Post # 1
How common is this?
I was just on a classifieds site and saw someone getting rid of their dog because their newborn is allergic to it.
I instantly felt like I was having a panic attack. We have a 2 year old puggle who is my life and the thought of having to get rid of her literally makes me sick. DH works out of town so its always just her and I which makes me even more attached to her.
We don’t have kids yet but do want them in a couuple of years. Is it common for babies to be allergic to pets?
I can’t imagine 🙁 What a tough situation!
Post # 3
I’m not sure how common pet allergies (or other allergies) are in newborns, but it seems that if a newborn starts showing signs of allergy, the first thing to be blamed is the pet.
I’ve seen so many times people get rid of a cat or dog because a baby is “allergic” without actually testing whether that *is* the allergy. The family pet is an easy scapegoat to blame for allergies when it could be other environmental aspects like dust, laundry detergent, pollen, etc. Or the child could have another issue that looks like an allergy.
Post # 4
@KatNYC2011: Totally agree with what you say.
A lot fo times its the “easiest” and best excuse someone has to re-home a pet also without feeling as “guilty” or a reason to “justify” I know that sounds snarky, but working in animal rescue, you see it a LOT. I personally have never seen it with someone I actually know having it as a legit problem.
Post # 5
I’ve also heard that having a pet in the house during the early newborn stages of life can actually ALLEVIATE the baby’s allergies and make their immune system stronger for the rest of their life.
This is one of those things that you never know until you try, I guess!
Post # 6
The people in those ads are almost always lying when they give that excuse, so I wouldn’t worry too much!
Post # 7
Most of the time, it’s an excuse (the parents don’t want to get flamed for saying “we just don’t want the pet anymore now that we have a baby”) or an overreaction of the parents (kid gets a sniffle and they freak and out think it’s an allergy to teh pet).
Studies show that kids that grow up with pets in the home are LESS likely to suffer from allergies and asthma.
Post # 8
Agreed, exposure to a pet like a dog reduces the chance of allergies. Most allergies can be handled by washing hands after petting the dog or handling its things, keeping the dog and the baby apart, and vaccumming and cleaning more frequently. An in home air filter can also help.
I wouldn’t worry about it too much.
Post # 9
Thanks ladies. That makes me feel much better! I would never in a million years get rid of her unless we tried EVERYTHING. Even then I’d have a really hard time.
Looking back at the ad, they’re giving this dog away for free… so the allergy thing is probably an excuse.
Thanks again 🙂
Post # 10
Allergies aren’t always an excuse. This really does happen. My neighbors just had to rehome their cat of 7 years because their 1 yr old son is very allergic. He was diagnosed by his doctor.Their 5 yr old daughter doesn’t have the allergies. It broke my neighbors’ hearts to have to give away their cat. They gave her to somebody free and they truly miss her. I’d be so upset to have to give away our dog if this happened.