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anybody have any experiences with this?<br>
Are there some dogs that are not as bad for allergies than others? dh and dd's are getting their hearts set on an <b><i>english springer spaniel</i></b> right now.<br><br>
I have asthma badly with cats (though I love them<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">) and at times itch/sneeze with dogs--but reactions to dogs in general has not been as severe, but Im a little worried. scared to risk having a dog come into our lives, getting attached, etc. (I would be sad for us if it didnt work, but I couldn't BEAR to do that to a little baby puppy. wouldnt be able to forgive myself.)<br><br>
also, are there de-allergen soaps or something that I can wash a dog with--maybe on a more often that typical basis?<br><br>
thanks!
 

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Hi,<br><br>
So my husband is VERY allergic to cats and dogs...hmm, trees, pollution...you get the idea. When we met i had 4 cats and he had a dog (who he has had for 8 years at the time, 10+ years now)<br><br>
I MADE him go to an allergist, or at the time we met the relationship would go nowhere since i was not giving up my pets...EVER.<br><br>
The allergist recommended a number of things:<br>
- he put him on advare (i know i know a horrible drug, but he can BREATH all year now even in spring and fall too, he has not had an attack since on it!)<br>
-second he said to not let the pets into the bedroom, at all.<br>
-make sure that things are clean...good vacuuming ect...<br>
-he said to get an air purifier (we got a hepa filter, a kinda expensive one that we reasearched from an allergy perspective. we run it ALL the time, we now even have 2)<br><br>
these things really helped him, especially the air filter and the advare. In addition the longer he lives with these pets the more his body has become immune to <b>them specifically</b>. (when he goes to other peoples homes with pets he has a much harder time)<br><br>
hope this helps a little, or at least gives you some ideas.<br>
I would wonder if there is a suppliment of some kind that could be added to the dogs food that might cut down on the dander. maybe somone else might know in the pets forum?<br><br>
-L
 

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My aunt with asthma and (very) severe allergies got a labradoodle. I know it sounds ridiculous but she's the sweetest dog ever. She was fairly expensive and they had to travel quite far to get her since it has to be the specific breeding - I think she calls it F1 - I don't really know much about dog breeding - to be sure its really hypoallergenic. I don't think anyone could be allergic to this dog if my aunt isn't - maybe something like that would work for your family.<br><br>
They do sell anti-allergen shampoos in big pet stores, but honestly I don't think its fair to plan to douse an animal with chemicals on a regular basis.. plus you never know if they will work, or work long term for you.
 
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