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Dog Car Sickness

Dog Car SicknessYou are driving towards your veterinarian hospital for your new puppy’s set of shots when you notice your puppy insistently licking his lips. Shortly thereafter, you notice stomach contractions and within a few seconds your puppy   has lost his morning breakfast all over your car seat. Concerned, you clean up as much as you can while wondering if your new pup may be suffering from motion sickness.

Young puppies are very prone to motion sickness and so are some adult dogs when they have not been well accustomed to traveling in the car. The key   solution therefore to help a dog suffering from motion sickness lays in getting   the dog gradually used to the car. Here are some vital tips to turn you dog into   a four wheel loyal companion.

  • Destination nowhere

Get your puppy or dog used to the car gradually. Ideally, simply bring your   dog in the car and bring along some treats, a familiar toy and yourself. Put   your dog in the seat and allow your dog to sniff around. Then just start the   engine and…. don’t go no where. What you are doing is simply getting your dog   used to the car, its smell and its noises. They toy allows the dog to still   smell something from home allowing reassurance. The treats are to tell him what   a good boy he was and to conclude this first session.

  • Empty stomach

An empty stomach may mean nothing to vomit. So this may help your dog and   yourself. Little food in the stomach means less mess to clean up. Ideally, avoid   giving food in the morning if you are planning a trip in the early morning or   simply as a rule of thumb, stick to not giving any food at least six hours prior   the trip. Water is OK to give, never withhold water unless directed by your   veterinarian.

  •  Visit the neighborhood

Now that your dog is familiar with the car smells and the noise, take a short   trip around the neighborhood. Watch your dog for signs of impending nausea such   as licking lips and appearing uncomfortable. If the dog does fine then he may   upgrade for a longer ride on another day. If he gets sick do not give up as of   yet, simply try again another day and be careful to drive slower and with open   windows. Always praise once back home right before getting out the vehicle   regardless of if he vomited or not.

  •  Go a few blocks away

Now that your dog is OK with visiting the neighborhood try to be bold and   drive a few blocks away. Make it a 15 minute drive. The good thing about driving   around is that this is also a good way for your dog to start to enjoy car rides.

  •  Keep the windows down

If you crack a window open the fresh air may help fight some of the   queasiness. However, be careful to just open them a little bit, especially if   you own a puppy or small dog. There have been mishaps of dogs escaping from an   open window or sticking their head out and getting injured by passing cars.

  •  Allow to look at the horizon

Just as people. dogs may feel better by riding in the front seat and looking   upfront. Investing in a dog seat belt may be helpful. These belts will ensure   your dog is buckled up safely and allow some piece of mind.

  •  Turn car rides pleasant

Some dogs seem to suffer from motion sickness primarily because they are   nervous. This may be the case if you bring your dog in your car only primarily   to see the veterinarian and get shots or other unpleasant procedures done.   Instead surprise your dog by taking him along to fun places like the dog park or   to a friend’s home.

  •  Make it smooth

Some dogs may do very well until you do that sharp curve or you take that big   bump. Try to be extra careful on how you drive being aware of anything that may   cause some turbulence in your car.

  •  Ask about Dramamine

Ask your vet about Dimenhydrinate if your dog still gets nauseated regardless   of all the above attempts. You should follow the vet’s advice for proper dosage   instruction. Dogs with glaucoma or bladder issues should not be given such   medication.

  •  Ace it with Acepromazine

As a last resort ask your vet about Acepromazine. This medication is given by  prescription only and it may cause drowsiness and other unpleasant side effects   especially in sensitive breeds. Usually this medication is given in moderate to   severe cases of car sickness and only occasionally when car drives are   inevitable.

  • Try Ginger Cookies

More and more pet bakeries are making dog cookies with ginger to help dogs suffering from motion sickness and other forms of tummy upset.

  • Car Sickness Supplements

There are several over the counter products that can help dogs suffering from car sickness.  If your dog is particularly anxious, look for calming supplements.

Your puppy or dog can easily turn out to be a nice car riding companion. All   it takes is some time, patience and praise for every sign of progress. Keep up   the training and very likely you will own a dog that will follow you just about   everywhere, from small trips to the dog park up to hour long trips when you are   moving across several States.

For further reading: Safety Tips for Pet Travel and Summer Car Travel with Dogs

*Disclaimer: All remedies suggested are not to be used as a substitute for   professional veterinary advice. If your pet is sick please refer to your   veterinarian for a hands on examination. If your pet is exhibiting behavior   problems please refer to a professional pet behaviorist.

2 thoughts on “Dog Car Sickness

  1. Marinda, you can try some natural remedies for car sickness. Is your dog nervous in the car? If so, try DAP collars or sprays. Alternatively, you can try Rescue Remedy or some ginger dog biscuits.

  2. hi I have a 10yr old kelpie/blue heeler, the apple of my eye,love her to bits,Jan 2013 had cancer and surgery,was very lucky she (Kimmi) pulled thru,love travelling,but taking Kimmi 5/8 kms down the road is as far as she gets,she gets motion sick, starts drooling really bad,and seems to get very nervous and unsettled,local vet strongly advises against any med,is there a home remedy i can try,have tried taking her for short trips,to no avail,have window down,and air con n breeze blowing for her,she has dinner at 5pm at night and nothing in morning before we head off,I live in Narrogin W.A and its a minimum of 2 hrs from friends and family, I would love any help you can give me. Regards Marinda and Kimmi

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