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Q: 
I'm thinking of adopting a soft-coated wheaten terrier for my family. I have many allergies and found out that I am allergic to that kind of dog. Will immunotherapy injections be effective if I do the treatment while living with the dog?
A: 
A dog in the home would not be expected to interfere with immunotherapy injections. However, if you are very sensitive to dog, and you introduce a dog to your home, you may still have significant symptoms, despite immunotherapy. Many patients who start immunotherapy will see a reduction in symptoms within the first six months, while others may need to continue immunotherapy for a few years for symptom relief. Many patients who have both pet allergies, and pet(s) in their home, require a combination of therapies including avoidance, medication and immunotherapy. If you decide to adopt a dog, you should discuss potential strategies with your allergist.