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Is it possible to suddenly become allergic to your dog?
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Old 20-08-2007, 8:08 PM
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WE bought a puppy 6 months ago when he was 12 weeks old. Within the last month or so I have suddenly become very wheezy every evening, for some reason not during the day time. Its got to the point where I cant sleep because of it. We went to Spain a couple of weeks ago and I didnt get this there, so I'm wondering if I can become allergic to a dog as it gets older or if there is something else in our house I must be allergic to?
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Old 20-08-2007, 9:22 PM
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Dont know about suddenly becoming allergic to a pet, but perhaps your dog is bringing something in on his/her coat while your out walking that your allergic to? If hes anything like our dogs , he'll be running through bushes and getting allsorts on his coat. I know I can sometimes get a rash from one of my cats in the spring when hes just came home.
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Old 20-08-2007, 10:35 PM
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I think you can suddenly become allergic to anything. I grew up with cats, but then became allergic to them, but less so know thankfully.

Maybe you could get an allergy test done to determine exactly what your allergic to in case it isn't your dog.
It might be worth speaking to your doctor.
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Old 20-08-2007, 10:53 PM
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I think I will have to, I have just taken piriton in the hope that I will be able to sleep better tonight. I suppose if I can manage with an inhaler that would be ok as I have no other symptoms.
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Old 21-08-2007, 8:16 AM
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I became allergic to most cats at around 16 after having them all my life with no problems so I guess its possible. I find that using a squish of Fixonase and Zitek (or any cetirizine hydrochloride) generic tablet keeps my allergies in check.
I have lived for 13 years with these allergies while still having numerous cats, birds, rats etc so it is possible to combine both. OH would prefer me to not just 'cope' and get rid of the pets to be sneeze-free but I can't do it
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Old 21-08-2007, 2:26 PM
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You are probably allergic to the pet's dander (microscopic skin scales, like dandruff). The allergy commonly develops amongst people who work with animals and can develop at any time. If you find that your flare-ups occur regularly, say every 2-4 weeks, then the dander is a likely source since the skin is shed in cycles.

If the animal is the source of the allergy, the only true relief you'll have is by giving the pet away. Sorry.

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If the animal is the source of the allergy, the only true relief you'll have is by giving the pet away. Sorry.

Aurans.

That's like saying, the only true relief you'll have is by committing suicide. Sorry!!

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Old 21-08-2007, 2:36 PM
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I have a severe allergy to my cat, however there is no chance I am getting rid of him (he's my little superstar!).

To control/ relieve my allergy I use:

An ioniser in my bedroom and lounge
Neoclarityn antihistamines
Sodium cromoglicate eye drops
Cromogen inhaler
Beconase nasal spray

I also have a course of steroids every few months!

All well worth it! x
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You are probably allergic to the pet's dander (microscopic skin scales, like dandruff). The allergy commonly develops amongst people who work with animals and can develop at any time. If you find that your flare-ups occur regularly, say every 2-4 weeks, then the dander is a likely source since the skin is shed in cycles.

If the animal is the source of the allergy, the only true relief you'll have is by giving the pet away. Sorry.

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It's occuring every night, last night I hardly slept again because of the wheezing. I did a bit of searching on the internet and I believe it is allergy induced asthma. I am allergic to cats and only one other dog that I know of, have lived with a different dog for 14 years until he died and we got the puppy.

I'm going to make an appointment tomorrow for the doctor, I think I need an inhaler. Took piriton last night, but it had no effect.
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If the doctor recommends the Cromogen inhaler (designed especially for allergy induced inhaler), make sure you get a spare one (or two). They seem to block so easily!
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Old 23-08-2007, 8:22 AM
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Doctor thinks it could be either be Bronchitis or allergy related asthma and gave me a ventolin inhaler. Last night was the best nights sleep in a while and I didnt have to sleep propped up on the sofa!
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Doctor thinks it could be either be Bronchitis or allergy related asthma and gave me a ventolin inhaler. Last night was the best nights sleep in a while and I didnt have to sleep propped up on the sofa!
It's good you seem to have got it sorted so soon, it must be a relief.

Glad you won't have to get rid of your dog or commit suicide. :rolleyes:
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Old 24-08-2007, 4:47 PM
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WE bought a puppy 6 months ago when he was 12 weeks old. Within the last month or so I have suddenly become very wheezy every evening, for some reason not during the day time. Its got to the point where I cant sleep because of it. We went to Spain a couple of weeks ago and I didnt get this there, so I'm wondering if I can become allergic to a dog as it gets older or if there is something else in our house I must be allergic to?
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It's Tiff here - we meet again!

I started developing allergies about 5 years ago and having been a cat lover all my life and also having a dog, I was amazed to find out that you can suddenly become allergic to something. And I had to rehome mine as it triggered asthma.
In fact, you generally become allergic to the things you use a lot - you just lose your tolerance for some reason.:confused: I wonder if it's possible to regain a tolerance?

Anyhoo, the hospital can do a skin patch test and you'll know within minutes if your skin reacts to something, that you're allergic. It's like little rows of sunbstances - a whole range of things that we come into contact with. It's a reaction if you start to itch or if your skin looks a little red. Ask your gp to refer you to the hospital hun.

It is kind of strange that you're only reacting in the evening - but maybe not if you go to work. The only other suggestion I have tiff, is that maybe it's your OH you're allergic to - after all, you probably only see him in the evening!
As it's making you wheeze sweetheart, I wouldn't wait and see - the test is available on the NHS and as I said, you'll be told straight away so you won't be waiting weeks for the results.
Take care hun.
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Old 24-08-2007, 4:54 PM
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Thanks Tiff, (keep getting pm's meant for you btw!) I will go back if this carries on, it does seem to have eased a bit but I am still wheezy. I only use the inhaler at night so that I can sleep. I'm at home all day but the dog (puppy) does bounce around a lot in the evening as he wants us to play so that may be it but because it has eased a bit I'm wondering if it is bronchitis after all.

Anyways, will go back to the doctor if it goes on, he said after 3 or 4 weeks.
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Thanks Tiff, (keep getting pm's meant for you btw!) I will go back if this carries on, it does seem to have eased a bit but I am still wheezy. I only use the inhaler at night so that I can sleep. I'm at home all day but the dog (puppy) does bounce around a lot in the evening as he wants us to play so that may be it but because it has eased a bit I'm wondering if it is bronchitis after all.

Anyways, will go back to the doctor if it goes on, he said after 3 or 4 weeks.
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I hope you feel better sweetheart.
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Must be something in the air hun - probably just a phase I'm going through! Do you still get phases at 42?
Anyway, sorry for the inconvenience tiff. Good to hear you're still around hun. Till next time tiff - take care.
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Old 25-08-2007, 12:03 AM
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The damp summer has made my asthma worse, could be extra spores in the air. You can get special shampoos too, they help with fur allergies. If you are ever in the position to get another pet there are breeds which are Known to be good for allergic people. Poodles are good and Siberian forest cats are supposedly good. I'm fine with my poodle but went to see a Siberian Forest cat in Darlington and was still allergic. Breeder said plenty weren't though.
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I looked into dogs and allergies before we got a puppy. He is a cross between a shih tzu and a lhasa apso but its only the last few days that Ive found the shih tzu is a breed that produces a high amount of dander. You cant win lol
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I have no idea if it works or not, but isn't there something you can wipe over a pet's coat to reduce the allergic reaction to humans?
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My OH is allergic to the dog's Frontline spot on flea treatment. When i put it on the dogs he has to stay away from them & not touch them at all.
Just a long shot incase you had used any flea sprays/spot ons on your dog before you got ill?
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