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Bearsmom
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Username: Bearsmom

Post Number: 211
Registered: 04-2006
Posted on Thursday, April 24, 2008 - 9:43 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

went to the pulmonary doctor last night. He told me to either get rid of my ferrets or put them in the basement and not be around them when they come out because they are a very big asthma trigger.
I told him they are sanity saver and I wont get rid of them. I dont have a problem with them, I cuddle and kiss and never had an attack. My asthma triggers are flowers and trees.

Does any one here have asthma too and do your ferrets give you a problem?

(Message edited by bearsmom on April 24, 2008)
Lynn in NJ owned by my fuzzies Razzy and Kahlua My dogs Max and Tahoe. I miss you my BEAR(aka Monkey Man)
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Ferretlover_2
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Username: Ferretlover_2

Post Number: 350
Registered: 03-2008
Posted on Thursday, April 24, 2008 - 10:00 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

First off IS THAT DR. INSANE!!!!! Clearly he doesn't have any fert kids or he would have NEVER suggested such a thing. I have allergies get very bad in the summer more than winter and don't have any problems with the kids. I do wash my hands after every touch interaction with them. I also take over the counter dye free benadryl for allergies and for me it works great.
Life Is Short, Forgive Quickly, Kiss Slowly, Laugh Uncontrollably & Never Regret Anything That Made You Smile. ~ Like a kiss from your fuzzies. Mama to fuzzies snickers & peanut.At the bridge~ Guinea Pig-Oreo, Mama misses you so much
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Bubles
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Post Number: 159
Registered: 11-2004
Posted on Thursday, April 24, 2008 - 10:34 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

A very good friend of mine once thought she would never be able to have ANY furry pets at all - because she is very allergic to everything. Dogs, cats, roderts, rabbits... Everything fuzzy you can imagine to have as a pet.

She once got reactings from me -_- Just because I'm usually so damn covered with animal "dust" because of well... I spend all day with cats, dogs, horses, sheep... You name it, it's around me.

In any case. She currently owns 4 ferrets and has never gotten any reactions from them. Non at all even when they sleep in her bed.

So ferrets pretty much "made her life" since she always wanted a fuzzy companion.

In the other hand a friend who is as allergic and astmatic as the other mentioned above gets a strange rash and breathing trouble around my house. Expecially when she pets ferrets.

It can be the dog and the cats I now and then have staying over as well, but atleast handling ferrets gives her this red rash all over her hands. And if she gets scrathes... They swell up instantly.

So it's weird. I do believe that some astmatic/highly allergic people can keep ferrets with no problems. Seen it happen. But it doesn't mean that others can't be allergic to them.

But if your ferrets have never given you any problems at all I doutb you should even consider getting rid of them. It's true that people can become allergic to stuff they wheren't before by being around that said thing/material for a long time.
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Polecatparlour
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Username: Polecatparlour

Post Number: 716
Registered: 07-2006
Posted on Thursday, April 24, 2008 - 11:20 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

I have allergies and my 8 ferrets and three cats do not affect me. Pollen is my big issue. Any Dr who assumes you have allergies and animals will trigger attacks is jumping the gun. Allergies are caused by the immune system being sensitive to certain things. Just because pollen causes an issue doesn't mean pet dander will. Just because I am allergic to seafood, doesn't mean my ferrets will cause me problems. Certain things set the white bloodcells into action and no one better tell me to get rid of my kids because of my other allergies.
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Fuzzie23
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Post Number: 305
Registered: 12-2007
Posted on Thursday, April 24, 2008 - 11:59 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

I have sinus allergies, and I only have issues when the mold spores and tree pollens are out. I don't have any issues with all of my kids, that includes variety of ferrets, 5 cats and 1 dopey dawg. A also had an individual from the medical profession tell me, I was allergic and to rid my house of all fur things, but I only have issues in the spring and fall. So, it's not fur/dander related. I would just wash my hands a bit more often during those times, and all the fur kids are still in the house doing what they do best. Pure rock solid entertainment and laughter galore!!
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Akv1979
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Username: Akv1979

Post Number: 183
Registered: 09-2007
Posted on Thursday, April 24, 2008 - 12:00 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Well I also have allergies and allergy related asthma. I had the allergy testing done and found out I'm at least a little bit allergic to just about everything under the sun. One thing that my doc told me when he was testing that they cannot test specifically for ferrets...maybe it was just my doctor that couldn't, but he definately told me he couldn't test for them.
I would say just make sure you wash your hands alot and unless they are really bothering your allergies or ashma, don't worry about it. I also take Zyrtec-D for mine which really helps with my asthma and allergies.
Proud mama to Boris Yeltsin, and my lovely ladies Zoey and Nadia!
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Zzbrandy
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Username: Zzbrandy

Post Number: 2859
Registered: 07-2002
Posted on Thursday, April 24, 2008 - 1:07 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

First of all, ferrets have fur not hair like dogs and cats so it is very unlikely that anybody would be allergic to them. Second, there is no testing serum available to test for ferret allergy. (I worked or an allergist for three years.)

My guess is that your doctor zeroed in on the fact that you had ferrets and opted to blame them for any asthma attacks you're having.

I just finished reading an article about VOC's in the home that cause breathing difficulties. Here's the link to it - see if they might be contributing to any attacks:


http://finance.sympatico.msn.ca/Spring/Article.aspx?cp-documentid=6956526

Also, if you're reacting to everything that they test you for, the doctor should know that it is the solution that the allergen sample is kept in that is causing the problem, not the allergen itself.

This topic really gets my blood boiling because I swear that only a small percentage of doctors look beyond what is the easiest thing that they can lay blame to. For example, a friend of mine was really sick for quite a while and everything she described (except for a lack of pain) pointed me in the direction of something being wrong with her gall bladder but because no stones were revealed in ultrasound, they said no way could it be that. So she suffered for months until a specialist discovered that she had inflamation of the gall bladder and that was what is causing the problem. Oiy!!

(Message edited by zzbrandy on April 24, 2008)
Brandy - momma to (in order of age) Meeka, MyGooch, Moose, Mashugina & Ruby-Roo; RIP Karma (my pretty little white girl) & Max (my clown prince)
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Wilbur
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Username: Wilbur

Post Number: 525
Registered: 02-2007
Posted on Thursday, April 24, 2008 - 1:13 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

I understood that ferrets are much LESS likely to cause allergies than other pets. however allergies are very individual and just because one person is OK doesn't mean someone else will be. At the end of the day you know if your symptoms get worse round the fuzzies and if they don't well that is fine then.
Mary- 5 ferrets, V,Wilbur,Ben,Rosa and Niffler plus 1 dog Charlie, 2 kids 1 long suffering fella!
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Rubyredroses
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Username: Rubyredroses

Post Number: 633
Registered: 03-2004
Posted on Thursday, April 24, 2008 - 1:55 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

oddly enough we all pretty much have allergies around here lily has never really bothered anyone but daisy really bothers us all, i'm not sure how this makes sence but she has longer hair than lily and haveing her around really bothers my mon that beinf said they're not going anywhere my mom is babysitting them while i go on vacation this summer and all she asks is that i buy her a bottle of bee pollen she swears this helps with her allergies, she is allergic to pretty much everything natural or arritifical, and she swears by it
Rubyredroses and lilly and daisy
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Autietum
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Username: Autietum

Post Number: 893
Registered: 12-2006
Posted on Thursday, April 24, 2008 - 4:05 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

I'm allergic to my kitties and to my ferrets, but hasn't changed a thing =)

If I don't wash my hands before I touch my eyes or face, or if I get their hair in my eyes they itch like mad, but doesn't mean a thing to me.

It's always been that way with my pets, guinea pigs, rabbits, dogs, cats, etc but I love being around them and if itchy eyes and runny nose is the cost of it, well hell, I'll take a Zyrtec
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Bearsmom
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Username: Bearsmom

Post Number: 212
Registered: 04-2006
Posted on Thursday, April 24, 2008 - 5:47 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Thank you all very much!!!! I am not getting rid of my kids, I dont care what anyone wants!! Hubby included. I'll get rid of him first! (LOL)He knows how special my kids are to me.
He loves them too.
Lynn in NJ owned by my fuzzies Razzy and Kahlua My dogs Max and Tahoe. I miss you my BEAR(aka Monkey Man)

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