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Based on <a href="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/showpost.php?p=3932046&postcount=12" target="_blank">this post</a> I am now wondering.<br><br>
I showed it to dh, and he immediately suggested that we ship our dog to his mother in Florida.<br><br>
Do I really need to do this? My ds is definately on the "atopic march" towards asthma. He still nurses often (whenever he wants, too), and I keep hoping that this will keep him from developing asthma, which runs in my family.<br><br>
I love my dog!<br>
I love my ds!<br>
I wouldn't want the dog to cause ds more illness <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br>
But the dog would miss us and we him ....
 

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From what I understand, allergies only cause asthma when left untreated. Have you tried hepa filters in your child's room? Do you wash the sheets often and keep the dog away from the room? Do you change furnace filters often? What about giving your dog a bath with dander reducing shampoo?<br><br>
My DS has a cat allergy, and we've done many of the above measures (except the bath, the cats get a damp washcloth instead). We also use Nasalcrom nasal spray. I know it's not a natural treatment, but it works great (after a few weeks of use), and it's way safer than antihistimines and has no side-effects.<br><br>
So, what I'm saying is you don't necessarily have to get rid of your dog. Try these things to see if they help. Also, does he have symptoms when in a dog free environment? Sometimes those tests can be wrong.
 

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I would take him to a doctor and prove that he has an actual dog allergy first!!!! Besides, there studies that say that having pets in the home builds up your baby's resistance to allergies and asthma.
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dog2.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dog">: sleeps in our family bed with dh, me and ds.<br><br>
I haven't done all the allergy stuff yet, like get the pillowcases etc.<br>
But last night I told dh that we couldn't just ship the dog off to his mom's yet.<br>
We should try other things first, like what you both suggested here.
 

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I would wonder about your little one missing the pooch.<br><br>
I was diagnosed with a whole lot of allergies and constantly got sick when I was little and I was always being told I couldn't do things or have things because I was "allergic". Some of that was overwhelming to me and it turned out that even though I tested allergic to a whole bunch of animals, I got healthier when I went to live on a dairy farm in Vermont (with a whole lot of animals and hay and wood fires -- all supposed allergens for me) instead of super-polluted Bethesda, MD. (This was in the late '60's when various rivers spontaneously burst into flames from the dumping --- thank heavens for environmental legislation!)<br><br>
Just food for thought. Your dog is really healthy, too, and doesn't create a lot of dander.
 

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Mice ARE a bigtime allergen, so I definitely agree w/ the PP who said to have him tested first, if possible. Get the mouse problem fixed and see if that helps him. If there's no improvement, then it's time to get rid of the dog.<br><br>
We got rid of our cat in May. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug">
 

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Can you relocate your dog to a friends house just for a few weeks for a trial period to see if there's a relationship?<br><br>
That to me seems like a good thing to check for piece of mind. It may not be the cause at all!<br><br>
XOXO<br>
beth
 
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