Meet Adam, The Dog Who’s Allergic to People

A rescue shelter discovers a black Labrador in their care is allergic to humans.

By Cari Jorgensen | Posted: October 16, 2014, 9:30 a.m. PST


A black Lab named Adam was rescued by the Lucky Dog Retreat Rescue in Indianapolis. By all accounts he looked desperately in need of rescue. Parts of his fur were missing, evidently from excessive scratching. I don’t think any dog lover would have the heart to turn this poor creature away.

As rescues do, staff at Lucky Dog took care of him. They gave him the best food they could, got rid of his fleas and even gave him special veterinarian-recommended baths.

Adam began to look better. However, it was easy to see that something was still wrong. A blood test revealed he had allergies.

All of us probably know of at least one person who is allergic to dogs. The dander is too much for them to take, and they sneeze and their eyes water. Some may even have a more severe reaction. Ever since the allergy became more prevalent, we’ve been hearing all about hypoallergenic dogs, said to be designed to not cause symptoms in those with allergies.

Adam, it turns out, is allergic to humans.

Just as animal dander affects people, human dander affects Adam.

While the rescue has used a cone and pajamas as a workaround to keep Adam from scratching, there may be a more viable solution.

"The vet seems to think we can fix him,” Lucky Dog President Robin Herman told ABC News. "They put a serum together just like with kids’ allergies and other dogs’ allergies, and he starts on allergy shots this week.”

To learn more about Adam, visit the Lucky Dog Retreat Rescue website.

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anne   henrico, Virginia

10/21/2014 5:01:35 PM

My first rescue basset was allergic to human dander among other things. The specialist created a serum for her and it really helped. Good luck Adam!

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Eileen - 249708   Port Perry, ON

10/17/2014 4:03:40 AM

It is wonderful what can be done for animals with special needs.

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