Is it unreasonable to get a dog when you know your mother/MIL is allergic to them?(58 Posts)
Just that really!
My brother in law and his new wife have just got a dog in the full knowledge that my MIL (his mum!) is allergic to them. He says, her allergies aren't that bad and she's being OTT and she says going in their house will now close up her airways and she could die!
I think she is being OTT but he's being v insensitive but as a general principle what do you think? She wouldn't ever come and stay as they live quite close by but obviously this will make her visiting much more difficult. Equally my BIL and SIL really, really wanted a dog so felt like as she didn't actually live in the house it doesn't matter.
They've never got on particularly well anyway and I suspect this will be the final nail in the coffin but I can't decide who is in the right- not that I'll get involved but it's just been on my mind!
I am severely allergic to all animal hair and dander. Severely. Antihistamines and inhalers have some effect but not much. I have been hospitalised through severe reaction ( horses, I couldn't breathe). I also can not go in a house where an animal has been for about 1 -2 months after it has left. So putting an animal in another room/outside is not an option.
If they want to keep her away they are doing the right thing! I do feel however people with animal allergies are severely misunderstood...
It is not unreasonable for your bil to get a dog.
My daughter is allergic to horses and slightly allergic to dogs. She went horseriding for many years and we had a dog for 10 years. She loved the horses and the dog, so just got on with it, although in fairness the allergies weren't that severe.
Certainly if your mil doesn't live with them then they should have a dog if they want one.
I got a cat though my dad is allergic.
When he stays I give dad our room and shut the cat out. It's fine.
I wouldn't get a pet that might kill someone who visits my house, but if it's just a case of them taking anti-histamines and me deep cleaning and keeping a dog out of their way I wouldn't see it as a big issue.
But antihistamines, deep cleaning, and shutting dog away don't work for severe sufferers. It is the dander that is airborne that causes the problems, not the actual hair, and vacuuming makes no difference
No - but what I meant was that it would depend on the extent of the allergy.
I am also allergic to most animals. An antihistamine before I go to their house does the trick.
I don't think they are being unreasonable. Why should they limit their life because of his mothers issues?
I agree if she lived there it would be different (having said that, I have a cat despite my allergy - it chose us, I didn't want a cat - and havd developed a tolerance over time), but she doesn't.
I am assuming that the her-allergy-isn't-that-severe gut feeling of the OP and her bil is correct. (surely the bil would know? He grew up in her house?)
They can get a dog as long as they accept that this will reduce visits from his mum.
He must also accept that she may feel purposefully excluded and make sure hw works to eliminate those feelings.
I have asthma and am allergic to dogs - my miltb keeps talking about getting one - which is fine as long as she accepts that ds and I will not be able to visit her - she will have to visit us only and lives an hour and a half away and doesn't drive. ...
Orange - do you think that people should change their plans to suit an allergy sufferer that doesn't live there?
To be fair, it doesn't sound like the ops mil has a severe allergy, although we only have her word for that.
It depends on the allergy and the type of dog your relatives have! Would it not be possible for your Mum to visit the allergy clinic at the hospital if she is worried? I am sure your brother in law would be willing to keep the dog out the room she will be sitting in and vacuming thoroughly before the visit?
My DD developed an allergy to both dogs and horses, she has even had to get off a bus if a dog gets on, she reacts that badly. If we visit doggy relatives, they normally put the dog in the garden etc and that helps. It is difficult for her to sleepover at a particular friends, as even though the dog is not in the room they is still dog "residue" around the house - it is supposedly an non allergic type of dog as the friend's mum also reacts to dogs - though not to that one.
My auntie has a severe allergy to cats and used to come and stay with us from overseas even though she would be snuffling and her eyes would be running from the allergy.
No, not at all. Ds has always loved dogs, and now having left home is threatening to get one. I have told him I won't be able to visit him much....he doesn't seem concerned .
If he really really wants one, then he should get one, I wouldn't stop him.
Sorry but she does not live in his house that means he does not have to concider her when getting a pet, she has her own house so can decide what pets are welcome there.
She sounds a bit of a drama queen. Not saying that her allergy isnt genuine, but the way she is going on about it.
Their house, their choice. She could always see them elsewhere.
wishes in laws were allergic to dogs
Of course it they ANBU, it is their home, they can get a dog if they want to. Of course, they will also have to accept this may mean MIL doesn't visit... some may see this as an added benefit of getting the dog.
My own MUm has COPD and has lots of inhalers, medication etc. She constantly goes on about air fresheners, the dogs, the cats etc, but it never stops her visiting. She does make a right fuss if she's here though, but that is all that seems to happen...
I don't think that a parent gets to limit what happens in their adult DCs homes.
The MIL doesn't live there. She isn't needed to do childcare etc. She lives close enough that visits can be short and not require stop overs, and close enough to meet outside their house in halfway locations like parks or invite them to her house. There is no reason as far as I can see that they should limited their pet choice because of MIL's allergies.
BTW - it sounds more like MIL is a drama queen, even if she does have a slight allergy. My mum has allergies that she uses to try to control others diets - she gets annoyed when I serve things she's allergic to (but give her something else), she really feels everyone should be denied things like chocolate cake because she can't have them...
Do you think it's possible your BIL being aware of having seen your MIL around dogs how bad she really is with them and is refusing to let her dictate what happens in his house? If she has form being a drama queen about her allergies (which "my whole face has swollen up!" when it's just slightly puffy eyes, sounds like she does have form of playing up her allergies to get sympathy/attention/control what's going on with others), it could be he sees no point in pandering to her. Your 'deep cleaning because the cat will make MIL ill' when it very clearly doesn't suggests he's grown up with this and can't be arsed "playing the game" with her.
I think it is up to them, but it can be a real pain and be constraining if the allergy is bad.
My DH is very allergic to animals, and my dad has two dogs so it means things like at xmas we need to stay in a hotel, can only visit for a few hours etc. It is a pain, and will probably be more so now we have a baby on the way. He hates making a fuss about it, but it does really restrict us.
Depends if you like them / want them to visit
I'm allergic to cats and dogs. Once I went to a friend's house for dinner (having planned to stay the night). She had shut her cats in the kitchen, but nevertheless between the starter and the main course her DH had to drive me to the pharmacy for medication because by that point I could barely breathe. I'd never had that extreme a reaction before but it was quite frightening. So were I your MIL, I'd be quite upset.
I normally think people should be able to do what they want in their own home BUT i really feel for your mil in this situation. Am VERY allergic to fur -cats,dogs, horse, mice and have been hospitalized on each occasion (asthmatic) It's quite scary because it can just take a few hairs and it can be in a house where the pet has gone. If it were a peanut allergy everyone would be so much more respectful but because its dogs and they are cute no-one takes it seriously (peanuts aren't cute ) Ds doesn't get to see his Gps much because of it. Think it's a bit mean if it's his own mum as it will restrict visiting. Hate the fact that Ds will only be able to have a gldfish
A gldfish is a new species don't you know haha goldfish
OP - regardless of the rights and wrongs of the situation, I don't really see how you're in the middle of this? BIL has made a decision that has upset your MIL, but it's not up to you to resolve their differences, so I would just keep your own counsel, say 'Hmm, it's a tricky one' if anyone involved asks you your opinion and hope that it all blows over soon.
I'm allergic to cats and have asthma. I prob visit people who have them less often but i still go and I just deal with it.
(I Avoid staying over. )
It's my issue, not theirs. Mil is being OTT (unless she has vvv bad symptoms) and yab a bit u.
Things will more than likely be fine if they keep dog out of her way and in another room. But suspect there are lots more issues, not just the dog.
Ps I really dont see why you would be worried about this.
Pps afaik cats are far more problematic for allergy sufferers than dogs. Certainly for me. It's because of the saliva that cats constantly lick themselves in, and they moult more. So if she is ok with your cat, I think she is definitely ott and your bil will know this.
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