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Old 10.04.2011, 20:07
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Re: Developing an allergy to my dog

This happened to my father... they had dogs for yrs, then when the last one died (about 5 yrs ago) they did not get a nother one. 3 yrs ago we got our dog and the first times they came to stay, he was always developeing cold like symptoms, cough etc. We first thought it was something in the air as he tends to get hayfever and is also alergic to horse dust.

After a few times of this happening he went to the doc who diagnosed a dog allergy.

So it popped up all of a sudden at 62... very weird

I would however second others in trying to understand whether it is really dog allergy.

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Old 10.04.2011, 20:19
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Re: Developing an allergy to my dog

Thanks for all your replies, thinking maybe you are all right and maybe it's hayfever even though I have never suffered with it. I have permanent runny nose, sneezing often and itchy eyes but they haven't itched enough to be red raw and swollen yet as they do when i am around cats and horses

If it is a dog allergy i will have to find a way around it as I wont be getting rid of my pooch
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Thanks for all your replies, thinking maybe you are all right and maybe it's hayfever even though I have never suffered with it. I have permanent runny nose, sneezing often and itchy eyes but they haven't itched enough to be red raw and swollen yet as they do when i am around cats and horses

If it is a dog allergy i will have to find a way around it as I wont be getting rid of my pooch
Excuse me, but that is the most stupid thing I read in weeks.
Do you want this to develop into asthma? Ruin your bronchia?
There is no way around an allergy other than avoiding contact with the allergen. Desensitization might work to a certain degree, but it's not guaranteed. Or pump yourself full of anti-histamine for the rest of the dog's life
See a specialist to confirm it's the dog or what else you might be allergic to. Even if it's just pollen, it might need treatment nevertheless (for the above reasons).

And, for the record, as a kid I cried for hours when my uncle shot the dog I loved so much (apparently she had cancer and was very old - we're talking about a farm-dog in the early eighties, later on, the vet with sodium pentobarbital was called...).
So, I think I know how you feel about your dog.
But I've got allergies myself, and while it's not something that has to be treated in all cases, it needs to be looked at nevertheless, by a specialist.
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Old 10.04.2011, 22:55
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Re: Developing an allergy to my dog

Whoa calm it! Have I stated I will not get it checked out? For the moment this has been about 4/5 days might be hayfever might be dog. I will see how things go in a few days when the pollen reduces

In the meantime quit with the hysteria, you obviously don't read this forum much if this is the most stupid thing you have read in weeks
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And, for the record, as a kid I cried for hours when my uncle shot the dog I loved so much (apparently she had cancer and was very old - we're talking about a farm-dog in the early eighties, later on, the vet with sodium pentobarbital was called...).
So, I think I know how you feel about your dog.
But I've got allergies myself, and while it's not something that has to be treated in all cases, it needs to be looked at nevertheless, by a specialist.
And there was me feeling a bit off-colour for suggesting she vacuums the dog.
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Yes I do!

And she loves it. Ok, not much of the process, she tolerates it. But the after process, it drives her crazy! She loves to be short hair and feel the patting. She also have bad hair problems on her back and it gets rid of it.
Ooooh ...how funny (haha funny!).. You SHAVE your cat....?...and you know she loves it....? How do you know that?
Do you use a hand razor? or an electric razor?

I once gave my sister`s cat a trim with a scissors, snipped circles into its tail (you should try that, it`s really funny looking!) .. then I did a sort-of Poodle design all over it`s body. Cat loved the scissor work, grooved. But afterwards, with everyone laughing at it (him/her, can`t remember) .... it got a very embarassed expression and avoided contact with us humans for a long time. The "design" never altogether went away for many years.

I always laugh when recalling the expression on a friends Persian cat`s face after she tried bathing it to get the burs out of its matted hair and then could not get the animal dry so ended up at the Cat Parlour. The cat had to be trimmed (around all the burs and knots) and came home with a SQUARE head, and half naked body. Everyone who saw it burst out laughing and collapsing on the floor in tears, and the cat never recovered.
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Re: Developing an allergy to my dog

Just another point. I developed a cat allergy sometime towards the end of my child hood cats life or just after. I avoided cats for many years after. My landlady then got a cat (she lived downstairs) her cat would often end up in our apartment and I'd let him in but keep a wide berth but I then started noticing that I could spend more and more time with this cat. I ended up adopting the cat when my landlady moved to another country and had 2 years with him before he was killed. For the first week or so I got eye drops when my eyes got a little itchy but after a few weeks I no longer needed the drops

I am glad to report I don't have asthma or any other illnesses but I assume the above post might now be the second most stupid thing said on this forum
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Re: Developing an allergy to my dog

My cat developed a little bit of a weight problem (because when I first had her she was malnourished so they told me to feed her well... and I did ). She had difficulty reaching certain areas of her back, and her fur became matted... so the vet had to shave her...
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Ooooh ...how funny (haha funny!).. You SHAVE your cat....?...and you know she loves it....? How do you know that?
Do you use a hand razor? or an electric razor?
I began to shave (electric) her 10 years ago when one summer she began to have epilepsy. It was very bad and scary. The vet put her on Barbiturics. That was aweful, she was so stone she would fall asleep while eating, she felt down the window side, behind the couch and broke her nose. I couldn't let her like this, it wasn't a life and it was only one month of meds....

So I went to an other vet and told him that I was going to stop to give her the meds. He told me that she could have had those crises because the summer was very hot and she probably didn't drink enough. He suggested to shave her to cool her and see what was going to happen. Under his supervision I gradually reduce her meds until none and she never had crises again...

So since that day, she has been shave on a regular basis and in 10 years, she never been sick again.

How do I know she loves it? Because she doesn't try to peel my skin off, because she stays still and wait until I finish and because she is absolutely going nuts when she is shave for affection. I would never have done that to the other cat I had because I wouldn't have survive the experience and because she would have hated it no limit!

Nicky, you could have developed allergy after the pregnancy. I know that I did. I never had allergies to medications and I began to have one to cephalosporine. I also have now a very sensitive skin and I also have Hashimoto thyroidism which wasn't diagnose before the pregnancy (nothing was showing).

Some women develop a form or an other of autoimmune disorder after a pregnancy.
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Re: Developing an allergy to my dog

Hello!

Yes my hubby developed a really nasty reaction to our pet dog and ended up in hospital for 2 nights. His nose and eyes swelled up and the doctor was really concerned the poision was travelling to his brain!! Awful situ to be in. My Dad took our dog, Sam and he still lives with him. We still get to see him but none of the nasty reactions!! My hubby had lots of pets when he was younger but only developed this when he was in his late twenties!! Its not fun, have you tried eye drops and anti allergy tablets?? Good luck.
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Re: Developing an allergy to my dog

Nicky,
If you are already allergic to horses then it is likely it is indeed your dog as apparently dogs, horses and cows belong to the same allergens group

Hope it goes well at docs and that you find strategies to cope!

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