Adam, a rescued black Labrador, suffered from unexplained hair fall and skin inflammation for several months. He was recently diagnosed with the most unusual condition – he’s allergic to humans!
Adam had blisters and balding when Robin Herman and her staff at Lucky Dog Retreat Rescue found him. Robin tried everything to fix his illness but she ended up totally perplexed about Adam’s condition. She just couldn’t figure out what was wrong.
“We fed him the best possible food, got him flea free, gave him baths twice a week, special baths from the vet,” she said.
Since Robin couldn’t figure out what was wrong with the dog, she decided to take him to the vet to have his blood tested. The test done had confirmed that he is allergic to humans.
“I didn’t believe her (the vet) at first,” said Robin. “I thought she was kidding.” Robin was surprised to learn that just as humans can be allergic to dogs, they can also be allergic to us.
Adam was suffering from a specific condition. He is allergic to human dander – minute particles we constantly shed from our skin and scalp- that causes his skin to constantly inflame. The condition worsen to the point that it was driving him to scratch and bite himself constantly, and the folks at Lucky Dog had to keep his head in a cone all the time.
After knowing the dog’s condition, Robin took the initiative to find a vet who could provide some kind of allergy shot that would help alleviate the dog’s suffering. Fortunately, she found one.
The vet decided to use immunotherapy – a kind of treatment that uses the proteins of the allergen itself to slowly teach the body’s immune system to tolerate it. “They just put a serum together, just like with kids’ allergies and other dogs’ allergies, and he starts on allergy shots this week,” said Robin.
Robin swears that she has no intention of giving up on Adam.
“We raised as much money as we could and we’re not going to stop until he’s better. The vet seems to think we can fix him.”