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Question by niki
Submitted on 8/6/2003
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is there any truth to chihuahuas helping
humans with asthma?

Answer by leoj6@msn.com
Submitted on 8/9/2003
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I have two beautiful chihuahuas. One has dew claws and other doesn't, why?


Answer by chimama
Submitted on 8/11/2003
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1) No, there's really no substance to that rumor.  The problem with asthma and allergies is dander, not hair.  If you really want to try it out, go visit someone who has a chihuahua, see if it aggravates your asthma.

2) Congratulations!  Neither of mine has dewclaws on the back, that's fairly normal.  Both have dewclaws on the front, one of them only because I refused to put her under the knife to have removed something she was born with.  That seemed to me to rank right up there with cutting off tails and trimming ears just for looks (I feel so sorry for Dobermans!).  Some breeders do have the dewclaws removed, one less toenail to clip.  I wouldn't worry about it.


Answer by Sugaar
Submitted on 10/5/2003
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Asthma has a very strong psychological weight on its causes.  As pets can help psychologically by giving-receiving love they might help in dealing with asthma. But is not an specific attribute of chihuahuas.


Answer by Tracie
Submitted on 1/1/2004
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I have had asthma all of my life and am very allergic to many animals.  Until I became a Chi owner, I had not found a pet that I could cuddle without an inhaler nearby.  Don't know about the scientific connection but I can verify that I haven't refilled my inhaler prescription in a year.  Whatever the connection, I'm just glad it works!  Also, I agree that there are psychological triggers for asthma and maybe this is part of the influence, however, I have terrible environmental allergies ("hay fever") that is not triggered by emotional states and this condition has improved significantly.  Allergy "attacks" were always my trigger for asthma symptoms.  The allergies have improved so I supposed the asthma has followed suit.  I am curious as to whether there is some sort of immunity affect by these little creatures.  The theory behind allergy shots relates to exposing the individual to small amounts of their allergins until their body's response eventually lessens & the symptoms reside.  I have always been curious as to whether there is something about the Chihuahua (& likely some other creatures that we may cuddle up our faces & sleep with) that affects our immune/histamine triggers.


Answer by yoyo
Submitted on 6/30/2004
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I have pubic hair.


Answer by RGFDG
Submitted on 1/11/2005
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Answer by Carol
Submitted on 2/28/2005
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I grew up with a sister who had astma and my mom got a chihuahua which help alot. before we got the dog she was always having trouble breathing. and that was 40 years ago.. my mother-in-law lives with us and has asthma and we now have a chihuahua and have had him a year. She would have to take breathing treatments 3 to 4 times a week. She hasn't had a treatment in over 6 months. Charlie has gone to the vet to be checked because he was having trouble breathing this am and I know deep in my heart it is the asthma that was taken from my mother-in-law


Answer by Margaret
Submitted on 5/28/2005
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I was 9 years old and was having asthma attacks at the drop of a hat.   My parents bought me a chihuahua for my 9th birthday, and I swear to God, I never had another asthma attack.  I am now 45.   I don't know what it was, I just know that I never ever had another one.   My pediatrician at the time told my mother that he had heard some correlation between the two and said it wouldn't hurt to try.  A $35.00 vs. hundreds of dollars in doctor and hospital bills was a pretty good trade off.  


Answer by trixie
Submitted on 6/12/2005
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your retarded yoyo


Answer by Kimberley Jones
Submitted on 2/8/2006
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My husband has allgeries real bad and we have 5 chihuahua'sand a litter on the way that is the only dogs we can keep inside/outside,we had a RAT TERRIER, inside but he just couldn't pet it or be around it so we were forced 2 sell the TERRIER. And then my Son found 2 chihuahua'sfor sale,and I said (I'm sorry But we cant'thave a dog inside or outside you know your dad has allergies, so a day later he came to me and gave me some papers he had printed off the internet and he said, look doctors say if you have allergies and or asthma and you want a dog you should consider a chihuahua.) So we did and now we have 5 Chihuahua and a litter on the way.So if your gonna get anyone with allergies or asthma a dog get a chihuahua.
                      -Kimberley Jones


Answer by Isobel
Submitted on 2/18/2006
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I adopted a chihuahua puppy three years ago, and was curious whether she might help my asthma. Soon after, I quit smoking. I haven't used an inhaler since, but of course I assumed that was because I gave up the cigs. Last week I gave my chihuahua to a retired couple who can give her more time and attention than I can. Three nights ago I had my first asthma attack in three years. Anecdotal, yes. But I am now convinced that there is a connection.


Answer by mlg
Submitted on 2/27/2006
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Do Chihuahuas really help peaple with their asthma?


Answer by guitarstring
Submitted on 3/9/2006
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I have had a chi for about a month and I already see a difference in my wife's asthma. I can't speak to the scientific aspects of it, but I do know that our stress load has not decreased. I just know it works!!!


Answer by koko
Submitted on 4/11/2006
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i don't


Answer by momofthree
Submitted on 10/24/2006
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My sis-in-law breeds chihuuhuas and sells them as "asthma dogs." Her daughter was diagnosed with asthma and she bought one. It "cured" her daughter so she started breeding and selling them. She has not had a complaint yet. Most people come back and thank her for giving them this magnificent little creature that cures asthma. I have asthma-- and I am getting a chihuahua from her next litter. I am skeptical, but I'll keep you posted on what happens.


Answer by nutlick
Submitted on 2/8/2007
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shave your pubic hair and glue it to your nose...


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