How to tell guests to take their allergy meds on a baby shower invitation?

posted 4 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
3943 posts
Honey bee

Is there a way you can pass along word via word of mouth? It is a little awkward to put on the invite, but if you have to I think wording it similar to what you have is fine:

“For those guests with pet allergies, please note our home has both dogs and cats”.

Post # 4
2440 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

That might be a bit long windes. I think just a small note that you have cats and dogs should be enough. Just “We are a pet friendly home. Please be aware if you have allergies”

Post # 6
2224 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

Hmm. I would think that if anyone has allergies like that, they might anticipate there being critters in someones home and take meds anyway. Seems like an odd thing to tack on the invite. Nevertheless, if I were you, I’d buy a box of Benadryl just in case.

Post # 7
11328 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

In my opinion– anyone who has pet allergies severe enough that just being in a home that contains pets is a big deal would take meds before going to a stranger’s house anyways. MOST people have pets, so if they have a serious issue and dont take meds it is sort of on them.

Post # 8
1536 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@GreenEyedMoon:  I think that ‘s a great idea. Although I wouldn’t put it directly on the invitation itself. Maybe put it on a separate piece of paper and then put that in the invitation.  🙂

Post # 9
717 posts
Busy bee

That’s good of you to be considerate of your guests.  Maye have a couple different kinds of allergy medicines, tissues, and eye drops on hnad at the shower?  That way, your guests can help themselves if they are feeling a reaction.

Post # 10
11760 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I don’t thikn you need to say anything to be honest. I think the burden falls on the person with allergies to be responsible for what they need to do.  If I’m going to someone’s house and am unsure if they have pets, I bring medication with me.  In fact, I always have my medications on me. 

If someone with allergies is that concerned, they will contact you to ask about pets.


Post # 11
6209 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House

@Asia:  I would actually stay away from that wording because it might seem like you were telling people to bring THEIR pets haha, not really clearly stating they they have pets of their own. 

I think a simple “Please note that GreenEyedMoon has dogs and cats in her home” or something like that should do the trick. People who have allergies will know to take the meds.

ETA Or could you send an email to all the guests who RSVP yes to tell them?

Post # 12
2188 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2024

I have pet & seasonal allergies (and own pets) and I take my medication everyday, even if I didn’t have pets I’d take it because it’s pretty much a given that wherever you go other people either have a pet or pet dander/hair from their pets on them so it’s a preventative thing.

I think it’s nice that you are making people aware though, I would get some claratin and have that on hand in case someone doesn’t take their medication or just write what @Asia said it’s short and to the point, not wordy at all.

Post # 13
727 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

You don’t need to say anything. If I was allergic to cats or dogs, I’d take my medicine knowing you might have some, or ask ahead of time.

Post # 14
2494 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2018

I have two dogs and I used to have two cats (lost them in the divorce 🙁 ) and I threw a few showers but I would never warn people ahead of time. I figure if someone has bad enough allergies then they would either check themselves and/or take their allergy meds.

I’m allergic to certain things and I always know that if I’m in someone’s house where I could be affected then I should take medication beforehand. I wouldn’t worry about and have fun! 🙂

Post # 16
4604 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I would just keep a box of allergy meds on hand (non drowsy) and some eye drops. Maybe keep the fur babies in one bedroom for the event.

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