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    Cf and Dogs

    It has been our experience that the love & companionship provided to Jordan by our animals is priceless. When Jordan was in the hospital for his spine surgery, my husband drove them to the hospital so that Jordan could be wheeled outside to visit them. <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-wink.gif" border="0"> He missed them, and this really boosted his spritis.

    If your child is not allergic, I wouldn't worry about it at all. An animal is a great way to teach a kid responsibility. Walking the dogs is exercise, which is something very important to anyone's health, but especially those with CF.

    Our kids have to give up play time to treatments & hospital stays. They need the everyday normal kid things like having a dog.

    Stacey

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    Cf and Dogs

    It has been our experience that the love & companionship provided to Jordan by our animals is priceless. When Jordan was in the hospital for his spine surgery, my husband drove them to the hospital so that Jordan could be wheeled outside to visit them. <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-wink.gif" border="0"> He missed them, and this really boosted his spritis.

    If your child is not allergic, I wouldn't worry about it at all. An animal is a great way to teach a kid responsibility. Walking the dogs is exercise, which is something very important to anyone's health, but especially those with CF.

    Our kids have to give up play time to treatments & hospital stays. They need the everyday normal kid things like having a dog.

    Stacey

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    Cf and Dogs

    It has been our experience that the love & companionship provided to Jordan by our animals is priceless. When Jordan was in the hospital for his spine surgery, my husband drove them to the hospital so that Jordan could be wheeled outside to visit them. <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-wink.gif" border="0"> He missed them, and this really boosted his spritis.

    If your child is not allergic, I wouldn't worry about it at all. An animal is a great way to teach a kid responsibility. Walking the dogs is exercise, which is something very important to anyone's health, but especially those with CF.

    Our kids have to give up play time to treatments & hospital stays. They need the everyday normal kid things like having a dog.

    Stacey

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    Cf and Dogs

    It has been our experience that the love & companionship provided to Jordan by our animals is priceless. When Jordan was in the hospital for his spine surgery, my husband drove them to the hospital so that Jordan could be wheeled outside to visit them. <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-wink.gif" border="0"> He missed them, and this really boosted his spritis.

    If your child is not allergic, I wouldn't worry about it at all. An animal is a great way to teach a kid responsibility. Walking the dogs is exercise, which is something very important to anyone's health, but especially those with CF.

    Our kids have to give up play time to treatments & hospital stays. They need the everyday normal kid things like having a dog.

    Stacey

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    Cf and Dogs

    It has been our experience that the love & companionship provided to Jordan by our animals is priceless. When Jordan was in the hospital for his spine surgery, my husband drove them to the hospital so that Jordan could be wheeled outside to visit them. <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-wink.gif" border="0"> He missed them, and this really boosted his spritis.
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    <br />If your child is not allergic, I wouldn't worry about it at all. An animal is a great way to teach a kid responsibility. Walking the dogs is exercise, which is something very important to anyone's health, but especially those with CF.
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    <br />Our kids have to give up play time to treatments & hospital stays. They need the everyday normal kid things like having a dog.
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    <br />Stacey

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    If you son isn't allergic to dogs, then really your only worry should be dust and other incidental issues that can come along with pets and it sounds like you're combating that well by keeping the dogs clean and well-groomed. I had a dog and a cat growing up and also rode horses daily, and I was healthier back then than I have been since I stopped riding and moved away from my animals to go to college! Animals aren't inherently dangerous to CFers, and like so many people have mentioned, they provide awesome companionship and love. Speaking as a CFer, I personally feel like if the dogs aren't a threat to your son from an allergy standpoint then the emotional effects of losing the dog "because of CF" would outweigh the possible dust issues.

    Have you considered a HEPA air filter for your son's room and or any carpeted areas of the house? They can really help with reducing the allergens in the air and might also give you some much-needed peace of mind.

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    If you son isn't allergic to dogs, then really your only worry should be dust and other incidental issues that can come along with pets and it sounds like you're combating that well by keeping the dogs clean and well-groomed. I had a dog and a cat growing up and also rode horses daily, and I was healthier back then than I have been since I stopped riding and moved away from my animals to go to college! Animals aren't inherently dangerous to CFers, and like so many people have mentioned, they provide awesome companionship and love. Speaking as a CFer, I personally feel like if the dogs aren't a threat to your son from an allergy standpoint then the emotional effects of losing the dog "because of CF" would outweigh the possible dust issues.

    Have you considered a HEPA air filter for your son's room and or any carpeted areas of the house? They can really help with reducing the allergens in the air and might also give you some much-needed peace of mind.

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    Cf and Dogs

    If you son isn't allergic to dogs, then really your only worry should be dust and other incidental issues that can come along with pets and it sounds like you're combating that well by keeping the dogs clean and well-groomed. I had a dog and a cat growing up and also rode horses daily, and I was healthier back then than I have been since I stopped riding and moved away from my animals to go to college! Animals aren't inherently dangerous to CFers, and like so many people have mentioned, they provide awesome companionship and love. Speaking as a CFer, I personally feel like if the dogs aren't a threat to your son from an allergy standpoint then the emotional effects of losing the dog "because of CF" would outweigh the possible dust issues.

    Have you considered a HEPA air filter for your son's room and or any carpeted areas of the house? They can really help with reducing the allergens in the air and might also give you some much-needed peace of mind.

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    Cf and Dogs

    If you son isn't allergic to dogs, then really your only worry should be dust and other incidental issues that can come along with pets and it sounds like you're combating that well by keeping the dogs clean and well-groomed. I had a dog and a cat growing up and also rode horses daily, and I was healthier back then than I have been since I stopped riding and moved away from my animals to go to college! Animals aren't inherently dangerous to CFers, and like so many people have mentioned, they provide awesome companionship and love. Speaking as a CFer, I personally feel like if the dogs aren't a threat to your son from an allergy standpoint then the emotional effects of losing the dog "because of CF" would outweigh the possible dust issues.

    Have you considered a HEPA air filter for your son's room and or any carpeted areas of the house? They can really help with reducing the allergens in the air and might also give you some much-needed peace of mind.

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    Cf and Dogs

    If you son isn't allergic to dogs, then really your only worry should be dust and other incidental issues that can come along with pets and it sounds like you're combating that well by keeping the dogs clean and well-groomed. I had a dog and a cat growing up and also rode horses daily, and I was healthier back then than I have been since I stopped riding and moved away from my animals to go to college! Animals aren't inherently dangerous to CFers, and like so many people have mentioned, they provide awesome companionship and love. Speaking as a CFer, I personally feel like if the dogs aren't a threat to your son from an allergy standpoint then the emotional effects of losing the dog "because of CF" would outweigh the possible dust issues.
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    <br />Have you considered a HEPA air filter for your son's room and or any carpeted areas of the house? They can really help with reducing the allergens in the air and might also give you some much-needed peace of mind.

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