Animals Pets Meet the Dog That's Allergic to People By Manon Verchot Writer Columbia University University of Kent Manon Verchot is an environmental journalist. She has worked in many countries, but now lives in New York and is a digital editor for Mongabay. our editorial process Twitter Twitter Manon Verchot Updated September 05, 2019 Share Twitter Pinterest Email Animals Wildlife Pets Animal Rights Endangered Species When Adam, a Black Labrador, arrived at the Lucky Dog Retreat Rescue in Indianapolis, his skin was cracked and hair was falling out. He couldn't stop scratching and biting himself and his caregivers were at a loss for what to do. They thought Adam's hair loss was caused by fleas, but even after he was treated for fleas the symptoms persisted. "We fed him the best food possible, got him flea free, gave him baths twice a week, special baths from the vet," Robin Herman, Adam's carer, said in the Huffington post. Adam couldn't catch a break. The love and attention he was getting from his carers was not helping. That is, until a vet did a blood test and uncovered the truth: Adam is allergic to humans. "I thought [the vet] was kidding," Herman told RTV6, "she said just like we can be allergic to dogs, he's allergic to human dander." Dander comes off us all the time. It's the flakes of skin and bits of hair that come off as new cells push through. And it was causing extreme itchiness for Adam. Luckily for him, the vet had a solution. Adam started regular doses of a serum that help his body adjust to humans, reported the Daily Mail. The Lucky Dog Retreat Rescue expects Adam to start getting better soon.