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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 10-29-2011, 06:38 PM Thread Starter
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Never allergic to dogs, but allergic to V?

Hi everyone,

So, I am very much enjoying being a vizsla parent and owner; however, it appears that I am somehow allergic.

I have never been allergic to dogs as an adult or a child, however I am getting hives after cuddling with my little guy.

He sat on my lap for about 20 minutes yesterday while I was wearing shorts and I had hives all along my thighs. Anyone ever heard of this before? or experienced it? I hypothesized his claws, or grass (but we wipe his paws after coming in). I guess my next step is to see what people do when they have allergies.

It's not that bad. But, still, not being itchy would be better.
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post #2 of 17 (permalink) Old 10-29-2011, 07:42 PM
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Re: Never allergic to dogs, but allergic to V?

First thing I would ask is to make sure dog isn't scratching at all as it could be a sign of mites. There are some that can move to humans. If not, it's not uncommon to show allergies to extremely short haired breeds such as the v even if you have no dog allergy. I tested negative for dog allergy but get full of tiny hives after wresting with Dozer. I just wash my arms after and am fine. I grew up with a terrible cat allergy but always owned one so am used to it. And we're actually getting another v in a few months. Not much else you can do besides wear pants and long sleeves.
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Re: Never allergic to dogs, but allergic to V?

I've never been allergic to dogs either but I itch really bad after wrestling or cuddling with Kona. I don't itch after cuddling with my cocker spaniel. If I wash the itchy area off with soap and warm water it usually goes away.
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post #4 of 17 (permalink) Old 10-30-2011, 01:00 AM Thread Starter
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Re: Never allergic to dogs, but allergic to V?

Thanks Guys! I guess it's all the cuddling. Oso is helping me write this this very moment. Or he was, he's moved on to his bully stick.

I'm wearing long sleeves and pants, like you suggested steeldozer. It's a lot better. I may just have to have have an "Oso Smock."
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Re: Never allergic to dogs, but allergic to V?

I have a full time V, a two day a week V and a full time German Short Haired Pointer. I never itched with the Vislas and have never been allergic to dogs. But I itched for a few days when I first brought the Pointer home. It only took three or four nights of her sleeping in my bed for it to stop..........

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Re: Never allergic to dogs, but allergic to V?

I know this topic is a little old, but I recently developed a rash. It is in odd areas... Right below my clavicle on one side... In between my thighs, which is also raised. Then small dots here and there on my legs, stomach, arms and hairline. It is EXTREMELY itchy at times. At first I thought it might be mites. However, I went to the docs and she said it looked more like an allergic reaction. Nothing has changed as far as detergent, soap, shampoo... Except a face soap that I sometimes use in the shower (but I started that weeks ago - and no rash at all on my face..). I am fearful it may be an allergic reaction to Otto's fur now that he is shedding the most since we've had him. Is anyone else experiencing this?

My doc put me on prednisone for about a week. I'm just wondering, for those with dog allergies, how do you deal with it?

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Never allergic to dogs, but allergic to V?

My wife gets hives when Mylo licks her, no other time other than contact with his saliva. It's instant as well. Just thought it was my wife that was odd!

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Re: Never allergic to dogs, but allergic to V?

Is it only in the areas that make contact? I've been racking my brain trying to figure out what it is. I've been almost certain it was mites - any time Otto itches it freaks me out now. But he has no sign of them. He doesn't itch/groom any more than usual. Plus if he did, my boyfriend David would surely as well. He has gotten extra time to spend with him recently and they are always cuddling or playing on the floor. The doc thinks it's allergies.. I'm just trying to figure to what?

Does your wife take any kind of meds for it?

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Re: Never allergic to dogs, but allergic to V?

We've had an extremely hot spring around here in Toronto (not sure if its been extra hot where you are.)
Have you ever considered heat rash or prickily heat? Inside of legs and chest are prime areas for it.
I have never had it before, but went to Cuba a few weeks ago, got it, and its been bothering me at home with the hot temps here. I break out in itchy hives.
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Re: Never allergic to dogs, but allergic to V?

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My wife gets hives when Mylo licks her, no other time other than contact with his saliva. It's instant as well. Just thought it was my wife that was odd!
Nope, I tend to get some hives when I get Jasper's saliva on me, especially when it's cold, wet nose saliva. It's not terribly uncommon, and in fact, some pet allergies that are supposedly dander may actually be reactions to proteins in saliva that get left on the skin/fur when an animal cleans itself.

I work with research animals too, and many researchers develop allergies to the rodents over time, which I did. What's funny is that it's usually caused not by dander, but a protein in their urine. So whenever I'm handling the mice and one pees, I sneeze!
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