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Pets and Asthma

05/07/2004

Question:

Could my Miniature Schnauzer make my asthma worse? Is there anything I can do short of finding a new home for my beloved pet? If I have to find a new home I will, but I know it be heart wrenching for me, and for Jake. He is so attatched to me , I do not think he would do well if permantly separated from me.

Answer:

It is possible your dog is causing symptoms.  There are many things one can do indoors to control indoor allergens.  I recommend you contact stopallergy.com for information on how to "Create a clean room".  This entails keeping the pet out of the bedroom, running a HEPA air cleaner in the bedroom, placing protective covers that prevent animal allergen accumulation over the pillows, mattress and box spring and vacuum 2 times a week while wearing a mask and leaving the room for 1-2 hours until dispersed dust settles.  Placing filters over the outflow and cold air return vent will also help reduce indoor allergen levels.  It is possible to coexist with your pet.

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Response by:

Jonathan   Bernstein, MD Jonathan Bernstein, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati