Allergists Dander Up About Obama Family's Quest For Dog

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

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President-elect Barack Obama may have a problem with one of his promises to a key constituency.

Obama promised his daughters a dog if he was elected, but noted at a news conference that one of his daughters is allergic so the pooch would have to be hypoallergenic.

Therein lies the problem. There's no such thing and doctors who specialize in children's allergies say kids who are truly allergic to dogs probably shouldn't get one.

The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology says it's a misconception that there are hypoallergenic dogs.

The academy says another misconception is "that people are allergic to a dog's hair, and it is falsely believed that a dog that sheds less will not cause a reaction."

No comment from the Obama transition team.


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