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    Suddenly allergic to my dogs
    francine98 posted:
    I have had one dog for 14 years and our other dog for 4 years. I had no problems until this past summer and it is getting worse. I don't had the usual symtoms of runny nose or eyes, no sneezing. My problem is severe posterior lung pain when I breathe and wheezing at times. I had read online that our body's chemistry changes every 7 to 10 years. I hate to have to give up my "family members". Has anyone heard of this and the problem being focused in the lungs with burning. Any ideas of how to get my old body chemistry back? If that could be the case? I am 40 and wondering if it is a pre-menopausal hormonal thing? Thank you!
    lionbaby73 responded:
    Is it all the time or just sometimes during the year? I have my dog which I've had for 7years and a cat that I've had for almost 3yrs. Well since last year I noticed that I'm allergic to the cat only during certain times...Warm (spring) & Cold ( fall/winter)...During the cold season she starts getting really fluffy (shes a short-haired) and during spring she sheds. So during those times I can't pet her much or carry her...i get an itchy nose, red eyes, sneezing & sniffling and coughing but not continuous. Only at the times she comes near me. I hope is not your dogs and if it is you might want to find out if there's a shot or something you can take so that way you dont have to let them go, that would be too sad! Hope you find a solution soon so you can feel better!
    hughes02 responded:
    am in the same boat as you and after several doctors and specialist we've narrowed it down to pre menopausal. I had the dog before i turned 40 and over the last couple of years it just keeps getting worse. I've found that doing a saline rinse nostril and a nasal spray works wonders for me i clean my furnace filter once every 3 months and vents weekly. Ive eliminated harsh cleaning products as they would trigger my allergies as well now ive gone back to basic vinegar and water with natural lemon juice and tea tree oil
    hope this helps
    Laney78 responded:
    Have you changed dog foods? If so, and it's possible, go back to the food you were feeding before the allergies began. Just a thought. I know different food affect my allergies to my cats. Which I'm keeping, thank you, even thought the pulmonologist was horrified.
    paulalain responded:
    Sounds to me morelike anallergy to airborne mold or the bioaerosols of moldi n your house than your dog. Try a reallygood airfilter and have someone else thoroughly vacuum your house.
    Wanne01 responded:
    It may have to do with your outside elements as well. Grass, yard, etc...that they will bring in to the house. I have issues with certain breeds more than others...and it's much worse now than at any time in my life.

    I'd hope you're not letting them on the furniture or on your bed if there's an issue for you. You may just have to change how you "keep" your dogs and only allow them in a certain part of your house.

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