I read your post about your puppy. I have very bad asthma but I have always had poodles that don't shed. Most puppies have finer hair and dander than older dogs. So you may improve as your puppy gets older and develops adult dog hair. There are special brushes you can get to keep your puppy from shedding so much and that get rid of dander. Check at your pet store but be sure to use a good pet store. Some of the big chains do not have as good products as your local small pet store which usually carry the best brands of everything. If your dr. will give you a script for an allergy/asthma med that would probably help. But you should not be using a rescue inhaler every day, like albuterol. It is not good for your heart to use albuterol so often. I know how you feel because I had to give up 2 siamese cats years ago because they made my asthma so bad. Is there some one in your family who can do the brushing on the puppy? Also, can they help with dusting? If you do the work I would suggest using a face mask. You can get them at any pharmacy. Also, make sure to change your furnace filters every month. The 3 month ones that are sold do not actually last 3 months and the 1 month filters work very well and a box of 12 is cheaper than 1 three month filter. Also, if you have an air purifier that would be a big help, but not one that creates ozone. An ozone purifier can make you sick if not adjusted properly. I have a small air purifier in my bedroom that works well.If you keep your puppy in a crate make sure to put down soft towels for warmth and comfort and get some toys to put in the crate that he can play with. A clock that ticks is also soothing and if you have to leave the puppy in the crate when you go out leave a radio on with nice music. I hope these suggestions will help you. I have had dogs all my life and am a big animal lover. Take care and post again how you are doing. If you have other questions I will be glad to answer you.
I think you are on to something with the substance that was put on your carpeting for pet odors. It may have something that triggers asthma in it but maybe that will go away with vacuuming. The big RED flag you raised was the mold. Mold is highly toxic and if you have asthma it can really trigger an attack. As far as I know bleach seems to be one of the best cleaners for getting rid of mold. You need to check you house for any leaks from roof or windows or wherever water can seep in. Water can create the mold. There are products made especially to clean up mold but I don't know what products you have in Canada so can't advise you on anything here in the States. But I do know that bleach is supposed to get rid of mold. It will take some hard scrubbing and you will need your hubby to do this cleaning. Then if you have any leaks they need to be sealed up so no more water can get in. Keeping your bathroom very clean is going to be important for you to prevent future asthma attacks. I have had asthma all my life, I am 63, have been to 2 pulmonary specialists and had all the lung function tests and gone the gamut on the meds. So I think you can trust me on trying to help you with your asthma. Your hubby may need to take out the caulking around your tub or shower and put all new fresh clean caulking in. I know here in the US you cannot even sell your home if there is any mold detected. The real estate brokers will not list your house. Hope things will go better for you.
There are many lung function tests a pulmonologist can do to determine asthma without you having an attack. So if you can get to a lung specialist you might get better answers. Sounds though that the mold is the issue. Check all of your upstairs to see if you can find any mold and scrub it with bleach. All I can suggest right now is after you clean the bathroom, keep the door closed to see if that helps you. Keep posting so we know how you are doing.
Acasia, i am so glad all those products worked for you and you are feeling better. I hope this continues to work for you. I will keep you in ny prayers. I hope you have a very Merry Christmas and all good wishes for the New Year!