Question of the Week from AAAAI
Posted 3/15/2010How do I prepare for plane travel if I have allergies to pets?
Cats and dogs are allowed in plane cabins which for some people may cause allergy symptoms, such as itchy and watery eyes, sneezing, coughing, wheezing and hives. If you are extremely sensitive to pets, you must have a plan in place, which often may include pre-treatment of your allergy and asthma condition by your allergist. Even when you have tolerated an allergen such as from a cat and/or dog, a subsequent exposure may provoke an asthma attack or a more severe allergic reaction, at that time.
Flying with pets has caused enough of a concern that in an editorial by the Canadian Medical Association Journal, a complete ban of pets on planes was recommended. The Canadian lung association also reported that more than three-quarters of those polled in a survey wished that airlines offered pet-free flights.
It is essential to have the proper prescribed medications on hand in your carry-on if you suffer from pet allergies, especially if you find yourself soaring at 30,000 feet with pets on your flight!
Please talk to me about this if it is a concern for you.