My boyfriend and I were finalizing preparations to bring a puppy home, when I had a bad allergic reaction. Initially I thought it might be the cats that were living in the house with the puppies, but after seeing an allergist, it turns out I have a dog allergy as well. The allergist recommends I not get a puppy at this time as I could trigger asthma issues. (He can only give us a 50% chance of having a dog at the end of next year too.) Needless to say, I'm heartbroken, and my boyfriend is very disappointed as well.
The allergist does think I will be responsive to the allergy shots, and so we will be commencing those ASAP. But the recommended course will last about a year before they think it will be noticeably effective. And before we go about searching out a puppy litter next year, we are going to borrow my cousin's dog to see if the therapy took. We want to be very responsible about this and minimize any chance of disrupting the dog's life, which is why we aren't going ahead with getting Not Dewey at this time. (He'll find another wonderful home elsewhere, I hope.)
Things we are doing: I will be getting treatment for ALL my allergies, including cats and dust mites. Turns out allergies have a cumulative effect on the body, so any reduction elsewhere will also help. We're using allergy covers on the sheets and pillows, developing a better dust-and-vaccuum schedule, and reducing household allergens. In addition to the shots, I'll also be exercising, because endorphines are an allergy suppressant according to my allergist.
Are there any corgi owners out there who have to battle allergies? What do you recommend? We still really want to have a dog, although we will rethink this in a year if it turns out not to be in either my or the dog's best interest.