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Mar 11th, 2006 - 10:43 AM Re: Is it the dog?
Since you are itching, you could definitely be allergic to your dog.
It can take as long as a few years to develop a pet allergy! Try
giving your dog baths 1-2 times a week with a mild dog shampoo (not
to overdry the skin) to reduce allergens in his coat. It might help
a bit. Also, keep the dog away from your bedroom.
Mar 5, 06 - 9:51 AM Hepa purifiers, acupuncture and homeopathy. Does
I really want to by a dog, and I am doing everything i can to get
information about how to live with my pet even though I am allergic.
I have heard about HEPA purifiers and I wonder if someone knows
witch one that is the best. I have heard that not all of them are as
good as told. There are many types, but I dont know witch one to by.
I also wonder if someone have tried things like acupuncture or
homeopathy to reduce allergic symptoms? (or something else)Does it
I hope someone knows something about this, then I would be very
happy Annyway, I think this is a greate page with lots of good
advice, it`s really giving me the hope of having animals again
Sorry all mistakes (I am from Norway)
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Mar 11th, 2006 - 10:57 AM Re: Hepa purifiers, acupuncture and
homeopathy. Does it help?
HEPA aircleaners make a huge difference to me. I have used Honeywell
(e.g. Enviracare, Quietcare) HEPA aircleaners for many years. Just
make sure it's a TRUE HEPA filter.
May 24, 05 - 12:37 PM Cockapoo
My son Tommy is 15 months old. He developed allergies and asthma
very early on and I was forced to find homes for my 2 dogs, an
English Springer Spaniel and a terrier mix.
Since the dogs have been gone, his allegies have improved
tremendously! He gets so excited to see dogs (and I miss having a
dog in the house) and I decided to talk to his pediatrician about
these 'hypoallergenic' breeds that I have heard about. I was told
that poodles and schnauzers are the best route.
I have been looking for a dog that would fit into our family life
(dealing with a young child, being home alone while at work, etc)
and I was offered a cockapoo. Before today, I never even heard of
such a breed.
I was wondering if anyone could offer advice on this breed as well
as any personal experience anyone has had such as the allergies,
disposition, any health problems with the breed, etc.
Any help would be GREATLY appreciated.
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Jun 2nd, 2005 - 9:11 AM Re: Cockapoo
I really dont know much about a Cockapoo but my son has allergies
and asmtha. His allergy doctor said the best dog is a bichon frise.
He owns one himself and his own kids suffer from allergies and are
not bothered by the dog. I really wish I could find out more about
other breads that are considered better for allergy sufferers. My
son really wants a pet, but the bichon seems to be so expensive.
Jun 2nd, 2005 - 9:15 AM Re: Cockapoo
I have also heard about the Bichons... and as you said, they are WAY
to expensive!!! I'm trying to look at animal shelters but the
chances of coming across one are slim to none!!
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Dec 21st, 2005 - 5:54 AM Re: Cockapoo
A Cockapoo is half Cocker half Poodle. I grew up with these dogs. I
have asthma and allergies but I never had any problem with these
dogs. After my son was born we found out that he was allergic to
dogs but he has never had a reaction to the Cockapoo. Just a year
ago my sister got a Bichon and my son is constantly getting hives,
swollen eyes and wheezing after playing with the Bichon. Just wanted
to let you know my experience.
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Dec 21st, 2005 - 5:59 AM Re: Cockapoo
Just an update:
I went out and bought a cockapoo, Butterscotch. She was 2 1/2 months
old when I got her. She's now nearly 7 months old and she has
adapted VERY well in my house. My son is so good with her. He is
very gentle and the dog is very patient. Butterscotch follows him
wherever he goes.
Thank you to everyone for their comments. Have a wonderful holiday!
Mar 14th, 2006 - 12:34 PM Re: Cockapoo
hey, im allergic to just about anything & everything and my dad
suffers too. when i was younger we got a Bichon, and i was fine with
him, but my dad wasnt so he had to go :( now im tryin to get myself
one to live with me. They are defo worth the money and are soooo
cuddly and lovely. perfect family dog and fab with the kids!
Mar 15, 06 - 5:34 AM SBT - Im allergic pls help!!
Got our SBT on monday and since then ive had gotten a rash on my
face, ive got sore eyes and i can't stop sneezing. Im also pregnant
so not sure if i can take allergy tablets and can't get in dovtors
till next week. Would i be better of just returning the dog to the
home before we get too attached as i don't really want to be on
pls help me any advice would be brill xx
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Mar 15th, 2006 - 10:57 AM Re: SBT - Im allergic pls help!!
If I was you, I would return the dog before I became too attached to
him. It is very, very difficult to give up a dog that has become
part of the family. It's especially heartbraking for kids.
Living with dog allergies can be miserable. Being pregnant and being
allergic to your dog must be the worst! Also, since you are allergic
to dogs, there is a possiblity your baby could become allergic to
the dog as well.
Mar 15, 06 - 2:37 AM Had Border terrier for 1 year now, suddenly
developed symptoms help!!
I have owned by border terrier, Ralphie for over a year now. I have
suddenly developed runny, itchy nose, sometimes blocked and a
feeling of dry eyes. Was wondering if it was my dog?? I'm 25, but
have been around horses all my childhood, previously owned a min
schnauzer. I have also lived in houses where there has been
dauchounds(sorry bad spelling), german shepherd, jack russel and
labrador and no symptoms.
Sometimes I get a very itchy back of the throat too.
My kids would never forgive me if Ralph had to go!!
I hand stripped his coat on Sat and was wondering if this might have
started symptoms. I just find it strange because he has always slept
in my bedroom, have shaken out his bedding, bathed him etc and
nothing previously. Can my g.p specifically test to see if it is
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Mar 15th, 2006 - 10:51 AM Re: Had Border terrier for 1 year now,
suddenly developed symptoms help!!
It does sound like you have developed an allergy to your dog. It is
possible to become allergic to dogs after many years of exposure. Or
maybe you had some allergic reaction earlier, but it was too mild to
pay much attention to.
Allergists can test for dog allergies, but it's a general dog test.
I don't think they have breed specific tests.
Try some of environmental controls for pet allergies. Maybe they
will lessen your allergic reaction. Especially, bathe your dog 1-2
times a week with a mild dog shampoo, keep him away from your
bedroom at all times, and run a true HEPA aircleaner at least in
your bedroom. Also, have someone else do the coat care from now on.
Mar 15th, 2006 - 12:21 PM Re: Had Border terrier for 1 year now,
suddenly developed symptoms help!!
Thnx Kris, Will definately try out a Hepa filter, but as for coat
care, might have to bribe someone to do it!!
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Mar 7, 06 - 9:05 AM I'm allergic to dogs!
hiya! I really want a dog, but I'm allergic to them!! it's so
irritating coz I love dogs and really do wish I had one. Apparently
you can buy lotion to put on your pets fur, to reduce your allergy
to the dog. do you know any more about that, or know about
'hypoallergenic' dogs. Please reply, maby you can share you
enthusiam with me about your love of dogs :)
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Mar 26th, 2006 - 12:26 PM Re: I'm allergic to dogs!
I had a Westhighland White Terrier and became allergic to him , it
was worse when he got older because he developed a skin condition. I
used Aller Pet on him, and bathed him every week with Nizoral. But
it did not help totally. The allergy to him became worse and we had
to adopt him out. I have had no dog since then and am very sad about
that. I, too, am looking for a non allergenic dog. I was told that
the Westie was, but it was not true.
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Mar 2, 06 - 3:04 AM Are animal shelters especially bad?
I have tested positive for dog allergies, but my parents have dogs
and I lived with them fine for years. I did have allergy problems,
but I also tested positive for other things in the enviorment, and I
assumed that the other things were the real problem, since I still
had the same allergies when I moved into the no-dog college dorms in
the same state, even though they went away as soon as I went out of
state. So I figured that I'd be fine with adopting a dog, and I've
even picked one out. I'm just waiting to take her home. But both
times I've been to the shelter, I had a bad sinus headache the next
day. There are all sorts of other possibile reasons for the headache
(one of the days I hadn't had much sleep the night before, for
instance, and the next time I was worried about the possibility of
an allergic reaction because of the first time, and may have faked
myself out) but I'm getting worried. I was only there for a few
I'm getting an adult dog, and my basic feeling is that even if I
have to find her another home, she'd be better off with me even
temporarilly than in the shelter, especially since I would be
housebreaking and training her (which would make her more attractive
to other people looking for a dog.) And even if I have the same
reaction I have at my parent's house, I'd still keep her...I'm just
worried because I reacted WORSE to just a few short minutes with her
at the shelter than I did to living with my parent's dogs, and if my
allergies have taken a turn for the worse, I might end up with
asthma or something, which would mean I'd have to give her up. I
don't think it's a breed issue because my parents have always had
such a random collection of dogs, and none of them have been
low-dander breeds. I've also played with other people's dogs since I
moved out on my own and never noticed a reaction (although it is
possible that I may have just missed the connection...but I doubt
In conclusion, is there anyone else who normally has only mild dog
allergies but finds places like annimal shelters really bad? (Does
the amount of dander in the air affect the amount of reaction that
much?) Or should I assume that either I have suddently gotten much,
much worse, or that the dog I'm about to get is especially bad for
Apr 2nd, 2006 - 9:47 PM Re: Are animal shelters especially bad?
I recently found out that I have allergies to my pet, when I found
this out, he was at the boarding kennel, I was not there for 5 mins.
when I started reacting terribly to the dogs, but once we were home
with one dog, it was gone. So my thought is that there are more dogs
to cause the reaction to set in faster.
Apr 3rd, 2006 - 12:14 PM Re: Are animal shelters especially bad?
Yes, my asthma definitely gets a lot worse if I'm around a lot of
dogs in closed spaces, for example, visiting the vet. If I dare to
go to an indoor dog show, I usually suffer from bad asthma that day
and for about a week afterwards. I also get terribly itchy even if
I'm not touching any of the dogs. When my dogs come back home from a
boarding kennel, I give them a bath immediately.
Oct 26, 04 - 2:34 PM Symptoms of Dog Allergy
Hi I've been trying to do some research on dog allergies before
going to the doctor so maybe someone here can help me.
My 19 month old son has been battling a cough, runny nose (clear
mucus) and sometimes red eyes. He was on an antibiotic and doesn't
seem to help. However I've noticed that it gets worse when the
puppies (we have 2) start jumping on him or when he is at my mom's
house and is laying on the dog (mom's dog doesn't lick any of the
kids was trained not to lick). So I'm wondering if it's possible to
be allergic to the dogs even though he's not breaking out in a rash
I've noticed it the last few days as the puppies have been around
him more and more and when he's not around them the symptoms aren't
as bad. He's still fighting the runny nose. Should I get him into
the doctor and ask the doctor if this is an allergy or just get him
in for a stronger antibiotic for a cold?
Any help would be greatly appreciated. I know I probably will have
to get rid of the puppies since they are mutts and do shed a lot. We
don't really want to do that but child's health comes first and we
have been looking to get rid of one of the puppies since 2 have been
too much to care for (we are down to 2 from 6that the mom had!lol)
Thanks for the help
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Nov 12th, 2004 - 6:22 PM Re: Symptoms of Dog Allergy
So sorry to hear your child is so sick. This does sound like
allergies. I have had the same problem and so has my 4 year old.
When I went to the doctor they said it was allergies, to the dog. I
have tried different meds. but nothing has worked for me so far. I
can live with it, but my daughter can't. Hope I have been some help.
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Dec 15th, 2004 - 10:46 AM Re: Symptoms of Dog Allergy
My 14 month old has had the same symptoms, even trouble breathing.
We recently had the scratch test done on him and he is allergic to
the dog and the cat. More so the dog. I would highly recommend
having him tested. They can do a blood test or a scratch test. I'm
not sure which one is more efficient, but either would be fine I'm
sure. Hope this helps.
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Apr 7th, 2006 - 7:00 PM Re: Symptoms of Dog Allergy
I came across this site thru a google search. We had a RAST test
done for our daughter and it came back she is allergic to dogs. I
guess there is a scale and on a scale of one to four, our daughter
had a four for dogs. Does anyone know it it's possible to test for
specific dog breeds? i was told that when the tests are done like
for dogs, it is too general.
I guess we'll try that saliva test I read about here and see what
We've had our dogs 6 years and daughter is 2 1/2.
She suffers from eczema and our doc told us that dogs are most
likely making it worse.
Any advice is much appreciated.
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Apr 11, 06 - 3:55 PM allergies in children--would a symptom be
hello i have twin boys that are 8. I have always had dogs but mostly
outside ones with the excepton of one cocker until this christmas we
got a lab and now my boys throw up every mornign to the point i have
to go to school because of it atleast 2x weekly. Is this a symptom
of dog allergies or not? help please
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Apr 11th, 2006 - 6:34 PM Re: allergies in children--would a symptom
I don't think throwing up is a sign of human dog allergy. At least,
I haven't heard of it before. Sounds more like a gastro-intestinal
upset. Food allergies and lactose intolerance can cause throwing up.
I would make an appointment with a pediatrician asap to figure out
what's going on. Let us know what you find out...
Apr 11th, 2006 - 7:18 PM Re: allergies in children--would a symptom
I AM TRYING TO JUST SORT OF NARROW DOWN THE POSSIBILITIES. IT ONLY
HAPPENS IN THE MORNING AND USUALLY WHEN THE BOYS ARE AT SCHOOL SO I
AM THINKING SOMETHING IS GOING ON THERE, BUT JUST WAS WONDERING
ABOUT THE DOG ALLERGIES AS WE GOT A NEW LAB AROUND CHRISTMAS AND HE
SHEDS HORRIBLY. THANKYOU SO MUCH FOR THE INFO I WILL DO THAT ASAP.
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Jan 21, 06 - 11:11 AM HELP!
Sadly, my almost 15 yr old poodle passed on. Five weeks later I got
a poodle puppy. This was 2.5 weeks ago. Since I have mild asthma and
terrible seasonable allergies I went to my allergist to begin
desensitization shots. He did scratch tests and found that I am now
allergic to poodles (2+ weal). I also have Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.
I take no allergy meds because most of the time I just feel a little
congested and use saline spray.
Both the allergist and my internist told me to "get rid of the dog".
My feeling is that, since my CFS keeps me home alot I need a dog for
company. Also, I am allergic to approximately 70 other things,
including dust and dust mites, so how much is being dogless going to
help? When I said this to my internist he looked at me as if I had
I really love this little guy (puppy, not allergist) and I am
acutely aware that I have to make a decision FAST so that he can
find a good home while still young and appealing, should I decide I
cannot keep him.
I've had dogs for 30 of my 56 years of life and truly value their
companionship. My allergist said I am not going to wind up in a
nursing home on oxygen.
Do all you guys do what the doctor says? I am going to snuggle him
and cuddle him. But I can keep him off my bed. And the air here in
NYC is so bad that some mornings I wake up with my eyes all puffy
from the "breeze" that came in my window all night.
Appreciate any advice.
Lesson learned: Being around a "low allergen dog" for 15 years can
sensitize yo to the breed.
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Jan 23rd, 2006 - 9:27 AM Re: HELP!
I would get a good HEPA room aircleaner and run it in the bedroom
all night. Windows and doors closed. This way you would only breath
"clean" air during the night. And no dog in the bedroom.
Yes, it is possible for animal allergies to take years to develop.
Apr 15th, 2006 - 7:27 PM Re: HELP!
get ridd of it
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Apr 29, 06 - 7:27 PM Skin Rash on 18 mo son...??
My son loves dogs but hasn't really had any personal interaction
with them, sees them usually on walks but hasn't really touched any.
Last night he actually got to play with a small dog and the house
had a much larger dog locked away (they weren't sure he was kid
friendly) and my son left with dog hair all over him... mostly on
his legs and tummy from being on the floor. This morning he woke up
with a total body rash, concentrated where I remember seeing the
most dog hair (i only noticed because the dog hair was white and he
was wearing dark blue pajamas).
When I referenced a pharmacist he said it was an allergy to
something. Can kids get skin rashes from dog allergies and have you
ever heard of this? Is there a large chance we'll never be able to
get dogs with this kind of allergy if that's what it is?
Apr 30th, 2006 - 9:03 AM Re: Skin Rash on 18 mo son...??
Yes, skin rash and itching are common dog allergy symptoms. If your
son was not in contact with anything else unusual on that day, he's
probably allergic to dogs.
Personally, if my child was that allergic to dogs, I would not get
any pets with fur or feathers.