Pet Allergies

Pets, Owners Challenged by Increasing Allergies

Jacqui Read loves to hike with Buddy on the weekends. Buddy, a golden retreiver, is allergic to pollen, creating a challenge during hikes around his Atlanta neighborhood. In the spring, they can spend a whole day exploring the outdoors near their Atlanta, Georgia, home. When they return home, they enjoy a nice meal and an evening on the sofa. But if it’s been a bad day for pollen, Read breaks out the Benadryl. Two for her — and three for Buddy. Buddy, the 75-pound golden retriever, has […]

First Family & the Quest for a ‘Hypoallergenic’ Dog

The search for a “presidential dog” has dominated the headlines since President Obama’s campaign.  It has been reported that President Obama’s 10-year-old daughter, Malia, is allergic to dog hair, and thus starts the search for a “hypoallergenic” dog.  Many of my patients find themselves with the desire to have a pet, despite a pet allergy as well. There is a myth that pet allergies are caused by animal hair!  It is actually a protein found in pet skin/dander, saliva and urine that causes the allergy.  Hairless […]

Dr. Bassett Goes On Location to Solve Indoor Allergy Mystery on The Dr. Oz Show

Allergic to Your Home? This family had a ton of allergies in their home that they showed on the Dr. Oz Show. Allergist Dr. Clifford Bassett examined their home and found a number of allergenic contaminants that were causing the family to get sick. Symptoms included asthma, watery eyes, breathing trouble and even extreme respiratory distress that caused their teenage daughter to make several emergency room visits.

Pet Allergies, Our First Family and You!

Our soon-to-be First Family faces a personal struggle that millions of other American families face every day: Their daughter suffers from allergies. An estimated 10-15 percent of people with allergies in the U.S. are allergic to dogs or cats. And about two million people who have cat allergies apparently live with at least one cat in their households. For many pet allergy sufferers, the importance of keeping their pet outweighs the difficulties present due to their allergies. The major pet allergens are produced in glands in the skin […]