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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 02-28-2007, 10:12 AM Thread Starter
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Allergies?

I'm just curious if any of you, like me, were first attracted to Havanese because of their being "hypo-allergenic" Having life long allergies to all animals (even poodles) I am amazed daily that I now spend my life with two fluff-balls with really very little reaction.

I am a bit allergic to them as puppies- there is so much pee around and that is a key allergen ( I think I am also allergic to the stain and odor removers too.)

But- I know no animal is truly allergen free-- but I am so allergic that when I get tested- I am off the charts-- and these guys don't bother me.

Anyone else with allergy stories?




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Missy, I am also allergic to dogs and cats. I find my allergies have always been amplified when I have bathed and groomed my dogs in the past. With Oreo, although I still ave allergy symptoms, my allergies are not as severe with him. I was practically asthmatic with my dogs growing up. In my case now, my allergies are managable and I can live with them now
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I have no allergies (knock on wood), but I chose Poodles and then Havanese because they don't shed, don't drool and don't smell when they are wet. Now if I could only get my Persians to stop shedding.

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Yes, my allergies are a reason why I chose to get a Havanese, the fact that they don't shed and are very playful dogs (I still love to play!) and I do want a full time companion

I am deathly allergic to cats and moderately allergic to dogs! I won't even go to a few of my friend's houses that have cats because I can't breathe for days after I visit her.

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I was attracted to them too for shedding very little and being good for people with allergies. I don't have allergies to dogs but my niece does and I wanted her to be comfortable when she is around. Plus, my sister says Houston is the test dog. If my niece can handle being around him, maybe they will get a Hav too.
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Julia wrote: "I have no allergies (knock on wood), but I chose Poodles and then Havanese because they don't shed, don't drool and don't smell when they are wet. Now if I could only get my Persians to stop shedding. "

*** Yup, those were some of my considerations too, when looking for the best breed for us. I love the playfulness and various personalities of the Havanese, their size and weight and the wide variety of colorings.

I have had some reaction to certain dogs, but I have no idea just which ones, nor for how long I could react. I can visit one friend who has a Burm. Mtn. and a Lab and have absolutely no reaction. I visit my mom with her Pekingese and sometimes I'm o.k., other times I'm not. The last thing I want is to get attached to our pet only to have to give him away due to allergies!! No way I could think of doing that so.....

The only thing I was concerned about getting a Hav. was the description of them as "velcro dogs" as I was a little worried I'd be tied down at home and never able to leave for more than an hour! That hasn't been the case at all though. Ricky stays in his crate when we're gone on w/e outings and almost every time we come back home, he's waking up with a stretch and seems just fine. We've never left him for more than 4 hrs. though just because I think more than that isn't good. I'm the one who worries the whole time we're out! lol




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I'm happy to report that two Hav's have not put my allergies into overdrive. In fact I really don't react at all. And I have allergies! I have a 1/2 hour limit at friends houses with cats, and a little longer with dogs.

For those of you with allergies, I have found that using "simple solution allergy relief from pets wipes" once a week really helps me. The best price I found is from amazon.




You just wipe the dog down (kind of lik a sponge bath) it also freshens them up between groomings. I only have to bath Jas once a month to every 6 weeks. (unless of course he rolls in something)

enjoy your allergen free babies---

Marj: what does your new pup to be look like?




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I do have allergies to dogs and cats, but am pretty stable around my own. Just have to wash hands and not touch eyes if I pet the cats. However, if I am around other peoples dogs, other than non-allergenic types, I do get itchy eyes and a runny nose, even with my daughter's dogs.

But not my Havs
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Missy thanks for that suggestion. I think I will get the wipes. Last night, Oreo had an accident in his crate. He said nothing the whole time until right before. He whimpered, I immediately got up to find him soaked in his urine. Poor guy was trying to clean his crate. It was 3:20 am, and I just took the entire crate, put it in the tub. Rinsed the bottom of the crate, and then bathed Oreo. What I found interesting is that my allegies flared up BIG TIME! I had a cough that sounded like croup! I think I am allergic to his urine. That was the most urine I had to deal with at once. All over the bottom of his crate and all over him! I took claritin and has taken some of the edge off, but that reaction was insane. I also started to think and remember when exactly my allergies were the most intense since we got Oreo - and I figured it was when we had the pads in the house. Now, he goes outside exclusively and his pad/padholder are on our balcony. Since then, I have found my allergies to have really gone away.... Until, this recent accident early this morning. I guess the good thing is knowing what it is that triggers my reactions
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Wow - it never occured to me one could be allergic to the urine. I'm sorry you had such a bad reaction! True, it is good to at least know now.
Poor little Oreo .... guess his tiny bladder just couldn't hold it in anymore.




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