Be Honest About the Intensity of Your Allergies
Dr. Modena says that if you're just experiencing mild sneezing or upper respiratory symptoms it's probably okay to keep your dog. But, "if you're experiencing eye symptoms, or someone in the house has asthma that's triggered by allergies, that's not something you can really live with. That starts impacting your quality of life."
Modena says that mild upper respiratory symptoms can be treated pretty effectively with over-the-counter allergy medicines, and that there are no long-term consequences associated with taking these drugs daily. However, Dr. Sublett says that you likely won't get a full 24 hours of relief from these drugs, even if they're advertised that way. One option is to take an allergy pill when you get home from work. The next day, when the drug is starting to wear off, you'll be headed into your pet-free office.