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PostPosted: Tue Nov 11, 2008 10:23 am 
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OK, so I'm a bit irked. Obama addressed the press in a semi-joking manner, stating that while they want a dog their daughter is allergic, so they will need to get a hypo-allergenic dog. What?! Seriously?! There is NO hypo allergenic dog for those with dog allergies. Unless it is stuffed. The dander, the saliva, and the DOG are still present, and those with allergies still react. Ugh. So, now I'm explaining again to people that just vaccuming does not remove the dog from the room, and no, we still can't visit their house.

Sorry, just needed to vent.

Here's the link: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/us_ ... 716985.stm

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There are a lot of dogs that less people will react to. I'm no animal lover -- but I think the ones with hair are often referred to as *hypo-allergenic* -- which I agree is not an accurate term.

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 13, 2008 6:39 pm 
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Allergymama3, apparently the allergists are irked too. See below.

What do the rest of you think?
I wonder how severe the child's allergy is. They certainly will have the staff for bathing the pet, which cuts down dander.

Have to say: love the headline. Gwen


Allergists' dander up about Obama quest for dog

By LINDSEY TANNER – 1 day ago

CHICAGO (AP) — Not to put a damper on the Obama family's canine quest, but allergists have a news flash: There's no such thing as a hypoallergenic dog.

Doctors who specialize in children's allergies say kids who are truly allergic to dogs probably shouldn't get one.

So Malia and Sasha, how about a fish instead?

President-elect Barack Obama has said his young daughters have been promised a dog with their move to the White House. And in his first post-election news conference last week, he announced that Malia "is allergic, so it has to be hypoallergenic."

It's a common misconception. In response, the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology issued a statement Wednesday saying, "There is no truly 'hypoallergenic' dog."

Another misconception is "that people are allergic to a dog's hair, and it is falsely believed that a dog that sheds less will not cause a reaction," the academy said.

Obama's transition team declined to comment.

While some people with dog allergies say some breeds cause them more problems than others, there isn't any scientific proof to back that up, said the academy's Dr. Clifford Bassett, a New York City allergy specialist. All dogs produce proteins that can cause allergies. These proteins are found in dogs' dander — which is dead skin cells, not fur — and saliva and urine, explained Dr. Elizabeth Matsui, a children's allergy expert at Johns Hopkins Children's Center.

http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5iyWc ... AD94DLIJG0

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They certainly will have the staff for bathing the pet, which cuts down dander


Not good for a pet to be bathed to often.

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 24, 2008 1:16 pm 
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A good allergists' Q&A on the hypoallergenic issue.

Note that Dr. Bowser would advise the Obamas not to get a dog. That wouldn't go over too well with the daughters by this stage!

http://www.webmd.com/allergies/news/200 ... ergies-faq

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