Traveling with your dog is often difficult, to begin with, but if your dog has allergies, it can be even more complicated.
When your highly allergic dog goes to a new place, he’ll be exposed to all different kinds of new allergens, and the possibility of an allergic reaction is increased.
You probably want to protect your pup from discomfort and itching, but you may not be sure of exactly what you should do in unfamiliar territory.
Here are a few tips to help you ensure that your dog has a safe, fun, and itch-free trip:
1. Consider medication options.
Your vet has probably already told you how much Benadryl you can give your dog. So, you may want to bring some Benadryl on the trip and give it to your pup as needed. An added benefit of using Benadryl is that it will help calm your dog down during the trip if she suffers from anxiety.
If your dog’s allergies are particularly severe, you may want to take her to the vet to get a cortisone shot or to get some cortisone pills to take on the trip with you. Unfortunately, cortisone isn’t healthy for your dog to take regularly, and you may want to talk to your vet about the health concerns related to cortisone before you give your dog this medication.
2. Avoid taking your dog on nature walks.
It’s a good idea to avoid taking your dog for a hike in the woods in a new place. Your dog might have a lot of fun on the hike, but it could result in a lot of itching and discomfort. The trees and grass where your traveling will likely be different than the trees and grass where you live and can expose your dog to pollen and other allergens.
3. Pack the right shampoo.
If you know a certain medicated shampoo or over-the-counter shampoo works well to help relieve your dog’s allergies, be sure to pack it. If your dog does have an allergic reaction while you’re traveling, you’ll be glad you did.
4. Don’t give your dog any table scraps while traveling.
Dogs can have food allergies to just about anything. If you have a highly allergic dog, you probably shouldn’t be feeding him anything besides grain-free food and treats. Letting your dog indulge in people food while traveling isn’t a wise idea, no matter how much your dog begs for it. There’s no need to increase the chances of an allergic reaction on the trip.
5. Reduce your dog’s anxiety.
Anxiety in dogs can weaken their immune systems. And dogs with weakened immune systems are often more likely to have allergic reactions. So, do everything you can to make sure your dog feels safe, secure, and loved while you’re traveling.
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