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Teenager (have not have asthma attack for 6-7 years), is it okay to adopt a dog?
An_247323 posted:
Hi everyone. I had very mild, but recurring asthma attacks when I was younger (7-9). I had a skin test completed and discovered that my pet parakeets were the causes of my asthma. The parakeets have since been adopted out. I also have mild allergies to pollen, mold, and certain types of weeds, but being a resident of New Jersey (the Garden State), I haven't even needed to use any form of medication for a good 3 years. I haven't needed my inhaler for 3-5 years except once or twice after intensive sprinting (mild sports-induced asthma).

Now my question is: is it okay to adopt a dog/furry pet? I tested negative to both cats and dogs on an allergy skin test and I have been exposed to friends' dogs/cats and have never had problems. If a problem is to arise, the animal will be adopted out immediately.

What is the worst case scenario? Will this hurt my health in the long run? I am 17 right now if this makes any difference.
sgbl88 responded:
It sounds like a cat or dog may be a good option for you. Keep in mind that allergens can develop at any time. To minimize the risk of developing a cat/dog allergy you should keep the pet out of your bed room and try to keep the pet off upholstered furniture.

I hope you enjoy the addition to your family.

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amcate responded:
If you decide to get one, be sure you have rescue medicine on hand just in case. I'm not aware of long term issues, except if you were to develop a new allergy. You can always try fostering an animal before getting one long term as a trial, but I don't see anything that would predict issues based on what you said.

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