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Living With Pet Allergies

Would You Live With a Pet You Were Allergic To?

I grew up with cats my whole life, so when I went away to college, I really missed their furry purriness. As soon as I moved into my own apartment, I took in a pair of kitties that needed a home. Soon after, I developed a stuffy nose, and within a matter of weeks, my sinuses were completely blocked. I started wheezing and having asthma attacks, and when I went to the doctor, they confirmed what I already assumed — I was allergic. Asthma and allergy medication didn't seem to help, and my symptoms got so bad my doctor recommended sinus surgery to clear out my nasal passages. Unfortunately, I had to give up my beloved kitties.

About 30 percent of people have allergies to cats and dogs, and cat allergies are twice as common as dog allergies. Although allergists say the best remedy is to remove the pet from the home, most people won't give up their pets. Instead, they choose to live with both their furry companion and the sneezing and wheezing that goes along with them. Tell me . . .

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bethinabox bethinabox 7 years
Luckily I am not allergic to pets (or anything else, for that matter) so this isn't an issue for me. BUT if I were, I think that unless it were really horribly serious, I'd have the pet anyway. I love furry friends too much. :]
lilkimbo lilkimbo 7 years
I am slightly allergic to my dog and wouldn't consider getting rid of him. The only circumstance under which I would consider it would be an extreme circumstance, like in mamasita's case. I am considering getting a hypoallergenic dog (I love Bichons) for my next dog, but if I fall in love with a non-hypoallergenic dog at the shelter (like I did with my dog, Pippin), I would probably still get him. Fortunately, my allergies to pollen, etc. are much worse than my ever-so-slight pet allergies. So, while I'm miserable during this time of the year (I live in D.C. and the Cherry Blossoms and other flowering trees are killing me), I only have to put up with bad allergies for 2-3 months out of the year.
Autumns_Elegy Autumns_Elegy 7 years
I would keep my pet even if I were allergic. I couldn't ever give them up. :(
Spectra Spectra 7 years
I'd try to deal with the allergies and keep my pets. I can't imagine life without a dog and a cat, so I'd probably try allergy meds and a Neti pot and deal with it.
Leilanic1 Leilanic1 7 years
i have two cats and am allergic to cats and dogs. plus i have asthma. i would never be able to get rid of them. i even let them sleep with me and just deal with the wheezing and sneezing.
mamasitamalita mamasitamalita 7 years
my allergies are strong enough to hospitalize me if I lived in a pet home. SAD because I love dogs.
Soniabonya Soniabonya 7 years
If the allergy was severe enough to kill me, then no, I wouldn't have pets. But if it's just sniffles and a little bit of wheezing, I'd live through it. I'd never go without a pet.
verr0nica verr0nica 7 years
I am allergic to cats but one day my boyfriend brought home 2 abandoned kitties; I tried to find a home for them but I fell in love :) the hair got to be too much so now that I live in a house they got moved to the backyard but I find as long as I don't touch them and touch my face I'm fine. I have to snuggle my dog though so i happily take my allergy medicine for snuggle time!
tlsgirl tlsgirl 7 years
I dunno. I chose no, but I really want a dog and would probably get one even if I were allergic. I guess I should've gone with "depends on the allergy." If it were awful I couldn't do it.
bluebellknoll bluebellknoll 7 years
I have 2 cats and a dog and my sinuses probably haven't been 100% clear for about as long as I've had them. But it's not bad and I'm so used to it that it doesn't bother me. I would reconsider having pets if I had terrible allergies to them though. :(
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