Pet Allergies

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.

I’d love for everyone to read and pass on this information about pet allergies.  Perhaps this will put these types of allergies into perspective.

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

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2 thoughts on “Pet Allergies

  1. Cassie says:

    Your poor sweetie is SUPER allergic. I felt so bad that he even reacted wehn we came out there. Next time I will wash things differently.

    • Suzanne says:

      Girl, this is WHY we have medicine. I’m just annoyed that the very parents who would complain LOUDEST have no issue bringing their pets to non-pet places. 🙂 No worries.

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