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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 09-29-2017, 11:00 AM Thread Starter
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Allergic to new puppy?!

Hello all! It's been a while since I was active on the forum. My first Hav, Lily, is doing great and we decided to add another pup to the family! We found the most adorable, mischievous, darling little pup and have been calling him Auggie. He's ten weeks and has been home with us for a week now. We are in love with him.

I have allergies and immune issues but have never had a problem with our Hav or any others or even any of the other "hypoallergenic" breeds. The first day we had puppy home I noticed I had rashing on my arms and a couple hives where he had licked me. I emailed the breeder and asked if she had any other pup families who have had problems with this and she said she had issues with one of her girls but when she got older it was fine.

We've been keeping him off the bed and furniture, I wash my hands every time I handle him, change clothes and shower frequently, have washed him, have HEPA vac and major air filtration in the home and it seems like it is still bad despite our efforts. I have itchy eyes and a face, neck and arm rash constantly even taking allergy meds.

We'd really like to make this work as he is so wonderful. I am just totally perplexed why I would react to this dog. Seems so odd I would be allergic to one dog and not another of the same breed. Anyone have any experience with this or advice? ?
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Some breeds MAY be better for you, but it comes down to the individual dog . Enjoy Life with Pets Even if You Have Pet Allergies and.............. http://www.aafa.org/page/pet-dog-cat-allergies.aspx

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Thanks Dave, I have seen those resources.
We are following the majority of those recommendations. It's pretty tough to make a havanese live mostly quarantined from its owner. I'm looking for folks who have had experience being initially allergic to a pet and if it got better/worse over time or those who have experienced or know someone who has experienced allergies from a havanese or other "hypoallergenic" breed.

I was able to find a study done on cats that demonstrated male cats had more of the allergenic protein in dander than females and after neutering those numbers decreased significantly. Obviously the study was not done on dogs but it might be in line with the breeders experience of not having issues with one of her dogs as it aged.

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He is a beautiful puppy. I hope you can find a solution to your allergy issue so you don't have to give him up.
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What a handsome little boy! I hope you can find an answer quickly to this, before either of you get too attached and settled in more than has already happened.

How very difficult!
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I am a neophyte when it comes to pet allergies, but I had a thought you might consider. You've only had Auggie a week. He could have brought something from his old home in his fur, or saliva, such as other animals he was exposed to (a cat?) or some shampoo, a dog brush with cat or other dog dander, or something from the vet, or any place he may have visited before settling in with you. Were you given a toy or piece of clothing or bedding that was in his prior home? Puppies lick and try to eat anything that crosses their paths. Has he been outside since you got him? I would try and think of anything he could have come in contact with. Good luck. He is adorable.
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Thanks everyone for the kind replies!
-We washed him last week with our current dog's hypoallergenic unscented shampoo in case that was the culprit. We will wash him again tonight and see!
-He's been outside in the back and front yard (not anywhere other dogs except ours have been) and so has our other dog, but no issues with her.
-only thing I can think right now is that I noticed his current food ingredients include aspergillus niger in it, a type of black mold. I am super allergic to mold so maybe this is contributing. I'm slowly switching him over to Taste of the Wild, which our other dog is on and doesn't seem to have any funghis that I react to. I might really be grasping at straws here but I'd really like to make it work. It does seem like his fur may be contributing as after I hold him that area gets itchy with a small rash and slight burning feeling.

He's honestly the best puppy! He's quiet through the night now in his ex-pen, is doing so well potty training and almost has "Sit" down pat! I am just over the moon with him which makes this really tough.
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That's a GREAT photo! Hoping you resolve the allergy issue.

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Oh my gosh, he is so cute. I certainly hope you find and eliminate the problem.


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He is adorable! I hope you are able to figure out the issue that is making your allergies flare.
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