As the title says my wife has asthma and allergies (including pet allergies). I am a huge animal person and I am finding it difficult to be without a pet. Her allergist is saying absolutely no on the animal. I feel that that is a tuff pill for me to swallow (no pun intended). What are people’s thoughts on getting a hypo-allergenic dog? Do you think she would be ok? Are there long term side effects for living in that situation? I am very perplexed.
There are no such breeds of dogs that are hypoallergenic but there are some dogs that your wife may not have a reaction to. Something I would do is choose a hairless dogs like the Chinese crested, Mexican hairless There are some dogs which don't shed much dander – Bichon Frise, Bedlington terrier, Basenji, Italian Greyhound, Poodles, Miniature Schnauzers, Soft coated Wheaten Terriers. I know there are more but can't think of any off the top of my head.
my son has/had asthma. he hasnt had an asthmatic attack in almost 2 years now. we have big hairy dogs and they never bothered his asthma. he doesnt have allergies to dogs or cats though cuase we have cats also.
try to narrow your search down to dogs who have hair vs fur then go and spend some time at a breeder of those dogs house with your wife and see how she reacts to them. that will help also.
plus there are many other types of animals you can get for a pet that isnt a dog or a cat. you may want to investigate one of these alternatives. pet ownership isnt strictly limited to dogs and cats.
I can honestly state that living with asthma and allergies with animals is a fun task. I am a sever asthmatic and i think my eyes swelling shut is the worse part of any of my allergies( which only happens with too many cats in 1 place). My daughter and my son both are also sever allergic asthmatics. We have dogs, a cat, ferrets, birds, hamster, fish, and I think a couple more can't remember lol. It does get a bit difficult at times with all the animals but we handle. i am not saying that your problems aren't as severe or maybe are extremely worse than ours, but allergies, asthma, and animals can coexist together under the same roof. I have found that some breeds affect me more than others. With cats, I haven't found a cat this year that hasn't irritated my eyes to the point they swell shut, even my lil kitten does so she has to stay away from mommy until I can find the right medication combination to prevent it. Basically, you will just have to check into multiple different breeds that you and your wife both enjoy and have her be around them for short time frames and go from there. So are more apt to irritate more than others. I have found that the short hair dogs irritte me more than onger haired ones, which my allergist told me it is because they don't have as much hair to stop the dander and long haired dogs tend to be groomed more often than the shorter haired ones so you might want to keep that im mind when picking out your poochy. Good Luck in your search. Oh and by the way, the dogs we have are an english bulldog, minature pincher, toy poodle, and a rott/pit mix. The kitten is just a mutt lol rescue kitty. Good Luck!
My Gram had severe allergies and emphyzemia so she wasn't allowed to have a dog. My Pop got her a toy poodle anyway, and she was great with him. He never bothered her one bit. The only thing is they have to get groomed and trimmed every few weeks, but if you don't mind doing that, I'd say a toy poodle or poodle is a good choice. My mother in law also has a toy poodle and her allergies don't bother from him either.
I would't suggest a rotti. Lol. I have one, had two, and she bothers my allergies immensely. She sheds a lot. But I love her so I deal with the meds. :)
We have a Bichon Frise/Westie mix and our friends who have problems with allergies do fine around him. Our neighbor who has asthma is fine around him also. He sheds very, very little. Try to find some breeders with different types of dogs and take your wife there to visit, I believe another post suggested this as well. Good luck!
Piker you could have a more wonderful dog than a poodle. They come in three sizes: toy (up to 10"), miniature (between 10" and 15") and standard, (over 15" but usually about 25"). They come in white, cream, apricot, red, brown, black, silver and even in parti-colors!
You will need a good groomer and take the dog to be groomed often.
My personal favorite is the Standard and I have had two. They tend to be clowns and they learn very quickly. If a poodle wants something, he or she will work away at the problem until it is solved. He or she will attempt to train you!
Other than the cost of grooming, the only problem I have ever seen with poodles is that people don't seem to anticipate how much they REALLY NEED their people. A poodle is an outside dog only to the extent that you are an outside person. Your poodle will hike with you, hunt with you, even canoe with you (with proper training, of course), but will never submit gracefully to being left out of whatever you are doing.
I have ashma and allergies, too and I live with animals. As for other pets, I, personally, am more allergic to birds, horses and reptiles than I am to dogs and cats. The only reptile that doesn't make be break out is a snake and you can't kiss a snake!
My daughter is very allergic and had asthma buther hubby is a huge dog lover...They now have a portugese water dog which looks llike a standard poodle...She has very little problem...I guess it s dependent on what size dog you want....
My neighbor had the same problem. They would go to the shelter every month looking for a dog he didn't react to. They finally found a poodle mix, named Beebe. He had he for a few years, never had an attack, was never allergic to her. She died unfortunatly and they haven't been able to find another ever since... even regular poodles he's been allergic to.
My DH, DD and myself all have asthma. Mine and DH's asthma is pretty severe. DH has severe allergies as well...to all tops of animals (cats, dogs, birds, hamsters)...but I'm like you..a HUGE animal lover.
We have had birds in the past. They create a lot of dander, but to keep down on bird dander, a good spray bottle works fine. I owned 2 cats when I met DH...those were his worst allergic moments to any of our animals, but after time, he learned to deal with it and his allergies also got used to it.
He's allergic to 2 of our dogs now. Anytime they get in his face, he sneezes, eyes itch..water, throat itches. He's on Claritin, Sudafed (prescription kind) and we are both on Advair for our asthma.
Our other dog...(toy poodle) he has not had one single problem with letting Yuki in his face. Yuki will even lick and roll on him and DH doesn't welt up at all. With our other dogs..even if they lick his arm, DH will have a welt on his arm. The shedding is terrible with our 2 older dogs..but I vacuum twice a day with a hepafilter vac and spray allergenic febreeze everywhere. It cuts down on a lot of the airborn allergens.
Our Toy poodle..doesn't shed (unless he is brushed, then hair comes on the brush), and so far, I haven't noticed any type of dander coming off of him, like I do with my other 2 dogs. He's smaller...so that could be another reason it doesn't effect DH as much.
DH still has allergies to them..especially if he leaves for a period of time and then comes back. For instance..he was deployed for 6 months and came back to huge allergy attacks. In a matter of 2 weeks, he was fine. He still has problems once in a while, but for the most part...he does well with his medication and then of course...me, being a clean freak too.