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Hi everyone...i just wanted to jump in here with a conversation starter! Im just asking out of curiosity because i seem to not be able to find any information on the web about this!
Would you ever breed a lab who got food allergies from a parasite?
please be kind to me :) im new!
 

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I'm not sure I understand how food allergies and parasites are related.

But no, I'd not breed a dog (or breed to a dog) with allergies. To me, it's a sign that something is not quite right w/ their immune system. And allergies tend to be hereditary... just like in people. -Anne
 

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Allergies and parasites are 2 separate issues as stated above. Dog with allergies should absolutely NOT be bred...even tho the vets often state there is no conclusive proof that allergies are hereditary...but no proof they are not hereditary either.

Why would someone even consider putting another puppy thru allergies if there is the slightest chance it would be passed down the line???
 

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Having a dog with allergies, there is no way in Hell I'd breed her. It really wouldn't be fair to any future pups, or owners.

And I also don't quite get how a parasite caused the allergies. I am also crazily allergic to stuff, and I am pretty sure I don't have parasites.
 

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Having a dog with allergies, there is no way in Hell I'd breed her. It really wouldn't be fair to any future pups, or owners.

And I also don't quite get how a parasite caused the allergies. I am also crazily allergic to stuff, and I am pretty sure I don't have parasites.
Agree a million times over.

Maverick is highly allergic to EVERYTHING. Regular dog food, grass, certain dog bones, certain medications, etc- his breeder was very grateful that we told her and very much wanted that information. He may for all intents and purposes be a freak, but she wanted to know to prevent future allergic pups.

1) it's a huge hassle to deal with and 2) at least in my case, it's insanely expensive - he's on allergy shots, allergy meds, special foods, special wipes, has a dermatologist, and still has terrible flare-ups. Why create that for someone else?
 

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There was something on the net previously (I can't find it now) that exposure to giardia can/may cause future food allergies. Is this what you are talking about?
 

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There was something on the net previously (I can't find it now) that exposure to giardia can/may cause future food allergies. Is this what you are talking about?

Was it due to immune suppression at a certain time? If you can find that article, I'd be interested in reading it. I ran into one of my obed clients recently whose pup has had a really sensitive gastric system (bleeding!)... I remember her telling me he had a heavy parasite issue as a pup and now I wonder if there was any relation there????
-Anne
 

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i think that may have been the article i read!
i found it online saying that dogs can develope allergies to certain things after having a parasite!
 

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Regardless of where the allergies came from (never heard it coming from a parasite, but if that ghiardia link is true, i would like to find out more, though I have had 2 dogs with ghiardi and no allergies), they should not be bred. Allergies are passed along hereditarily, and you don't want to produce more dogs like that.
 

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Laura - did you find the article? If so, can you email/post the link for me? I'd like to show it to my vet, since Morgan had Giardia at 12 wks...and is my allergy boy! TIA!!!
 
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