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June 20, 1994
Yours, Mine and Ours?
Phoenix, AZ-"Love me, love my dog." It was St. Bernard who
first uttered those words, though he probably never imagined they'd be
taken so seriously by contemporary couples who approach the altar with
Fido in tow. Of the roughly 741,000 couples who exchange marriage vows
this summer, 185,000 of them will probably have a pet allergy of one kind
or another-and an aversion to four-legged friends. For these individuals,
"I do" may not extend to Fido too. Though this may seem a trivial
matter when the caterer needs to be changed and the florist has gotten
far too creative for your budget, Cele Lalli, Editor of Modern Bride Magazine,
suggests that couples consider their furry family member first.
a serious problem if one of them doesn't want the pet around. If they
don't agree, it's going to be an elemental problem in the relationship
from the beginning," Lalli maintains. "There's going to be resentment
from both sides and in the end it may be one partner and pet against the
Like so many other details that need to be worked out when preparing
to enter marriage, a pet conflict is one thing couples must tackle up
front. Partners with allergies may have an objection to the animal because
of the discomfort they associate with the pet. "The best thing is
to deal with it directly. It's a terrible imposition on the person who's
allergic. When it comes to health versus a pet you have to make a tough
decision. You can work it out or choose either the pet or the person,"
Lalli states. "You need to say, 'I have this pet I love dearly and
I know you have a problem with it. Is there any way we can make this arrangement
work without adversely effecting your health?' You can't expect that its
going to change or fix itself once you've gotten married."
Pet allergies can be difficult to contain. Most stem from dander, saliva,
urine and a glycoprotein known as Fel d1 that's released from salivary
and sebaceous glands located at hair roots. For a couple trying to establish
a livable arrangement for pet, bride and groom, the answers can appear
limited. An allergist may be able to provide desensitization shots that
can cut down on the allergic reaction. Some accommodating spouses have
agreed to isolate their pet's activity to specific rooms in the house
or make the pet an outdoor animal.
Dr. Jim Humphries, noted television Veterinarian, suggests starting with
the basics in a situation where someone in the family has pet allergies.
"It's important to reduce the volume of allergens on the animal's
fur and skin," he maintains. Although you may think frequent bathing
is the answer, over a period of time, frequent bathing tends to dry out
the fur and skin, resulting in greater production of dander, scale and
flaking than would normally occur. The use of oil-based coat conditioners
to combat dryness is ineffective, since the oil in the conditioners actually
attracts and collects even more of those things that cause allergies in
the first place.
One alternative is a non-toxic grooming product called Allerpet. During
three years of laboratory testing and over a year of field testing, the
cleanser was proven to provide significant levels of relief to allergy
sufferers. The emollient cleanses the animal's coat of dander, saliva
and urine antigens and provides the necessary moisturizing and conditioning
to prevent aggravation of the situation. Specific formulas are available
for cats, dogs and birds at pet shops and vet clinics nationwide.
"With such things as regular grooming, good housekeeping, the use
of an electro-static air filter and products like Allerpet, you can reduce
airborne allergens to a manageable level," Humphries suggests, noting
that while these tactics won't eliminate the allergens altogether, they
should reduce them to a level that's tolerable for all involved. "You
have to keep up with it though," he cautions, "Being really
conscientious for one month isn't going to keep the situation under control."