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    Hi all! I know I don't post much... just been busy with getting married and moving into a new house, but I am on here every chance I get, to read and learn from other people's posts and experience.

    But I am a my wits end... Im allergic to my great dane, Deuce. I always knew I was allergic to dogs, but always had little non-shedding dogs. I would just sneeze, have a runny nose, itchy eyes and congestion.. nothing too serious...I decided to take a big risk getting Deuce... well, im miserable... its far worse than I thought... everytime he touches me, I break out in hives... and I am such a dog lover, that even me breaking out in a horrible itchy rash wont stop me from cuddling with such a big goofball...

    I was just wondering if any of you went/going through this? I know giving him a bath often, brushing daily, and not letting him on our bed will help... but is there anything else that will offer relief?? I have a doc appt scheduled to do a allergy test, so that I may start allergy shots daily... but even if that does work.. it takes about a year to be effective...

    I love him to death and would never think of giving him up, even if it means I'll be miserable.

    Ahh, the things we do for our dogs....
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    Daphne
    Roxie - ShihTzu/Bichon Mix, 3 years old
    Deuce - Great Dane, 9 months old

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    Have you ever considered getting shots from an allergist (also called immunotherapy I think)? My husband was the same way. He was allergic to most dogs and he went to see an allergist who gave him shots - at first once a week, and then eventually once every two weeks, once a month, etc. - and now he has no allergic reaction at all.

    Of course they warned us that it is not guaranteed, and just because he's not having symptoms today, it doesn't mean that he never will, but he finished the shots over 6 months ago and he's been good ever since. Plus it was covered by our insurance.
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    • #3
      I am allergic in the hives breaking out way to some of the dogs. Not all of them or not as severe I guess. I do a couple things, wash with soap after any contact, try to only do snuggling with longsleeves on and when petting try and just use my hands not lovey hugs and such. I also enlist the help of the husband and kids to give the ones I can't snuggle as much more attention. I have never consulted a doctor about it though so I don't know of other treatments, I just try and do the best I can and it seems to be ok.
      Meg
      AeroDanes

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      • #4
        I don't get the hives but I do have the sneezing and itchy if i don't wash my hands after petting. I would recommend seeing a DR. and maybe you could get the shots or a regular Rx for meds.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Brindle baby View Post
          I am allergic in the hives breaking out way to some of the dogs. Not all of them or not as severe I guess. I do a couple things, wash with soap after any contact, try to only do snuggling with longsleeves on and when petting try and just use my hands not lovey hugs and such. I also enlist the help of the husband and kids to give the ones I can't snuggle as much more attention. I have never consulted a doctor about it though so I don't know of other treatments, I just try and do the best I can and it seems to be ok.
          I am allergic to them... and this is exactly what happens to me. Hives, itchyness... splotches. I also do exactly the same to soothe the reactions after contact.

          I try to limit the cuddle time, but that's so hard! LOL! I do NOT let them lick me... I do NOT let them get near my neck... those are my most sensitive areas that will burn after contact. The hives on my arms are okay to deal with. In all honesty, I've just learned to DEAL with it and ignore it.

          I'm TERRIBLY allergic to cats... sneezy, itchy, puffy eyes, and alot of times my throat will close and I will have to go to the hospital for oxygen. If I were allergic to dogs the way I'm allergic to cats... my world would pretty much end hehe. I cant stand being sneezy and stuffy.
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          • #6
            We are not allergic to dogs, but cats are another story. We don't own cats. However, because of everyone having allergies and asthma, we decided early on not to let the dogs in our bedrooms. We change our furnace filter often, and I vacuum just about every day.
            Chris, Wife to Dave, and Mom three human teenagers.
            Also mom to Tori (11 yo Lab), , Ayla (2 yo brindle dane), Milo (2 yo boxer), Killian (4 week old iw pup who is still with his breeder and mommy) 3 kittens, 2 horses, multiple reptiles, 7 fainting goats, 25 chickens, and 2 pot bellied pigs, all of whom make life great!
            RIP CARLIE 2/09-2/11 & REILLY 10/4/08-11/20/12, best friends together forever now.

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            • #7
              I am not allergic to my dane, but I get hives from my boxers short pointy hair. I either take an allergy pill or rub some hydrocortisone cream on afterwards. No biggie.

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              • #8
                I have been to an Allergist Specialist and received the shots for a short period of time. They told me I was allergic to dust, mold, mildew, iodine, shellfish, horses, cat and dog dandruff. NOT THE CAT or DOG themselves. I was 28 yrs old at the time, I'm now #@, I told myself if I have gone this long with allergies what the heck. I have had dogs and cats all my life, I rather suffer to the the company, I have learned to dealt with it. When I go to dog shows, I will suffer a headache before the weekend is up, but it doesn't keep me from enjoying what I love best.
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                & Great Dane Club of the Mid-South

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                • #9
                  I am not allergic to dogs - thankfully

                  I am VERY allergic to horses and cats though. I've never been much of a cat person, but I work on a horse farm...go figure that would be my passion. When I was really little the doctors always told me that the only thing I could do was stop horseback riding and stay away from horses. I decided to go the route of constant exposure for the rest of my life instead It's worked a little bit, my allergies aren't nearly as bad as they were 5 years ago, but grooming a really dusty horse will still make me have sneezing attacks and sometimes break out on hives '

                  I got allergy shots for about a year, and they helped A LOT (it was supposed to be about three years before I could stop having the shots and still not have allergies). But unfortunately when I moved to VT I had to stop getting them, there are no hospitals nearby that offer them.
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by TroutRiver View Post
                    but grooming a really dusty horse will still make me have sneezing attacks and sometimes break out on hives '
                    Same here, just love those sneezing attacks, counted 34 at one time. My hubby didn't know what to think, so I leave the majority of the housecleaning to him THATS, one way to get out of it
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                    Macon Kennel Club
                    & Great Dane Club of the Mid-South

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                    • #11
                      My husband is allergic to Gibson. He will get a rash & itchy. It does help to bathe Gibson frequently. My husband also noticed he can't pet him right after taking a shower. We think it is because his pores are all opened up. He will get a worse rash if he does. He takes generic Zyrtec & it helps a lot. He did go to an allergist for other reasons. They just started him on the desensitizing injections 3 weeks ago. I'm hoping it helps him because there will always be a dog in our lives.
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                      RIP Gibson 9/06 - 8/11
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                      • #12
                        Wow, you guys are great. You could teach some of those people who give up their dogs because of allergies a thing or two.

                        I'm allergic to pretty much everything airborne, plus a couple other things. That includes dogs, cats, horses, etc. I have these air filter machines that (obviously) filter the air all day. You just plug it in and walk away. You have to occasionally clean out the filter, but that's it. As soon as I turn it on, if I've unplugged it for some reason, I react a lot less. So for those of you with allergies to the dust, pollen, and dander, I'd recommend getting an air filter. They really help.
                        Charlotte, Zack (Blue Harlequin GD), and Grey (Russian Blue mix Cat)

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Ward View Post
                          Wow, you guys are great. You could teach some of those people who give up their dogs because of allergies a thing or two.

                          I'm allergic to pretty much everything airborne, plus a couple other things. That includes dogs, cats, horses, etc. I have these air filter machines that (obviously) filter the air all day. You just plug it in and walk away. You have to occasionally clean out the filter, but that's it. As soon as I turn it on, if I've unplugged it for some reason, I react a lot less. So for those of you with allergies to the dust, pollen, and dander, I'd recommend getting an air filter. They really help.


                          The love I have for my dogs far outweighs any allergy i may end up with. I would do anything to keep my dogs.

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                          • #14
                            My ex was allergic to my dane. He could pet Harley with his hands and be fine. If he snuggled with him, his arms would break out in rash/hives. His solution- give up Harley..... My solution, I traded my boyfriend for another dane..
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                            • #15
                              Thank you all so much for your replies... I am glad to know that I am not alone in this situation... Most people tell me just to give Deuce up because of my reactions, but there is no way in hell that will ever happen. I have a doc appt coming up, and hopefully the shots will help...

                              But meanwhile, has anyone of you heard about a certain shampoo to use on your dogs that help with our allergies? Someone was trying to tell me about it, but I forgot the name of the shampoo... Anyone ever heard of this?
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                              Daphne
                              Roxie - ShihTzu/Bichon Mix, 3 years old
                              Deuce - Great Dane, 9 months old

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