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Old 05-15-2009, 01:06 PM
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Okay I don't know for sure but I think I might be allergic to my dog. I've been having an allergic reaction on and off over the last few weeks and been treating it....but now its back again. It seems to be a contact allergy.

Well my dog has been shedding more in the last 4 weeks than she ever has and she is a very loving dog so she is always in my lap or laying next to me.

Her fur is everywhere and I am vacuming a couple times a day. Tonight my husband is going to by one of those deshedding brushes.....whats it called...I think its the furminator.

Anyways is there anything else you can suggest we do to help with this?

I want to rule her out as whats bothering me.

I'm also going to go to the doc again and get this under control and then I'm going to set up an allergy test.

It seems like the older I get the more things I become allergic to.

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Old 05-15-2009, 01:16 PM
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Allergy shots are lifesavers. My mom was so allergic to cats that if she went in a house that had one, she couldn't breathe. Now, she still can't pick up cats, but they can be around her without too much trouble.

Furminators are great. We gave one to my in-laws for christmas for their lab, and my MIL says she went from vacuumig 3x a week to once a week (brushing him twice a week).

Not sure what you're feeding, but people on here seem have had experiences with higher quality food helping to reduce shedding.

As a last resort--we used to vacuum my lab mix! We'd put the soft brush on the end, and suck it directly off him Hehehe.
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Old 05-15-2009, 01:21 PM
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Well all I know is its a contact allergy and I didn't want to acknowledge it could be her. She only sheds during the month of may but this is a bad year for shedding (I mean she sheds a little year round but its never bothered me)

I'm hoping its not her at all. Allergy shots never worked for me though I'm going to talk to the doc about it. I was on them as a child....I was allergic to grass, pollen, ragweed, cats, mushrooms, shellfish

As a teenager I developed allergies to Peanuts, and now I have to have hypoallergenic laundry detergent.

I'm also allergic to most medicines.

I've never been allergic to dogs

So I pray I'm not allergic to her.

By the way this is her forever home so even if it turns out I'm allergic to her she stays. I mean its not like this is a year round thing.


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(its the best thing for my one dogs tummy)
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Old 05-15-2009, 02:07 PM
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Have you changed any shampoos, products you've put on her, anything in the environment lately? Have your neighbors used anything new, etc. I think I'd assume something like that before I'd suspect a dog allergy popping up all of a sudden
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I have a contact allergy to my dogs. If I bathe them fairly frequently it is not a problem. I am actually allergic to canine saliva, which builds up on their coats between baths. They make me break out in hives.
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Old 05-15-2009, 02:25 PM
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Have you changed any shampoos, products you've put on her, anything in the environment lately? Have your neighbors used anything new, etc. I think I'd assume something like that before I'd suspect a dog allergy popping up all of a sudden
Nothing new except for the massive about of fur coming off her. Her coat got real thick over the winter.

I don't know if our neighbors are doing anyting different (I hate my neighbors we live in an apartment)
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Old 05-15-2009, 02:25 PM
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I have a contact allergy to my dogs. If I bathe them fairly frequently it is not a problem. I am actually allergic to canine saliva, which builds up on their coats between baths. They make me break out in hives.


I woke up last night covered in hives and that is the kind of reaction I keep having is just hives but its annoying
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I once thought I was allergic to Doerak. Then I stuck my nose in his fur and ... nothing. It was just seasonal allergies.
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I once thought I was allergic to Doerak. Then I stuck my nose in his fur and ... nothing. It was just seasonal allergies.
Seasonal allergies are different than contact allergies. Contact allergies tend to cause skin irritation where seasonal is normally sneezing, runny nose, watery eyes.

This is breaking out in hives.

I just hope its not her

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Old 05-15-2009, 03:29 PM
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I'm allergic to pretty much everything. I'm allergic to everything the dogs lay in, walk in, or pretty much touch. I have to bathe mine once per week, and vacuum, mop and dust everyday. If they have been out rolling in the grass I wipe them of with a damp cloth or rinse them off with the water hose.

If your breaking out in hives, it may not be the dogs. You might consider a food allergy. I'm allergic to soy, not only did I have hives, but also ended up in the hospital eventually from it. The allergist was the only one who found out what was wrong with me.

I had one doctor tell me I itched because I scratched...it was psychological. He was a real jerk.

You really should see an allergy specialist.
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