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Tonyh
29-06-2008, 03:35 PM
Hi all,
I thought i would share this with you as i bet a lot of people dont consider it when taking in a rabbit.
I had a woman recently knock on my door because she had 4 rabbits that were her grandchildrens. Now she asked if i could help her find homes for these rabbits. My first question was why as she had only had the rabbits for 6 months. Im allergic to them she said. Being synical about the Phrase "im allergic to em" I asked if i could go round and see her with them i also took a grooming comb with me which will be revealed why in a second.

We got to her house and i asked her to get me a bunny out to see what happened to her when she held one. Sure enough she scooped this bunny up into her arms along with all the hay that was stuck to the little darlings fur and immediatly she started streaming with tears and sneezing. I told her to put it back and she offered to make me a cup of tea, so while she was doing that i groomed the rabbit she had just held getting rid of all the hay and bits of grass and took the rabbit to sit down with me. She brought in the tea and we sat there chatting. once i knew her mind had been took of the situation i passed her the bunny.
Guess what -
Hey your right no allergy she had hay fever and not a reaction to the poor little fluff balls as i suspected.

I recomended she get herself some dust masks from b&q or somewhere and that was that.

Her and the bunnys are now living a playful life together and she promises the buns are now there for life.

Tony

Indiechic
29-06-2008, 03:38 PM
Its a difficult one this.. I love bunnies that much that i wouldnt, but if it makes you that uncomfortable, surely it is not fair on either the owner or the animal.

IMO tho.

but she shouldn't have said she has an allergy if she doesn't as that makes genuine people look fake.

Tamsin
29-06-2008, 03:40 PM
Yep, there are definitely some people that use it as an excuse but must be some genuine ones out there too. I guess people don't think to check if it's the bedding.

Tonyh
29-06-2008, 03:41 PM
Now that she uses the dust masks she is fine with them she is actually medically diagnosed as having hay fever but i didnt ask her that first as i wanted to prove it wasnt the bunnys

loopylop
29-06-2008, 03:45 PM
My hubby is very allergic to some of the hay we have used in the past... good job it was after we had the buns for years. If that happened when we first had them, our natural instinct would think it was the fur!

Was easily solved when we changed hay though :thumb: It is definitly worth considering that it isn't the animal but the hay/bedding.

Amy & Amber
29-06-2008, 03:47 PM
I am allergic to hay but I couldnt not keep bunnies. I wear gloves and a mask when it is hay fever season :D

drpengie
29-06-2008, 03:52 PM
I am allergic to hay but I couldnt not keep bunnies. I wear gloves and a mask when it is hay fever season :D

me too. Forgot my gloves last night and I paid for it!! :(

donnamt
29-06-2008, 04:07 PM
i have a minor allergy to hay.. i sneeze a solid 20 mins when i top up the hay for my pair....

im more allergic to work tho and cant give that up so my buns stay too :lol::lol::lol::lol:

Lindt bunny
29-06-2008, 04:25 PM
I have mild hay fever or whatever but i take liquid piriton (I don't need a whole dose so the tablets would be too much) all year round to combat it and I never have any problems.:D

Besides, I knew this and checked and checked again before taking on the responsibility of owning a rabbit.

Works for me!

K x

catherine
29-06-2008, 04:53 PM
Our GP once told my Mum that she was allergic to rabbits and that we should think about moving him (Mum was gutted as she adores Tango and said she's rather sneeze and cough). I decided that her symptoms only started when I changed Tango's bedding to megazorb so changed bedding and guess what Mum not "allergic" to Tango anymore!

clutterydrawer
29-06-2008, 04:58 PM
Its a difficult one this.. I love bunnies that much that i wouldnt, but if it makes you that uncomfortable, surely it is not fair on either the owner or the animal.

IMO tho.

but she shouldn't have said she has an allergy if she doesn't as that makes genuine people look fake.


In this case she probably genuinely believed she was allergic though.

My housemate is highly allergic to my buns, he sneezes if he sits on a sofa they've been playing on, although interestingly he's found its become less acute with repeated exposure.

kelly-joy
29-06-2008, 05:01 PM
Its rabbit dust that sets me off I have always had it since a was a child we had 28 rabbits when I was younger and the docs said to my mum you have to re home your rabbits its the dust that causing her problems and mum said to me well the doc says its the rabbits that are making you feel this way so shall we find them new homes darling I said no no no mummy I just live with it and that was that I did and I have sort of grown out of it but sometimes I get it really bad but no way am I re homing any of my fur babies.Gosh some doctors what planet are they on?

Cornishlass
29-06-2008, 05:53 PM
My husband says he is allergic to rabbits and I tried to prove that it was the hay. He WON'T have it to be. I had the rabbit in while he was at work - and he came home and was fine.... Then he came into the garden and yes, there was hay etc around and he touched the rabbit and suffered an acute attack - brought on his asthma and had to be nebulised. He is CONVINCED! it is the rabbit. I am not...

He has been away this week and I let the rabbit in. Yes, he poo'ed and ran around, climbed on hte chairs etc but I hoovered and opened the windows before DH came home. He hadn't noticed anything. I stupidly told him and he went off on one - how I had broken my promise not to bring him in the house etc, I said I didn't think it would matter with you not being here! He said The hairs would still be in the house and he'd be ill - but he wasn't. But I can't get him to change his mind....

ambers mummy
29-06-2008, 06:01 PM
i think lots of people use that as to why they cant keep there pets ect but some times its true and some times not of course the hay ect i wouldnt of thought of that :lol: my boyfriend has hay fever but seems to be ok at the mo

AnnaDelie
29-06-2008, 06:06 PM
I'm very allergic to cats, but not to buns (I think it's an allergy to their dry saliva).

I went to a big family farm near us a couple months ago - they have around 50 breeds of rabbit in this barn conversion - I got VERY allergic and came out with ichy blotches all over my face. I've never had a problem with my own buns, as you say, it's more of an allergy to dust or hay than bunnies :D

Thea & Bobbin
29-06-2008, 06:16 PM
I am allergic to the Timothy hay I feed Bobbin and Roo.... I sneeze like a mad thing and my eyes itch every time I get another handfull out for them, so 4-5 times a day! :shock: But I wouldn't change it for the world and have a couple of masks on hand for when it gets bad :lol:

Oddly enough, it is only Timothy hay that makes my hayfever react :?

Well done on showing her that it was not her little babes that were getting up her nose! :thumb:

fluffiebunnie
29-06-2008, 06:21 PM
It is actually the RABBITS that I am allergic to. I suffer quite badly with allergies and hay fever and even with a fully brushed and groomed bunny they still make me sneeze and my eyes get all irritated...

But even knowing its the rabbits and not the hay, I would not get rid of the rabbits. They are outside and I can tolerate them in the fresh air.

parsnipbun
29-06-2008, 06:49 PM
You may think this is mad BUT I am allergic to un-neutered male buns. Now everyone I know thought this was mad as well - and that I was making it up - especially when i added that i was allergic to other male animals if not neutered (esp mice, but including cats).

However . . . the other day I mentioned this in passing to my vet (as we happened to get on to allergies), and she was really interested and said that there were often studies done of some kind of scent nerve in humans that was often claimed to be underdeveloped or wasted away that specifically detected pherenomes in other species etc. Turns out that if you do have this developed or present or whatever then you WOULD be allergic (or at least react) to animals that were more hormonal.

I am also allergic to the poos that the males leave when they think there has been another rabbit in their area - (even if they are neutered males) and she explained to me that these particular poos go via a special area in the rear of the bun that coats them with extra smelliness (NOT caecals).

Apparently I'm really interesting (LOL). Less fortunate is the fact that one of our rabbits has a bit of a heart problem and cannot be neutered!!! (achoo!!).

Anyway - if you think you are allergic to rabbits or find someone that is - try asking first if they have an un-neutered male and if they have then suggest neutering first before having to reome (not sure if you can also be allergc to females).

PS This is NOT an 'april fools'!!

PPS A bit ironic that I have just found out that I am classed as an 'alpha buck' on RU!! Will have to work towards being a mamma doe!

Tonyh
29-06-2008, 07:02 PM
You may think this is mad BUT I am allergic to un-neutered male buns. Now everyone I know thought this was mad as well - and that I was making it up - especially when i added that i was allergic to other male animals if not neutered (esp mice, but including cats).

However . . . the other day I mentioned this in passing to my vet (as we happened to get on to allergies), and she was really interested and said that there were often studies done of some kind of scent nerve in humans that was often claimed to be underdeveloped or wasted away that specifically detected pherenomes in other species etc. Turns out that if you do have this developed or present or whatever then you WOULD be allergic (or at least react) to animals that were more hormonal.

I am also allergic to the poos that the males leave when they think there has been another rabbit in their area - (even if they are neutered males) and she explained to me that these particular poos go via a special area in the rear of the bun that coats them with extra smelliness (NOT caecals).

Apparently I'm really interesting (LOL). Less fortunate is the fact that one of our rabbits has a bit of a heart problem and cannot be neutered!!! (achoo!!).

Anyway - if you think you are allergic to rabbits or find someone that is - try asking first if they have an un-neutered male and if they have then suggest neutering first before having to reome (not sure if you can also be allergc to females).

PS This is NOT an 'april fools'!!

PPS A bit ironic that I have just found out that I am classed as an 'alpha buck' on RU!! Will have to work towards being a mamma doe!

This is something i have never ever heard of and im now intrigued to find out more tried googling it but cant find a thing did the vet say whether the allergy had a name or anything that may help me to search for info on it

parsnipbun
30-06-2008, 12:21 PM
will try and ask her about it again when next there (probably this week with a vhd jab).

parsnipbun
30-06-2008, 12:25 PM
Quick google search - think this is what she was talking about - although people are now roughly agreed that we can react to other humans much debate still on whether it is so stunted in humans that we cannot usually use it to detect other species:

"vomeronasal organ (VNO) for pheromone detection in other species and possibly in humans"

xShellx
30-06-2008, 12:42 PM
Im allergic to alot of things thats why I have no animals in the house. Im highly allergic to horses, cats and hamsters. Im fine with the rabbits outside but I take a antihistomy tablet before cleaning them out. And I always wash my hands anfter handleing them and I havnt had any problems. I think im more allergic to there bedding than them. I love my bunnys to bits and I love watching them having fun in there 13ft run!

I got some piggies 2 weeks ago and not had any problems with them

Also when I took my buns to the vets in the car my oh was complaining he was allergic to them as he coudlnt stop sneezing. The next time we took them to the vets I put newspaper in the carrier insead of straw and he was fine so it wasnt the buns

BunnyBekkie
30-06-2008, 12:55 PM
I'm allergic to animal hair. Dog, cats, rabbits anything furry. Dogs I'm worst with though as my body isn't used to them.
I was brought up with cats, and I only have a reaction to them if I've not been around them for a while. Terrible when I go to my Mum's now. Used to be really bad with bunnies but i'm having barely any reactions now. Swollen lips every so often but that's as bad as it gets.

I have to have my allergy tablets every day as I get really bad hayfever

ecudc
30-06-2008, 01:11 PM
I'm allergic really allergic to cat hair and horses, thankfully we found this out before adopting a cat which we were thinking of doing when I was younger. Our vet has a nurse who is highly allergic to bunnys.....as soon as I walk in the room she starts sneezing and it's not the hay she is allergic too as she is fine with piggies apparently.

Often it is an excuse, sometimes it will be a hay allergy and othertimes people can be allergic to rabbits, same as any other thing.

bramblewillow
30-06-2008, 02:49 PM
my husband does have an allergy to rabbits well to all pet fur but he loves the bunnies so much he endures it. he takes antihistamines daily and still sneezes and eyes stream when he picks them up - the stupid man still insists of kissing them!!!

suppose it depends how much you lovee your bunnies as to whether you put up with the allergy.:love:

Mr Cookie Bun
30-06-2008, 04:07 PM
:wave:

I've got 3 cats and I'm allergic to one of them :cry: It's because of her hair - she's really soft and fluffy like a kitten. My other 2 are wiry haired. I put gloves on to pet her and no pets are allowed in our bedroom. My 13yr old daughter thinks it's great because the cats sleep in her room so I stay out!

ZakuraRabbit
30-06-2008, 05:59 PM
I'm allergic to hay (well grass according to my test, but it applies to hay too) but only in large quantities. So I've been able to keep rabbits even in my own bed room, as long as I don't fill the cage up with hay, but only leave enough for them to eat in the hay rack, which of course means I have to change it more often. :roll:
Now all the rabbits are outside, so I'm free to put in as much hay into their cages as I want to. Although one of my rabbits appear to have dust allergy:roll: But hers too appears to be minor as she does not react to the bedding or the hay (except for one time I bought a bag at the farming store, it caused both of us to sneeze...I only bought it as an emergency as it was expensive and only lasted for a week:roll:)

Angie65
30-06-2008, 06:02 PM
I'm allergic to hay & buns. Maybe just hay - but there's that much of it in the bun rooms, I've not a chance of escaping:lol:

I don't care though. that's what inhalers are for:lol: