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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 05-15-2011, 09:30 PM Thread Starter
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Weird allergies

Hi.

This is my first post.

I am thinking about getting a havanese for me and my family and have gone to meet a few pups. I am interested in the breed because they seem like great family dogs and because they are low-shedding, low allergen.

But, here is my question. After meeting some of the puppies, I became itchy (a mild allergic reaction.) I have a crazy theory that this might be gender related but was wondering if you've ever heard of that or if it might be something else.

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Hi and Welcome!!..I'm not sure I understand the question.
Do you mean you got itchy when you touched only male puppies???..or maybe you got itchy when you touched only the female puppies??? Is that what you meant by gender related?? gosh I don't know..i suppose anything is possible! LOL

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That's exactly what I mean.

I got itchy only from the male puppies/dogs. Is that my imagination or could there be some kind of difference in the dogs?

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I think anything is possible when it comes to allergies! However, I think it's MORE likely that you would be more or less allergic to a SPECIFIC dog or puppy's coat. The other thing to keep in mind if you have significant allergy issues is that the difference between puppy coats and adult coats is significant. Some people can tolerate an adult dog's coat, but not a puppy. (this is true with me with kittens vs. cats)

Another consideration is whether the puppies were recently bathed, and in what. The only time I had big allergy problems around Kodi was when I used a shampoo I was allergic to!

Unfortunately, there are SO many variables when it comes to allergies. It sounds like you are already doing this, but you are wise to take it slow and make sure you really CAN tolerate the puppy or dog you choose.


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I have both dog and cat allergies. I also purchased a Hav because of allergy considerations. I have had allergic reactions to my Eli and on one occasion needed to seek medical help to get them under control. I take many precautions like bathing him weekly, keeping the house emaculate, keeping him out of my bedroom, using a HEPA filter, taking medication, etc... I would say that if you had an allergic reaction, boy or girl dog, it's likely you have a sensitivity which will NOT go away. So, should you get a Hav be prepared that it's something you'll need to deal with.

In a house with many hypoallergenic dogs (doesn't matter what gender) the environment is full of dander and saliva (the allergy triggers). I don't think there's a way to isolate whether the allergy was from female or male since it's all over the place no matter how clean the house is. That may be why you reacted so quickly, even if the reaction was mild. You might find after taking your puppy home that you're ok but the allergens do build up in your house over time.

Not trying to talk you out of anything. I'm simply being truthful because the worst thing you can do is to get rid of your dog after you get them because of allergies. Good luck with your decision.

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