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Old 03-15-2012, 04:45 AM
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Default 45 years later....

All my childhood I was very allergic including to our dogs. However my parents never consider to "get rid of the dogs" I was sick, having to use medicine and still it was so hard constant sneezing red eyes and eventually asthma. My family was bothered by my sneezing. I loved the dogs but all these years of chronic irritation to my lungs gave me irreverible asthma and probably shortened my life span by 5 or 10 years...I am now 50 y old and still suffered the conseuences of the fact that between my health and the dogs, my parents made the choice of not making choices (and find another family for the dogs) Children do not know... no cleaning was ever enough...I LOVE animals and dogs but I certainly would never judge parents making that heartbreaking choice of sending a loved animal away in order to preserve a better future for their child's health
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Old 03-15-2012, 05:26 AM
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It sounds like the allergic child is going to be on plenty of medications for other allergies, and posters have certainly given many good suggestions to lessen the problem in the home.
I have never heard of inhalers stunting anyone's growth.
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Old 03-15-2012, 09:24 AM
Location: West Virginia
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I let the dog [pug] that sheds a LOT go see if that helps. But Yes my son comes before inside animals... Why would anyone live off drugs is beyond me! Or want some one they suposely love live in a drugged haze.
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Old 03-15-2012, 09:46 AM
Location: Northern MN
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I don't think your childhood played any role in your condition as it is genetic.
It may have been a irritant and being exposed to the animals brought it to the for front but that's it.
You were born with this condition and life is full of irritants.

"he can develop eczema from the pet dander being through out the house,"

Nope that is not how it happens.
"Doctors do not know the exact cause of eczema, but a defect of the skin that impairs its function as a barrier, possibly combined with an abnormal function of the immune system,are believed to be important factors. Studies have shown that in people with atopic dermatitis there are gene defects that lead to abnormalities in certain proteins (such as filaggrin) that are important in maintaining the barrier of normal skin.


back to "life is full of irritants."

What if the kid he sits next to in school has a dog that they play with before school that sheds?
Will he need to take any meds for the casual contact he will have with other pet owners?
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Old 03-15-2012, 09:53 AM
Location: West Virginia
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I re-read the OP post. She saying that her son only had these health problems since they got the pug 1+ yrs ago. So rehoming the pug doing a good cleaning may solve the problems. My gf DD was allergic to dogs all her life...then her Dh got a Boxer that he insisted sleep in their room. She not once had any reaction to the dog! Sometimes it just depends on the dog/animal.
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Old 01-16-2013, 01:00 AM
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my daughter is 2 months old and went to the allergist today and we where told she is allergic to dogs after we provided a sample of your dogs hair and syliva. he told us to get rid of your dog which i cant see myself doing. do i have any other options before i give my dog away?
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Old 01-16-2013, 07:41 AM
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Originally Posted by jaime_mac View Post
My boyfriends sister is allergic to everything. The best thing their parents did for her was rip out the carpet in their house and put down tile and she didn't let the dogs in her room. Keep clothes, toys, blankets, etc away from the dogs, put up, locked in a room so the hair can't get on it.

If you choose to keep the dogs, your son will probably have to be on allergy medicine 365 days a year, but for me it's worth it to keep my dogs.
This. I have three dogs...and have had allergies and asthma my entire life. I swear by a rainbow vacuum and we have very little carpet. The dogs are not allowed in the bedrooms. I take allergy medicine as well.

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Old 01-16-2013, 11:57 AM
Location: Canada
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For people with small children who do a lot of playing on the floor, if you own your home, rip up the carpets and put flooring.

If you use area rugs for the children to sit/play on, get rid of them.

A great alternative to area rugs: A lot of department stores, kitchen stores or carpeting stores now sell a soft "non-carpet" that is smooth plastic on the outside and has sponge inside and is skid-proof. You just wipe them off if something spills (or if you have dog hairs on it)
They are made for people to stand on at a kitchen sink, etc, if they have hard flooring.
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Old 01-16-2013, 12:45 PM
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Sounds as if you are looking for validation to give up the dogs and having a son with allergies is a great excuse. Why don't you find the best home for them you can find with the codicil that you will take them back should they not work out. Not being able to breathe properly is an awful way to live. In the same vein, giving up your dogs and not knowing where they will be is equally awful. Take control of the situation yourself, but I did like the comment to find another allergist. If someone told you to cut off your arm, I do believe a second opinion would be in order. This seems like a similar occurrence.
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Old 01-16-2013, 12:54 PM
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Old thread.

It depends on how committed the owner is. Those that want to make it work find work arounds, others well....check your local pound or CL.
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