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Anyone here allergic to dogs but still have them?

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OldBagWantsNewBag Tue 26-Mar-13 15:53:20

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poachedeggs Tue 26-Mar-13 17:10:54

I'm allergic to dogs and cats. I'm a vet grin. I take cetirizine each day as well as asthma medication, and it's fine.

Try wiping down the dogs with a damp cloth a couple of times a day. Meant to help.

TheCunnyFuntIsAGrittersFiancee Tue 26-Mar-13 17:16:27

Yes, me! Although because you already have dogs my solution won't do you much good I'm afraid. I have a greyhound, I'm not allergic to him at all! But other dogs I am allergic to, I lived with MIL (who has a spaniel) for 10 months and took an anti allergy tablet every day. It helped but I still got wheezy around tea time.

paddythepooch Tue 26-Mar-13 18:15:03

I've had a cat for years and am allergic to them. Rec Miele dog and cat Hoover. Really helped me and meant I didn't have to take anti histamines after we got it. Suspect mildly allergic to pooch too.

OldBagWantsNewBag Tue 26-Mar-13 19:52:21

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harryhausen Wed 27-Mar-13 09:01:51

I'm afraid to say you can develop an allergy later on in life.

Thus happened to my cousins DH. They had a black Labrador and had had him for 6 years. He was a much loved family pet. However, over the space of 3 months out of the blue her DH developed a severe reaction to him. Really really awful sneezing, angry rashes, severe asthma. They tried everything. The anti-histamines hardly touched it.

In the end they made the hard decision to re-home the dog. It took them a long time to find the right family but they were happy where he went and the other family members visit him in his new home.

I really hope it's not that bad for you OP.

I'm watching the thread with interest as myself and ds are rather allergic to dogs. My dd (8) and my DH are very keen to get a small dog. However we've held off for the allergy reason. People have advised us to get dogs that have to be clipped instead of malting. I'm still researching it as I'm not so sure.

Sorry to hijack thread.

TheCunnyFuntIsAGrittersFiancee Wed 27-Mar-13 14:45:39

Harry as well as Greyhounds, I'm not allergic to Whippets either. Might a Whippet be a possibility? Obviously you'd have to meet a few first to see how you get on with them.

Slavetothechild Wed 27-Mar-13 18:34:47

I am allergic to dogs ( anaphlaxic level needing hospitalisaion ) and take cetrezine twice daily now with a nasal inhaler. I also take strong asthma meds and ow its not too much of a problem, handy as we breed dogs !!!

mrsmindcontrol Wed 27-Mar-13 18:42:59

Me too. Always been horribly allergic to dogs. Got myself a non moulting cairn terrier last year who is ADORABLE. Take a daily telfast tablet (only on prescription) & 90% of the time I'm ok. Probably couldn't manage a moulting breed though.

skratta Fri 29-Mar-13 11:24:07

I'm personally not, but a cousin is allergic (also has severe reactions, leading to hospitalising to horses, cats etc; so basically animal hair- even rugs or whatever can lead to a reaction), she owns a Boxer dog and has owned two beforehand.

If you ARE allergic, then breeds of dogs won't be currently useful. What breeds of dog do you currently have? If very short haired ones, there are solutions, but from your reaction it might mean you eventually have to rehome a dog sadly.

My cousin takes cetrezine regularly, and asthma meds too. The stuff you've got already (Miele vacuum cleaner) is great too, and my cousin made a kind of restricted room, basically, no dogs event got close and nor did anything the dog touched (in case of dog hair etc;) so there's always a little room of non allergic things.

I don't know much about my cousin's allergies (obviously) or types f allergies (I know my cousin is allergic to dog/animal hair) but it might help.

MagratGarlik Fri 29-Mar-13 12:24:52

We use air filters in our house, not because of a pet allergy but because all 4 of us have hayfever. We also wipe the dogs down during pollen season to prevent bringing lots of pollen into the house and we wash clothes with stuff called FabriCleanse, which is approved by Allergy UK and is supposed to reduce allergens on fabrics.

As Harry says, you can develop allergies later in life or existing allergies can worsen. Try and get a referral from your GP to an allergy specialist who can be invaluable in providing support and advice. Both ds' s are under a consultant who specialises in allergies and he has helped enormously in terms of how to manage the boys (multiple) allergies.

Turniphead1 Fri 29-Mar-13 14:09:57

I have read that air filters are good for allergies such as hayfever because pollen particles can actually be trapped by it. Whereas pet dander doesn't get trapped.

It's the dander rather than hairs themselves that most allergic people react to. That or the saliva.

Damp dusting and keeping the dogs off furniture , bedding etc might help symptoms.

OldBagWantsNewBag Sat 30-Mar-13 13:15:03

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AdoraBell Mon 01-Apr-13 03:31:18

I'm mildly allergic but it doesn't seem to effect my breathing, flowers do that. With my dogs if one of them licks past my hands I quickly come up in a rash, it's not all dogs though.

OldBagWantsNewBag Mon 01-Apr-13 21:16:52

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Slavetothechild Wed 03-Apr-13 23:54:49

I have been advised to take one 10mg tablet twice a day as my symptoms are so severe. That is by the hospital consultant so I would imagine one tablet should be enough. I also have to use nasal inhalers , and six other types of medications sad mainly due to being so bloody allergic to things . Hope they work

OldBagWantsNewBag Thu 04-Apr-13 11:44:16

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Slavetothechild Thu 04-Apr-13 22:17:24

Old bag !!! Lol looks bad when I wrote that ! Glad the tablets seem to be working. We have Irish and Gordon setters so big and hairy perfect for someone who is allergic ! Bonkers is defiantly right. My consultant goes mad about the dogs but its what we do showing and breeding . As its our way of life I just don't remind the doctors now smile

Slavetothechild Thu 04-Apr-13 22:18:38

Oh and I'm sure I'm allergic to children too but I've never found anywhere to re home them too!! Main symptoms grey hair and no money hehe

OldBagWantsNewBag Thu 04-Apr-13 23:51:01

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