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.