By Lauren Fruen
A DOG owner was left dumbfounded after discovering her pet pooch was allergic to HUMANS.
Sabrina Sieck couldn’t work out why Cruella was repeatedly getting poorly after cuddles.
She took the rescue dog to vets and even tried wrapping her up in a protective coat.
Ripley Entertainment’s lead researcher Sabrina then arranged an allergy test for her pup – which revealed humans were the problem.
Now Cruella takes a special pill to help control her symptoms – which means she can enjoy hugs from her owner.
Sabrina, who lives with Cruella in Florida, said: “I adopted Cruella, a border collie lab mix, in 2014 and soon after realised something wasn’t right.
“It started with a mild skin irritation, progressed to constant itching and culminated into a nearly hairless puppy. It was a heartbreaking vicious cycle.
“According to vets, she was healthy. I tried different diets, baths, and to keep her somewhat comfortable. She even wore a Lycra body suit.
“Allergy testing then revealed Cruella’s surprising diagnosis was humans. Well, human dander.
“Just like you may be allergic to cats or dogs, cats and dogs can be allergic to you. I didn’t believe it at first.
“On top of human dander, Cruella is allergic to ragweed, thistle, melaleuca and pine trees, rye, ants and roaches.
“The next step was immunotherapy. All of her allergens were whipped up into a customised serum designed to desensitise her allergies.
“The immunotherapy used proteins of the allergens themselves to slowly teach Cruella’s immune system to tolerate people.
“Today, she is set and can have all of the cuddles. She still takes a pill on the day to day, but simply to manage her condition, just as you would a Claritin or Zyrtec.”
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Vets say pets can suffer from many of the same allergens as humans.
That means that, while very rare, they can be allergic to human dander.
Dander is made up of tiny cells shed from hair, fur, or feathers.