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Hello all, I am a 27 year old guy who always dreamt about getting a puppy / dog. However, reason I havent got one is because I am scared of that my new friend can trigger asthma. I just want to know, how I can be 100 % certain that a dog will not cause or trigger asthma.



PS. For those asking if I already have asthma, Id say I dont, but I have had some issues with breathing due to anxiety that potentially could be due to asthma or just anxiety. So its not clear 100 % whether I actually have mild asthma or not. I never used any meds for it though so I dont believe I do, but again, I am scared that my furry friend could trigger it.





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If you are allergic to dogs then that can trigger asthma depending on how your allergy manifested. Other then that the only way that I know a dog could trigger asthma would be if the asthma was triggered by over exertion exercising the dog.

If you want to see if you could handle owning a dog, or if one might trigger asthma in you, you could try fostering one for your local shelter or rescue group. Let them know you are a novice dog owner and would not know how to handle a dog with behavioral issues.

Also keep in mind that the dander that causes asthma can be kept under control by not letting the dog sleep in your bedroom, vacuuming and dusting, keeping the dog clean, and feeding him or her a high quality diet.
 
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If you are allergic to dogs then that can trigger asthma depending on how your allergy manifested. Other then that the only way that I know a dog could trigger asthma would be if the asthma was triggered by over exertion exercising the dog.

If you want to see if you could handle owning a dog, or if one might trigger asthma in you, you could try fostering one for your local shelter or rescue group. Let them know you are a novice dog owner and would not know how to handle a dog with behavioral issues.

Also keep in mind that the dander that causes asthma can be kept under control by not letting the dog sleep in your bedroom, vacuuming and dusting, keeping the dog clean, and feeding him or her a high quality diet.
Thank you very much. I will try to be around a dog to see if it triggers asthma. I wonder how long I need to stay around a dog in order to know for certain If I am allergic to it.
 

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@Brian1 welcome to the forum!

Rain's suggestion is a great one, I would would second fostering and also suggest you try out an adult dog rather than a puppy. Getting a puppy worsened my anxiety significantly and from what I've seen online that is not unusual.
 

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@Brian1 welcome to the forum!

Rain's suggestion is a great one, I would would second fostering and also suggest you try out an adult dog rather than a puppy. Getting a puppy worsened my anxiety significantly and from what I've seen online that is not unusual.

Great suggestion about getting an adult. Around a month and a half ago my friend's adopted a 9 week old pupppy. The pup is ADORABLE, he's sweet as can be, and he's reminded me of all the reasons I do NOT want a puppy LOL. He's a biting, little hooligan with a taste for human flesh and shoe strings!
 
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You can go to an allergist and get tested.


I was allergic to cats and dogs as a kid. Asthma is how it showed up. I ended up having shots for close to 10 years to get rid of it (it was in France, so it cost almost nothing). It completely worked for dogs (still works 20 years later!), not so much with cats, and I can get used to a cat but stranger cats can still trigger me.


I'd say it's an option but in the US it probably costs a lot of money... but either way, the best way to know is to get tested. I mean, I know that I was around boxers as a kid and I ended up covered in hives too, but fluffly/non drooly dogs were mostly fine.



How does your breathing issues show up though... is it that 'can't seem to fill your lungs when you breathe' thing? I have that too, and it's not asthma, it's anxiety (which really, could very much happen with a puppy anyway). With asthma, you can hear wheezing when you breeze.
 

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Hello and thank you for your reply. What kind of test do you recommend in order to eliminate possibility of being allergic to cats / dogs? Also, in terms of my breathing, when I forget about it, it seems I breathe fine, but if I for some reason think about it, it looks like it gets worse. About the wheezing, well... when I exhale and I cover my mouth to hear the sound, I can hear SLIGHT wheezing, not enough to be considered asthmatic, but it could be. It also could be normal to have a bit of wheeze when exhaling?
 

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There are allergy specialists that do skin tests to determine what you're allergic to (for what it's worth - you could be allergic to something else that would cause those symptoms). That's how one of my friends found out that he's allergic to dust mites.



I'd really go see a doctor about your breathing issues though - they'll listen to your lungs and will be able to tell you if it's asthma or not. And give you a referral to an allergist if you need one. That being said, they never found anything abnormal when it happens to me, that's why I think it's anxiety as well, but it's worth ruling out asthma.
 

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There are so many possible causes of breathing issue, I second going to see a doctor ASAP.
 
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