When Your Dog Is Itching to Travel

Traveling with your dogs to another climate can trigger environmental allergies. This week, Buster and Ty give you tips to help salvage your trip when your dog can’t stop scratching.

Buster: No one told me when we started this traveling thing that we would be going places that would make me itch!

Ty: Honestly, who would have guessed? But whatever has gotten under your skin has us all irritated. Your incessant scratching is disturbing my beauty sleep.

Buster: At least you don’t have to wear DogMa’s t-shirt! I’ve been traumatized.

Buster in T-shirt

Ty: It’s for everyone’s protection. The fur bunnies you were creating could have eaten me!

Buster: I went to the emergency vet, and she said I’m probably allergic to the grass or the mold that grows everywhere here in the northwest. I was so relieved it was nothing more serious, I laid right down and went to sleep!

Sleeping at Vet

Ty: Couldn’t they have given you a shot or something?

Buster: No, I have some allergy pills and I got to have a bath with a nice oatmeal shampoo!

Buster getting a bath

Ty: I read the side effects of those pills. It says they might make you dopey – like we’d be able to tell the difference.

Watching your dog suffer with allergies can make everyone miserable. Follow these tips and make sure pet allergies don’t ruin your next trip!

  • Talk to your veterinarian before you leave on a road trip about the proper allergy medication and dosage for your dog. Note: It can take two weeks or more for these medications to have an impact on skin allergies – so it’s normal not to see immediate improvement.
  • Pack a good anti-itch shampoo in your dog’s travel bag.
  • Consider bathing your dog when you return from a hike or a walk through vegetation to which he might be allergic.
  • Use a wet paper towel or wet wipes to remove any pollen from your dogs feet, legs, and belly after every outing.

Fall allergy season is right around the corner. Do you have any other suggestions that might help an itchy dog?


  1. At times I wonder if my pit mix has an allergy to grass. How did they for test that? My boy will like his front legs, mostly after it rains, but also when its real dry out. Just curious.

    I’m glad your furkids issue is controlable!

  2. Hi Brenda! The vet didn’t really test for allergies – it was more of an educated guess. The Pacific northwest is well known for it’s pollen and mold count, which leads to a lot of allergy issues. I guess the proof that it actually was allergies is that the itching stopped once Buster started the medication. Good luck with your pittie – figuring out what a dog is allergic to is a very difficult process.

    • Thank you! He had a food allergy when we first got him. Finally nipped that in the butt. He eats nothing but Taste of the Wild now. I’m going to watch his licking thing. He doesn’t do it all the time. Possibly, he’s grooming himself. :-) He’s such a ham! Btw, great website you have here! Look forward to reading more!

  3. Giving your dog extra Vitamin E and Omega vitamins can help keep healthy oils in your dog’s skin (especilly if they have dry skin).

    Also we humans can pick up poison ivy and oak from our dogs. Definitely wipe them down after a good hike through the woods.

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