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Sunday, November 11, 2007

It's The Leash You Can Do

This week we went to the allergist and our daughter's dog allergy was confirmed. Though it is not likely anaphylactic it is a serious allergy and does appear to have been the culprit in our daughter's scary swelling and skin reaction that resulted in my wife administering an EpiPen. The reaction appears to be in response to dog saliva. Hypo-allergenic dogs do trigger the allergy.

Given the severity of the reaction you can appreciate our concern when we are walking down our block and somebody is coming the other way with a dog that is off-leash. It also scares our daughter into our arms.

I urge dog owners to consider this the next time they are out for a walk. It is common for dogs to be up to 50 feet or more away from their owners when off-leash. We avoid designated off-leash areas as they are a concern. Outside of designated areas it is inconsiderate to have your dog off-leash.

1 comment:

Growing in Grace (Nicole) said...

This is one of my hugest pet peeves (no pun intended) and we don't even have the allergy to consider. Hope your daughter finds a way to cope with this.