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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 05-13-2007, 11:07 PM Thread Starter
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Question Allergies!!!!

Ok, today I went to Mango's breeders house for a vist! She had 10 Hav's.. acouple seniors..some adults and a few pups... (no mango though, as he is in Florida with her co-breeder)

So, for about an hour and a half I had 10 dogs scratching my legs, licking fingers/hands.. all over.. inside her house.

I did not show any signs of alergies while with the dogs... but on my way home I broke out with hives on my neck! Not a crazy break out, but enough...
Does anyone here ever have such a odd reaction? I mean, I didnt even get any alergic reaction on my legs which were scratched to peices! but why my neck???????

Also, one of my eyes got a bit irratated after I put my finger in it...

So this is my experience from being with 10 rowdy havs...

So, if I have just one, it should be better than this, right?

I have pretty severe allergies to all cats and some dogs... but this is the best i've ever been for sure... and I've never been in a home with 10 dogs jumping on

One more side comment --- the house did not smell of 'dog smell' at all... wow, now I'm a beliver!
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Have you checked with the breeder to make sure they didn't have any cats you didn't see? i'm sure it's possible to be allergic to havs. My daughter has allergies and has tested positive for dog allergies (and has allergy symptoms around some dogs), but is not bothered by Dusty. As far as the hives on the neck, I'd believe just about anything as far as allergic reactions go, but if you have a lot of allergies, it could be caused by anything. If you can, try exposing yourself to havanese a few more times just to be sure you're okay. That's maybe easier said than done, but if you can, it's better safe than sorry.
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I don't know all the particulars of the situation, but is there a chance that the dogs were playing outside and were carrying pollen that you aren't used to being exposed to at home? Possibly with 10 dogs, they aren't bathed as often as you will bath at home? Also possible they might have a cat or other pet you didn't see.
It certainly isn't impossible, but it seems to me that even within the breed, each individual dog varies with it's ability to cause allergy reactions.
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I wouldn't think it was the dogs, simply because of where you got a reaction. I would think it was caused by something else. It's possible that it could have been from another dog or cat that visited them. Or maybe the quantity of dogs had something to do with it. So, when you get MHS, you will have to keep your addiction under 10. Allergies are so fickle

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It could have been any number of things, from pollen being brought in, some cleaner that she may have used or perhaps like others said, a cat somewhere. My husband breaks out in hives now and then in the spring and for several years we have not been able to isolate what's causing it. It definitely isn't our dogs though.

If it is the dogs, it may be because you were around a bunch of them all at one time whereas with your own, you would be with just one. They are not really non-allergenic. I know someone who is allergic to her Hav but has figured out how to deal with it since returning him was NOT an option once she and her family fell in love.

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Hi Freeway: I am the queen of allergies, I am allergic to everything!!!!!! cats, dogs, pollen, foods, chlorine....My patch tests went over the line into the next allergen. But, I am NOT all that allergic to my two Havs I was worse when they were young puppies. Were you playing with puppies?

The major allergens with dogs and cats are the urine and the saliva, they have stronger proteins then the fur or dander.

In a breeder situation, dogs may have more of both urine and saliva on them especially puppies who are always mouthing each other. I feel that the urine is why I am worse with puppies --pee everywhere.

You should see if you could borrow a Hav in your own home--- that is what I did. If you go ahead and get one (which I think you should) be prepared to bath or at least wipe them down often. I am more religious about taking my allergy medication, I would need to take it even with out the boys -- but sometimes before I would forget-- But I loved having a dog so much we now have two, and again I was worse with the new puppy but I'm fine now.

test your reaction again, If you could spend some hours with one adult dog
that would be the best. But I feel if I can tolerate two anyone can.

Good luck, everyone should hav a hav.

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Thanks everyone for your responses!

I'm not to worried about getting mango.. he is only 1 dog, compared to being bombarded by 10! And yes, they were all mouthing each other alot I noticed.

Also, I was sitting right beside pee pads/newspaper which were being used quite

Also could have been pollen and other airborne debris... it looked like it wa snowing for a bit with all the pollen in the air at one point...

And yes, Mango is the puppy we are getting, he is my avitar.. picture taken yesterday by the breeder in Florida.. Isnt he CUTE?!!!

Do antihistamines do anything for pet allergies?

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Ryan - Mango is precious!! I am so glad for you. I remember reading a thread here once about people who are actually allergic to the urine. If you were by the pee pee pads, maybe that was the problem.

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Yes, it could have been the pee.. but I'm sure 1 hav wil not give me to much troubles in the allergy department. I cant wait!
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Freeway, I know what it's like to react to the urine. I remember when Oreo was a lot smaller and he was in the beginning with potty training, my allergies acted up. I had not had any allergy episodes in a couple of years, but I suddenly started coughing and sneezing. I discovered that I am allergic to the urine because as soon as I no longer used the pads with Oreo, my reactions stopped. Now, in my case I find I am reacting to pollens in the grass - when Oreo runs around in the grass and I snuggle with him, my cough starts up again and I have the sniffles. As soon as he is bathed and all dry - my allergies are gone

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