Thanks for your question. It is actually a hard
one to answer!
It is a myth that a Chihuahua
will not cause problems for a person with
allergies to dogs. Allergies to dogs and cats seem
to be very specific to the individual who suffers
from them. Some people just sneeze or have watery
eyes when they are allergic to a cat or dog while
others can have a severe asthma attack or have a
really bad rash.
Some people are highly
allergic to one breed of cat or dog and not to
others. There is actually no dog or cat that is
allergen free. An allergy to a dog or cat is an
over-sensitivity to the dander (dead skin cells),
saliva or urine.
Because all dogs and cats
produce all of these things it is impossible to
find one that is allergen free. There is, however,
a possibility that a person suffering from
allergies may or may not be as allergic to certain
breeds of cats or dogs.
Although you can get
information about these breeds from dog breeders,
veterinarians or the Internet, it usually comes
down to exposing the allergy suffering person to
Because it is usually the dander
that people are allergic to, you may not have a
really bad allergic reaction to the animal for up
to 20 weeks because this is an approximation of
the time that it might take for the animal's
dander to build up in house that has never had a
pet in it before. Twenty weeks is a long time and
you would be really attached to a pet by then if
you had to say goodbye.
If you only have a
mild allergy to a dog there are many prescription
medications that a person can talk to their doctor
about if they really want to have a furry pet.
My advice- get a fish!
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