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Aug 2, 06 - 9:18 AM Can you suddenly become allergic to your dog?
I've had my dog, Winnie, for four years now, when I got her from the
pound. She's a havanese, and, even though she's normally a "long
hair" because it's the summer she's shaved down. Well, she's really
cute, well-behaved, the light of my life.
Never been allergic to Winnie, or to other dogs or cats. But I just
moved across the country, and to a new apartment about a month ago.
Last week, started breaking out in a itchy rash on my leg. It
happened after I was sitting on a chair where I allow Winnie to sit.
The rash has come back, both on my leg, and now on my arm. I've
woken up in the middle of the night with it, and she doesn't sleep
with me, so I'm pretty confused.
Wondering what my options might be if I am allergic. I desperately
want to keep my dog, but don't want a horrible skin rash! Benedryl
does seem to work, and since the issue started, I had been doing
many of the things suggested on the website (which is very helpful,
by the way)
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Aug 27th, 2006 - 1:08 PM Re: Can you suddenly become allergic to
I do not know specifically about animal allergies, but they say your
body chemestry changes about every ten years, so yes you can become
allergic all of a sudden.
I just recieved a service dog for myself and I take her to work with
me. People with allergies are not too happy with us at the moment. I
feel bad for people who have allergies to dogs. I hear shampoos do
not help much.
Good luck being able to keep your dog. They are so special.
Aug 3, 06 - 10:13 AM Do any allergy sufferers have Basenji's
Hi Everyone, I have bad allergies but I am dying to get a dog. I saw
that Basenji's may be a good one to choose, does anyone have one of
these dogs? I am just wondering how badly it bothered their
allergies. I want one so bad, so hopefully someone has some advice
for me Thanks!!!
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Aug 27th, 2006 - 7:52 PM Re: Do any allergy sufferers have Basenji's
I too have allergies. I just visited a local breeder that only has
basenjis. She said it was the time of year for their maximum amount
of shedding so I thought it was perfect timing. I petted the dogs
and put my hands all over my face and neck. Strangely enough my face
never broke out (I almost always get the watery eyes and runny nose)
but about an hour later the back of my neck really broke out.
Probably doesn't help but that was my experience.
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Aug 28, 06 - 2:51 AM Can you get better from your allergies
Has anyone got any better with there allergies to there puppy or
dog, im suffering very bad at the momment and don't want to rehome
my puppy, but i can't carry one like this, with it as bad as it is.
Trying to do all i can, but nothing much is helpng at the momment. I
keep hoping that things will improve, and hope it don't get worse.
Has anyone got any success stories or know were to find them on the
internet. And what medication is helpful for sinus pain congestion
and itching all over body, burning tongue and sore throut. please
somebody reply, this is a horrible situation being allergic to your
puppy and feeling your going to lose him, it so upseting. Kind
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Aug 28th, 2006 - 2:37 PM Re: Can you get better from your allergies
After awhile your alergies lessen and lessen! If you have a dog
after a while you wont sneeze as much or get hives or other
symptoms. I used to have dogs and i was fine, wasnt around animals
for a year and i showed symptoms. Then i dated a guy with 2 dogs
after 3 months it wasnt as bad!
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Aug 29th, 2006 - 2:46 AM Re: Can you get better from your allergies
I hope i can sit this out, my puppy loves it here with us he's so
settled, it will be so sad to give him up, these allergies are
awfull, it makes you feel very ill at times.
We bathed Jett last night, it did not seem to make any differance, i
still reacted just as bad when i went near him.
Sep 12, 06 - 11:23 PM 4 month olds reaction
My 4 month old daughter keeps coming home from her fathers with
hives on her, they are getting progressively worse(it started as a
minor rash) anyway he doesnt believe taht its there Pom that shes
reacting to and says that he will keep the dog outside as well his
gf shaved the dog. I was wondering if it is the dog shes reacting to
if these steps will help her be ok. She also seems a little wheezy
and congested when she comes home after only being there an hour..
Any suggestions would help as he is addimate that its not the dog!
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Sep 14th, 2006 - 7:00 PM Re: 4 month olds reaction
If she is weezing I would check with doctor about asthma.
It's possible she has bad reaction to dog, or something else in the
Do they smoke in the house?
In Anyway I would ask them to get Air purifiers and run them all the
Also was the dog right before she comes in , and regualry, maybe
once a week.
They don't have to use soap al lthe time , just water would be fine
to wash off the allergens off the dog.
The truth is even if there get rid of the dog, allergens can be in
the house for up to 6 months, thats why they should put air filters
and try to keep air clean all the timre regurdless of your daughter
Check also www.allerpet.com it has some usefull info.
Nov 3, 05 - 6:03 PM Different Allergic Reactions to Different Dogs?
I purchased a Doberman Pinscher puppy about three months ago after
the death of my previous dog. My previous dog was a Pomeranian, so
you can imagine with all that fur just how miserable I was all the
time...itchy watering eyes, uncontrollable sneezing...it was just
horrible. But I loved my dog and could not even think of parting
with him, so I put up with it for 15 years. When he died I decided a
short haired dog would be a much better choice.
Well, no more itchy eyes or sneezing, but now I have developed an
itch and hives! The weird part about it is, if I pet him, my hands
wont be affected, but when he lays next to me whatever skin he
touches will break out into hives. That also happens when I give him
hugs. My arms will break out with uncontrollable itching. The
itching goes away within about 10-15 minutes after the contact is
ended, but it's very severe when it's going on.
I am confused because my skin never itched or broke out with hives
with my previous dog. Is it possible to have different allergic
reactions to different dogs?...and why aren't my hands affected?
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Nov 26th, 2005 - 4:44 PM Re: Different Allergic Reactions to
I am currently having the same problem with a Boxer puppy. I had a
boxer in the past with no problem but with this puppy I have hives
all over all the time.
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Dec 10th, 2005 - 3:15 PM Re: Different Allergic Reactions to
I had the same type of reaction to other pets I've had - namely pet
rats. I think hands aren't so affected because the skin on them is
tougher than, say, the inner arms or legs or stomach. Could be you
react to the oil on the dog's fur/skin. I think dobes are another
one of those flaky oily breeds unfortunately!
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Dec 13th, 2005 - 5:56 PM Re: Different Allergic Reactions to
Many pet allergy sufferers report different levels of allergic
reactions to various dog breeds. Unfortunately, both Dobies and
Boxers are breeds that people are commonly allergic to. Same with
many other short haired breeds, like popular Beagles. A larger dog
will also expose you to more doggie dander than a small dog.
Try giving your dog weekly baths with a mild dog shampoo (not
overdrying the skin), and see if that lessens your allergic
reaction. Wash also all textiles that your dog comes in contact
with. Keep your bedroom "dog free" at all times, and get a HEPA room
aircleaner that you keep on at night while sleeping.
Dec 31st, 2005 - 8:43 AM Re: Different Allergic Reactions to
Update: I still have the boxer (not giving him up for anything). I
take 2 Benadryl every 4 hours and it seems to help a lot.
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Jan 7th, 2006 - 3:30 PM Re: Different Allergic Reactions to
update: my sister recently adopted a dobie and i have had close
contact with him with no problems so now i'm even more confused as
to what's going on with my dog :-/ i think i'll be taking a trip to
Aug 24th, 2006 - 3:23 AM Re: Different Allergic Reactions to
maybe you should swap
Only joking, maybe you should get properly allergy tested and see
whats the problem, because it might not even be the dog.
Also, I have noticed that if I bathe my border terrier with dog
shampoo, my allergy comes up. I use baby shampoo now and think I am
not allergic to dogs, but the shampoo.
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Aug 25th, 2006 - 4:40 PM Re: Different Allergic Reactions to
Different Dogs? - allergic to dog shampoo
I am also allergic to many dog shampoos. Because I bathe my dogs
frequently due to my allergies to them, I always look for MILD dog
shampoos (e.g. oatmeal shampoos) that don't overdry my dogs' skin. I
also wash my hands and arms after giving my dogs their baths.
Some people have good luck using gentle human baby shampoos on their
dogs. Although, human shampoos are not usually recommended for dogs
because human and canine skins have different pH. Human shampoo may
cause stripping and dryness of dog coat.
Aug 26th, 2006 - 9:50 PM Re: Different Allergic Reactions to
Cin, I've got allergies to everything (except food, thank goodness),
and my dog allergies have gotten progressively worse over the years.
With Dobies, Rotties and animals with similar short-haired coats, I
can't touch them without breaking out in hives and welts (except on
I've found that immediately putting ice on the affected areas helps
my hives more than any of the medication I've bought or been
prescribed. But I haven't found ANY medications that stop the hives.
Even the shots didn't help. But I have severe allergies.
Sep 14th, 2006 - 7:08 PM Re: Different Allergic Reactions to
Sometimes when you use shampoo it irritates dog's skin and then
allergies get worse.
you might just was your dog with plain water every week and shampoo
also, check www.allerpet.com.
good product and I think the most complete explanation about pet
Sep 18, 06 - 4:42 AM New Puppy = itchy arms
Hi, my husband and I just got a new yorkie puppy. First let me
explain, we both LOVE dogs, our whole family has dogs. About a year
ago we finally decided to get a pug (which we had wanted for a long
time). After we got him my allergies went crazy. Started with the
itching eyes, runny nose and sneezing. Then the symptoms got worse
and I got athzma that was brought on by the allergies. So I would
start wheezing and coughing really bad. We made a decision, a very
hard one, that for my health the puppy would have to go. We found a
lady that wanted him and we actually still keep in touch, she emails
us photos and updates us on how he is doing. We were both crushed by
this! Well we never got over the puppy bug, and started looking into
hypo-allergenic dogs. We finally decided on the yorkie and made a
two hour drive to get our little Ollie. He is such a doll! Now the
first few days I was fine, no symptoms! However the past 2-3 days my
arms are breaking out in a horrible rash when I hold him or he licks
me. It itches like crazy. No other symptoms so far!! Do you guys
have any recomendations for the rash! I can't bring myself to give
him up, I don't think I can handle that again!!! Any advise would be
May 7, 06 - 6:59 PM baby with dog allergies and asthma - do I need
to give up my dog?
My 15 month old son was just diagnosed with dog allergies, along
with allergies to cat, dust mite, maple tree, grasses, milk and egg.
I haven't noticed any allergic reaction to dog specifically. Except
when he was younger, he turned red when dogs licked him. Since the
Spring began, my son has had a runny nose and after being around a
cat, had asthma symptoms like wheezing and labored breething.
Now we are faced with the question of whether to keep our beloved
dog of nearly 4 years. Our allergist believes that exposure to our
dog will make his allery and asthma worse over time. He advised us
to get rid of our dog. I am struggling with this decision because,
as I said, my son hasn't had a lot of symptoms directly related to
being around our dog.
I would love to hear any advice you have on making this difficult
decision. Is it true that if he tested positive to dog allergy, that
his symptoms and asthma will get worse over the years?
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May 10th, 2006 - 3:54 AM Re: baby with dog allergies and asthma - do
I need to give up my dog?
Your baby's asthma and allergies will probably get worse with time,
especially if he is continuously exposed. I know it's a
heartwrenching choice to make. Perhaps you have a friend who could
take the dog for you so you can visit and snuggle often? My
husband's parents ignored his allergies all through childhood and
now his allergies are through the roof severe and he resents they
lack of caring for his suffering in the interest of long gone
childhood pets. This is your precious BABY, after all, and nothing
is more frightening than a child with an out-of-control asthma
attack, which is the road you are going down now, even if you didn't
have a pet in the house. Take your doctor's warnings seriously.
Allergies can be deadly. It's sad, but, your doggy shouldn't be
above your baby, and if I were you, I'd hug the doggy good-bye.
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Aug 24th, 2006 - 3:33 AM Re: baby with dog allergies and asthma - do
I need to give up my dog?
Maybe you could get a second test on the dog allergy, but if he
tests possitive for a second time, I would definately say bye bye to
the dog. I have a 5 year old daughter, 2 year old son and a border
terrier and there is no doubt in my mind what I would do in your
situation. Its so sad, but allergies do get worse from repeated
exposure and it would be pretty miserable for him to feel like he
has a constant cold or hives etc.
All the best
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Sep 20th, 2006 - 8:22 AM Re: baby with dog allergies and asthma - do
I need to give up my dog?
I am in the same situation, except I have 3 dogs in the house. A
pug, boxer, and great dane. I am struggling also with what decision
to make. Let me know how it works out.
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Sep 20th, 2006 - 9:23 AM Re: baby with dog allergies and asthma - do
I need to give up my dog?
Thank you all for your responses. We wound up giving up our dog. My
son tested allergic to dog again (and this time with just the *****
test, whereas last time he only showed positive to the interdermal/2nd
level test). And his asthma has become a bigger issue. Although it
was very diffucult to part with our dog, I have no doubt that we
made the right decision. And I feel good that my dog, Clayton, is in
a good home with someone who loves and appreciates him.
Apr 16, 06 - 6:36 AM I'm not allergic to dogs, but... Dachshund
I've had dogs all my life, and lived with dirty long hair cats as
well. I grew up with a very fuzzy shetland/mini-collie mix (who lots
of people were allergic to, especially as he got older)
I've had two miniature dachshunds, both short hair, one is part
long-hair, so his hair is a little finer than the other one.
I have never, ever had a reaction to any dog. I had an allergy test
a few months ago and tested negative to pet allergies.
My wife and I just adopted a new 5 year old mini dachshund. He's
making me itchy. My wife is allergic to dogs (and just about
everything else) but doesn't normally have a reaction to dachshunds,
and she's having a fairly severe reaction (she's not athsmatic but
she's showing the classic pet allergy signs). Bear in mind she's
also alergic to most chemicals, perfumes and such, and has a similar
His previous owner used advantix on him, but it was several weeks
since his last application, and we've used that on our dogs before
with no reaction (even for my wife)
The new dog was an outside dog, so I thought maybe he was covered
with pollen or flea powder. His previous owner was wearing perfume
when we met her, and the new dog smelt kind of funny when we picked
him up. I've bathed him twice since we got him, and I'm still
itching. I sneezed while I was bathing him this morning. One of my
other dogs started sneezing when he sniffed him after I dried him
So I have a couple of questions:
1. Is it possible to be allergic to one specific dog when you're not
allergic to other dogs in the same breed?
2. Is that possible when you're not allergic to dogs at all?
3. Is there something that people commonly put on dogs that could
cause a reaction similar to dog allergies?
4. Are dogs allergic to other dogs?
5. Is there any sort of shampoo I can use to strip any
chemicals/flea powder/etc that might be the cause of this reaction?
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Sep 28th, 2006 - 11:11 AM Re: I'm not allergic to dogs, but...
I have never been allergic to any type of animal.
I recently bought a Japanese Chin. I now break out in hives
spreading from my back to my torso to all over my arms. Steroids
relieve the rash when its at its worst, but who wants steroids all
the time. I tried loratadine, Claritin, but I soon got imune to it
and had to up my dosage. I am now trying Allegra.
Wish me luck cause I'm praying for you.
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Oct 16, 06 - 10:02 PM Australian Shepherd and springer spaniel
I LOVE my sons dog as does he, he is however allergic, highly
allergic, he was away from home for three days and returned and now
blames his stuffy nose and sneezes and even worse......on the
dog.....I don't want him to keep the dog outside........any advice
besides vacuuming every other minute. Help.
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ICQ: Help me with my Sons Allergies to his Dog.....