Dog Allergic To Humans

by tessa

When we last left the saga of Maddie and her awful itching self, I told readers about the ill-fated elimination diet that I had tried for what seemed like forever.

It was then that the vet informed me that there was a blood test available to determine the major allergens that were causing Maddie’s distress.

Veterinary Allergy Reference Laboratory (VARL) ran their Liquid Gold test. After having blood drawn and waiting a week for the results, we received the report.

On a scale of 1-6, with 6 being the worst, the allergens are ranked by severity.  The report says that we should “consider Class 2 level and greater for allergen immunotherapy”

W. Ragweed 2
Plaintain 2
Russian Thistle 2
Cocklebur 2
Scale 2
Pigweed 1

Maple 2
Melaleuca 1
Oak 2
Eucalyptus 2

P. Rye 1


House Dust Mites:
D. pteronyssinus 2
D. parinae 2

Penicillium 2
Mucor 2
Cladosporium 2
Alternaria 1

Cockroaches 2
Mosquito 1
Fleas 1

Wait, WAIT!

You mean the number ONE allergen causing Maddie to lick and scratch herself, especially at night, is ME?


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lyndee May 25, 2010 at 8:02 AM

so what have you done with the results since? How is Maddie doing now that you have a better idea what she reacted to? Did you include the foods in the testing? Keep us posted!

Janelle September 21, 2010 at 8:59 AM

Hi, I also have a dog that is allergic to humans. I had the same test done. Human dander was a 5. She is also allergic to almost every type of grass,tree and bug. And, allergic to almost any kind of food she has ever eaten. However, the environmental and food allergies are just 1s and 2s. She is on antigen shots and takes cyclosporine.This seems to work for now, but I am worried about side effects. What treatments have you tried and how have they worked? It is nice to know that I am not the only one with a special dog.

Lisa October 14, 2010 at 7:41 PM

Just a three? My dog (yorkie) is a 5 for human dander! Started him on the hyposensitization shots and within the first week the results were amazing! He has been on the shots for approximately five weeks now and for the past three to four weeks he has slept all night long. When he was symptomatic, he was up all night, scratching, biting, chewing, and rolling around. Get the shots!

Deb February 23, 2011 at 4:42 PM

I have 5 ShihTzus but only one real problem “child”.
They all scratch and lick but Boo is especially skin sensitive so I had him tested thru VARL also. Like your baby, he is a 4 for human dander, 4 for Palm trees (We live in Hawaii), 4’s & 5″s for some weeds,grass,molds, dust mites and mosquito. He registers a 3 for beef, lamb, pork,yeast and oats.
Since all my fur babies are related, I have them on venison and potato and Boo gets his shot every 2 weeks since May of 2010. I also wash all my bed linens in hot water and steam my bedroom carpet once a week. I also lay a sheeet on the floor at night for those that end up there. Our bed gets a little crowded. lol Hope this helps.

Wendy November 22, 2011 at 6:53 PM

Hey I just got my Sofi’s lab work back today and I had the very same reaction as you did. Sofi is allergic to human dander too-among other things. And she isn’t allergic to one food-not a one. And of course that is the first place I started and spent a fortune trying to help her. Back to the food she likes and will start treatment. Now I know why the poor dog scratches and goes nuts. Aside from people I guess dust, molds and a few outside elements are also bothering her. It is really discouraging. Would love any advice you have. I will be giving her allergy shots at home. She cannot live like this forever. She just turned 3.

tessa November 28, 2011 at 1:17 PM

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