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HELP !! Allergy (asthma) to my poodle puppy!!

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Hi dear community,

I'm a new poodle mom, Charlie is 9 weeks so far and she is adorable. The only problem is that since we got her (one week ago), my mom developped an allergic reaction to my puppy. She does not have the usual symptoms she has with other breeds of dogs (rashes, sneeze, stingy eyes...), but she still has asthma and it's quite severe. I don't want to get rid of my beautiful girl, I love her with all my heart and she has really been a blessing in my life right now...

Please, I need some tips from people who dealed with an allergic reaction to their poodle!! Anything is welcome. Does it get better when the puppy grow older (no more puppy fur)?

Here is what I've done so far to try to keep my mom's allergies under control:
  • Keeping the puppy in a specific room to reduce the allergens in the house
  • Brushing her coat every day
  • Vaccum every week
  • Mom washes her hands everytime she touches my puppy

I count on your help,
Thank you!

A worried poodle mom
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I’m very sorry about your mom‘s allergies. It is so difficult.

I have severe allergies and some dogs will trigger asthma. In fact, most dogs will trigger asthma. When I get a new dog (I choose breeds less likely to trigger my asthma), I always make an agreement with the breeder to return the dog within 3 weeks if I have respiratory problems. I need about 2-3 weeks to know if the asthma will go away, or stay. For me, if it hasn’t gone by three weeks, chances are it won’t go away and I feel it’s not fair for the dog to be rehomed after more than 3 weeks top.

I have allergies to my two current toy poodles. Last winter was very hard on my lungs, and I had thoughts about rehoming. It was the first time it happened so bad and my dogs were almost 3 and 6. I spent a lot of money trying to make it better for my health, so I could keep them : I bought a commercial grade air purifier that I put in my bedroom and I had an air exchanger installed. A good air exhanger will completely replace the air in the house once every 8 hours, so three times a day (you can’t use it if you live in a warm/hot area. It’s only to be used when humidity is around 60% and less). This winter will be a test, I’m hoping what I’ve done will help.

Here’s what can help :
  • No carpets in the house
  • No dog in the bedroom, ideally not even on the floor where your mom’s room is
  • ventilate as much as possible (air exchanger, opening windows)
  • put an air purifier in your mom’s bedroom (don’t buy a cheap one, do your research)
  • wash the dog once a week
  • brush your dog outside or in another room with closed door
  • wash bedding once a week
  • wash hands after touching the dog
  • ideally, your mom should even avoid touching the dog
Unfortunately, it does not always work. Asthma is a life threatening condition and needs to be taken very seriously. Especially in this pandemic.

I really hope it works out for you.
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While I do think that many of the suggestions above may help your mom's asthma with regard to your puppy I also think that the risk of a fatal asthma attack for her is something I wouldn't risk. BF has asthma and cats are a big trigger allergen for him. We will never have a cat in our home. My last cats lived with my mom after BF and I moved to this house.
Same here. Last time I tried to live with a cat, I ended up sleeping outside on the porch (thank god it was summer) and had to go to the ER. Thankfully dogs are not nearly as dangerous for me as cats. I don’t know what it is with cats, but they can be deadly to those with asthma !
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Do you guys have an HEPA air purifier to recommend me?
I bought this one. Medical grade, very good reviews, among the best and made in USA. I can’t say if it’s making a difference yet because I will be going through my first winter since owning it. The only con : too noisy at medium and high speed (use that speed when you’re out of the house or vacuuming) but at the lowest speed, it makes a nice white noise in the bedroom to sleep.

Do your research, there are precise formulas to determine what machine you need based on room size. Also, filters are very expensive and after a few years, they cost more than the air purifier itself ! The Austin air filter is good for 5 years, so even though the machine is expensive, it pays for itself with the money saved from filters.
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Are you sure your dog is full poodle? I only have reactions to my standard poodle when he has been playing with other dogs, even doodles, and have to shampoo him before I can be around him again.
Even poodles trigger allergic reactions. I react to my 6 lbs and 8 lbs poodle. It really depends on the individual person (and dog) and the severity of their allergies. No dog is truly hypoallergenic.
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