My parents have a dog and multiple cats. As a result, my mother vacuums daily and wants to get rid of all the carpeting in the house because of how much pet odor gets absorbed. We went to my aunt’s house for Thanksgiving, leaving the dog at home because of a previous visit that had him doing some interior redecoration of her house. He’s also not at his best around other dogs, which there would be at my aunt’s home, including an overly aggressive Pomeranian. There was also two medium sized dogs which were better behaved. When we got home, my mom, my sister and myself all had eyes that were watery because of all the dog dander. I don’t know whether it was because all the dogs were longer haired, my aunt’s housekeeping, or if it was because we were around dogs whom we weren’t accustomed to being around. It could a have been a combination of the three. That’s part of the reason why I’m not a fan of dogs in the workplace.
Dear Islgirl, I am NOT a dr or nurse, but I do have some personal experience with anxiety/panic disorder and antidepressants. The very first thing I am going to suggest, it to get in touch with your dr, ask if she will prescribe you a benzodiazepine for right now, to help with the extreme panic and anxiety. Also ask her if she has checked your thyroid and your hormone levels, both thyroid and hormone imbalances can cause pretty severe anxiety. If this has NOT been done, it needs to be done, soon. Panic and anxiety disorder tends to run in families and is worst when the person may be going thru puberty, menopause or pregnancy. It sounds like you do need a benzo for right now, even if it is short term. My understanding of serontonin syndrome, is that it occurs when someone is on major amounts of ssri's or ssnri's.