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Could a dog allergy make kids sick

Hi All,

I'm new here. I have 3 kids. One of them has food allergies, hay fever, egg, peanut, grass, dust mites and certain tree allergies. Two of them love animals, so we got a dog about 2.5 months ago. We had a very healthy winter, but since getting the dog, at least one of the kids have been sick. They have had colds and fevers. It seems to me as if the dog must be a factor, but everyone I have talked to says it couldn't possibly be the dog causing them to be sick. My oldest does seem to have a slight allergy to the dog. He gets red where she licks him and will sneeze or gets itchy eyes if he touches her and forgets to wash his hands. But it is my middle child who seems to be the one catching everything and then sharing with her siblings. She seems to have an almost constant cough. It doesn't seem to fully go away before she comes down with a new cold. 

I'm wondering if the dog has somehow weakened their immune systems causing them to be more susceptible to catching things or is this a coincidence?

Just trying to be sure it is the dog before we try to rehome. I appreciate anyone's thoughts or ideas on this. 

Thank you. 

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  • K8sMom2002

    Hi, and welcome, A3. Hugs on the issues your family has been dealing with these past few months.

    Could you check with your allergist about the dog? Another thing … what food are you giving the dog? Many pet foods can contain allergens, and that could be where some of the reactions might be coming from. 

    Colds and fevers wouldn't necessarily be signs of allergies. AAFA has a great blog resource called .

    It's tough to think about re-homing a pet. I would definitely talk with my doctor about the reactions you've been seeing and rule out other issues as well. 

  • Shea

    I got very ill from allergies to dogs, that worsened when living with them, and developed into chronic asthma and allergic disease (I have to see an immunologist and cardiologist due to allergic inflammation damaging my system), very severe now. After tgat incident I moved into a pet-free home. My son also has dog allergies– I was pregnant with him when my allergy to dogs was getting more and more severe. We both have food allergies. After my horrible experiences, we don't even visit homes with dogs. Some people will try to reduce dander in homes, but if there is a dog in the home, it is airborne and gets everywhere, and it can cause reactions whuch fir me have gotten worse over time. If any person in the family is allergic, the best thing you can do for their health is to avoid the allergic trigger, not live with dogs, (also iften not live with cats, or other furry/feathered animals that often cause allergies). We have lizards: 2 leopard geckos and 2 ornate uromastyx. They are unique, very easy to care for, and can be handled but dont have to be– and best of all no allergy! This is one of our uromadtyx, Zumba:

    I know it can be hard rehomong pets. But health is so worth it. 

  • Marie E Natzke

    A3,  Shea and Cynthia have given you good advice. A few years before I was born my parents got a dog. Her name was Cindy. Yes dogs can trigger allergies which in turn can make someone sick. Your body is too busy fighting an allergy that it thinks is a germ to attack. Which in turn weakens the immune system making someone more susceptible to infections and viruses. When I was a child first they thought it was because I was teething. Then they thought it was the croup. It wasn't until I was about 4 yrs old when I had a bad asthma attack the Dr finally said it was because of Cindy. Cindy was my best friend and I still miss her to this day. I'll be 56 next month. Removing a pet from the home is very traumatic especially when a child is very attached. You need to let your Dr know all of the reactions the kids are having so the best decision can be made for everyone including the pet.