If your partner is allergic to your pet, a good move would be to ask your partner to consult a doctor and possibly undergo a series of allergy shots.
On the first visit to the doctor’s, your partner should go alone, to be able to be completely open and honest during the consultation.
But on the next appointment, you can accompany your partner, so that together, both of you can decide the best option for treatment.
Lighten the burden as much as possible while your partner is undergoing the allergy shots, even if it’s as simple as driving and sitting with them during appointments.
“Make sure you are taking steps to eliminate pet dander by cleaning, keeping the animal’s hair short, utilising air filters, and keeping the pet out of personal areas, such as the bedroom.
“Above all, realise that, as the person who owns the pet, if you see your partner undergoing really horrible life-threatening reactions, you really should think twice about keeping the pet,” says Dr Juanita Mora of Chicago Allergy Center, the United States.
“The first step is to see an allergist and get tested to prove what the allergies actually are.”
Then explore your options, after seeing the doctor. Also, do as much online research as possible, so that you and your partner are aware of the risks and benefits of various treatments and alternatives, for example, allergy drops.
Make environmental changes, such as washing your dog or cat weekly, keeping the pet out of the bedroom, and cleaning the space as much as possible.
In a situation where you don’t already own the pet, consider fostering one first, or spend as much time as you can with the animal before getting it. – Tribune News Service/Chicago Tribune/Susan Moskop