As the mom to a child who has allergy-induced asthma, it’s hard to get people to understand that he’s allergic to pets. Yes, it sucks. Yes, we have a cat. Yes, he’s allergic to cats. Yes, it’s true he doesn’t always react. We like that, and so does he. We all like pets. Keb was firm for years that he wanted a dog, yet that’s his worst trigger. And, we are no exaggerating because we’re talking about his ability to breathe. No, reactions don’t occur right away. Yes, it’s still a learning curve.
However, being told that someone’s animal is hypoallergenic so it’s OK that he’s exposed when we aren’t prepared (carrying medicine) is annoying. I don’t like being blindsided at places where I don’t expect to find critters. I also resent that, while I can’t bring PEANUT-ANYTHING, you’ll drag your dog like it’s your baby.
For those merely wanting a URL, it’s from Woman’s Day Magazine, September 2010 issue: http://www.womansday.com/Articles/Health/The-Truth-About-Pet-Allergies.html