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HELLO EVERYBODYi was wondering how many of you have pets, and pet allergies,i read that pet allergies among the most common ones,that pet allergies also effect your digestion system also!!i have a golden retriever, thanks charlie
 
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I have a lhasa apso. I am not allergic to him. I am 17 years old and I've had my dog for about 8 years, and I have had IBS for only one year.Lindsey
 
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I have a cat and a dog, but I had them both before the IBS came. Interesting though. I am allergic to my cat, but not my dog.
 
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I've had IBS all my life and there were many times that I didn't have a pet. Right now, I have a wonderful Westie and his name is Marty, he is six and I love him to pieces. He knows when I am not feeling well and he comes and lies on the couch with me and he makes me feel so much better. I feel most animals are so caring and they are great in taking away some of the pain and depression. Can you tell, I love animals!!! Loretta
 
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I HAVE A ROTTWEILLER. I HAVE HAD DOGS ALL MY LIFE. I DEVELOPED IBS 10 YEARS AGO, SO I DON'T THINK I'M ALLERGIC. CUDDLING UP WITH MY DOG MAKES ME FEEL ALOT BETTER WHEN LIFE GETS STRESSFULL. I ALSO VOLUNTEER AT AN ANIMAL SHELTER AND MY SYMPTOMS DON'T SEEM TO GET ANY WORSE WHEN I'M WITH DOGS AND CATS ALL DAY.
 
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Hi Charlie!An interesting question.We have a cat, & I have no allergies so I don't think he effects my IBS at all....but he can be a real pain in the ass!
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I've got 2 dogs that live IN THE HOUSE with me and I had trouble long before them. Actually, they help me keep my mind off my gut pain!
 

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HELLO EVERYONE!I am new to the Internet, but the first thing I looked up was IBS. I was diagnosed with it about 10 year ago.In regards to pets I have a German Shepherd named Dakota. She is my best friend. She seems to know when IBS-D occurs. She snuggles up to me and takes my mind off of my stomach and the bathrom.
 
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I have had IBS and pets all my life. there were periods that I did not have the pets but the IBS stayed. The lil dog I have now I rescused from animal shelter. She is a reall sweetie and really helps me feel better a lot of times. Some days she is my reason for living. Plus she insist on taking a walk which is good for both of us.
 
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Hi Yo'all, I'm animal lover and sucker for hurt and homeless dogs and cats. I at present have 7 cats and 4 dogs all picked up off my newspaper route. they were all dirty, sick, and in some cases almost dead. They are one of the things that keep me going I know I have to take care of them. They are all loving and grateful. IBS was here for many more years. Mine started when I was in an abusive marriage and has never gone away even though I got rid of the irritant 14 years ago. ------------------norahs
 
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No, No connection to IBS here......I have a Dashound that is very docile and loving and of all things, a Basset Hound that is very calming and loving.......no stress at all in their lives........and a part-siamese that is OLD and loving too....very comforting to me to have these pets around......My IBS started when I moved across the state and had to "give up family and friends" many years ago....I don't think I ever adjusted to that move; however, I have since gone through much more traumatic situations other that just moving.......such as, death of a spouse; raising teenagers alone, getting them both through college, going to college myself, now breast cancer; all the time dealing with IBS.......much more traumatic than just "moving across the state"......go figure........Just returned from Thanksgiving vacation w/ my daughter in Atlanta......on the moterhome, which is the only way I will travel (potty is always there)....I didn't need it, but I had the security of it "being there"......kind of strayed away from the topic....Sorry.....No, I think pets (at least mine) are a very positive force in my life and "Help, not Hinder" the IBS..I've always had Pets, but not IBS...Bye, talk to ya'll later, and remember, ihaveittoo, Marinell
 
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Just in response to what everyone else said:My little shaggy doggy always knows when I'm not well. He cuddles with me until the pain goes away. He knows when I'm not well in the bathroom because he barks outside of the door until I come out. It is amazing how much a pet's love can comfort you when you're not well. My little guy can make me feel better, at least emotionally...just like it will all be okay.
 
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