My PA son\'s questions

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My DS is allergic to the following: peanuts, cats, dogs, horses, pollen, ragweed, mold. He asked me if he could have a bunny. He also asked me if he could pet a cow or goat.

I really had no answer for him and said I would have to find out. I am guessing it is ok as long as he washes his hands right after. But I really just don't know.

Any help on this?

Thanks.

On Jul 30, 2004

Those are good questions you ds has. Is there any way he could try being around a rabbit for a number of days in a row? (Or not even necessarily in a row - but just a number of different times.) As for petting a cow or a goat: I agree that he should wash his hands after, and (of course) try not to touch his face or his clothing until he does.

I'm thinking that trial and error is the best way you will find out this information.

Good luck!

[img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] Miriam

On Jul 30, 2004

Seanmn,

I am allergic to everything your son is (plus a few other things - including cows and goats). But, I did have a rabbit for a couple of years with no problems (including breathing). I also had a hamster but he did make me itch a little (kept him anyway).

I agree that your son should try to be around an animal before he gets one. However, that can be difficult because what someone feeds the animal and bathes it in will matter. If the animal has eaten nuts and licked itself, well, obviously there will be a problem.

I hope it all works out and that your son can get a little friend. Have you considered a parakeet? I had one and he was my best friend. He had quite the vocabulary. Unfortunately, I was allergic to him (eczema and sneezing all the time) and gave him away to a wonderful family after 2 years. It was heartbreaking for both of us. Maybe a bunny would be better - they are not as intelligent (in my opinion), and are easier to give up if necessary.

Terri in the USA

On Jul 30, 2004

Personally, I'd let him pet a goat and/or a cow, but I wouldn't allow him to have a bunny, simply because I think furry animals in the house increase the risk of asthma.

Could be way off base on this...

Just my thoughts,

Jen

On Jul 30, 2004

Our allergist advised us to stay away from owning any warm blooded animals as pets but we were referring to the usual pets. You might want to check with what your allergist thinks. Maybe some animals are more likely to cause allergies than others. Good luck.

On Jul 30, 2004

Our allergist said that most "allergic" individuals (meaning having several allergies, including animals), will most likely develop an allergy to any animal they are in contact with for long periods of time (meaning weeks or months). So if your child is already allergic to several animals he will most likely develop an allergy to any animal with fur or feathers that you bring home. As far as petting animals, I don't think that would be a problem if you have him wash his hands after.

On Jul 30, 2004

seanmn,

We know many people (and children) who were allergic to dogs, cats, etc., but were able to have a rabbit. We've had MANY rabbits during the past 15 years or so. We kept our rabbits outside, in a hutch. They survived the winters--we packed them with hay and covered 3/4 of their hutches in heavy plastic. They lived beyond their normal life expectancy and were very healthy. Our children visited with them OUTSIDE and interacted that way. Just something to think about.

Good luck with your decision, and I hope it works out for you. BTW, we also owned chinchillas (definitely indoor animals!), and they made even better pets, although you have to be careful with their food (PA warnings on them!). HTH.

On Jul 31, 2004

What kind of pollen is he allergic to? If he's allergic to any kinds of grasses, a bunny may not be for you.

I have all kinds of allergies to grass and trees. A few years ago, we kept my brother-in-law's bunny while he went on a 7 month trip around the world. At first, things were fine, but then I thought I was becoming allergic to the bunny. I went in for general allergy testing, and it turns out that I'm HIGHLY allergic to timothy grass, which is one of the main foods a bunny eats. It's in their hay and grass cubes and generally any kind of bunny food you can buy because it's so good for them to eat.

So, I wasn't allergic to the bunny (I am to cats and dogs), but I was very allergic to his food.

Hope this helps!

On Jul 31, 2004

Thank you for all your input. I may wait on the bunny thing until he is a little older (he is 4) and to talk to the allergist.

I had a lot of bunnies growing up and I thought they were the greatest pet, so I am hoping we are able to have one. I have seen minature one's that are adorable. He is just very sad he can't have a cat or dog.

I would not want a bird. I am actually quite scared of them. I had seen "The Birds" when I was very little and since then I have not like them. Kind of silly, but a real problem for me.

Thanks again.

On Jul 31, 2004

Hi there,

My son can totally relate to your son about wanting a pet and being sad. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/frown.gif[/img] My ds is allergic to peanuts, nuts, eggs, Ibuprofen, wasps, grass pollen, tree pollen, dandelions, ragweed, dust mites, cats, dogs, outdoor molds... and those are most of what he was tested for as far as environmental allergies.

He has had some luck being at a dairy farm, but didn't pet the cows (he went on a class trip, he's six). Horses and rabbits have alot of dander like cats and dogs and I would be careful, especially if your son wasn't actually tested for these animals (my son wasn't).

We have fish. They are okay, but not thrilling. Someone told my ds about some dogs that are hypo-allergenic. I am not sure I am ready to look into that though. I wouldn't want to commit to having a dog and then have to give it away. It would break his dear heart. He has many *washable* stuffed puppies that he sleeps with and hugs regularily [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] Hopefully this will keep him happy for awhile.

Good luck!

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