You and your dog are going on an adventure. Sounds like a lot of fun right? Not if your dog gets travel sickness. A grand vacation can turn into a stressful nightmare in an instant if you’re worried about your dog getting sick. While dog motion sickness mostly affects puppies and younger dogs, it has been known to carry on into adulthood on some occasions. If your dog suffers from travel sickness, going on any sort of travel adventure, even a short one, becomes a stressful event for you both. If your dog experiences travel sickness, you should be aware of the symptoms, and the treatments, so you can do your best to make traveling a pleasant experience for your furry friend.
Signs of Dog Travel Sickness
- Excessive drooling
- Excessive smacking or licking lips
Below are a few Remedies for Pet Travel Sickness:
Make Your Dog Comfortable
You always want to ensure your dog is as comfortable as possible during your travel adventures. While some things are simply out of your hands, you should make every part of the trip that you control as peaceful as possible for your furry friend. Anything you can do to lower stress for your furry friend, do it. Stress is a major contributor for travel sickness in dogs, so do whatever you can to make your dog feel safe, and secure. When traveling in the car, you should make sure your dog faces forward, and avoids staring out the window. Looking straight ahead will lower your dog’s chances of vomiting. A great way to ensure your dog’s gaze is aimed forward is to use a seat belt specifically designed for dogs.
Take Their Mind off the Trip
Distractions are helpful during a trip. Have you ever noticed that when you’re sick, or just don’t feel well, if you have your favorite show or someone to spend time with, you don’t feel quite as bad? That’s not just because you find them comforting. Your mind is a powerful tool, so if you’re focused on feeling sick, you’ll feel worse. If you have something else to focus on, your symptoms won’t be the focal point, and the distraction will help you feel some relief. The same is true for dogs. Their favorite toy, or someone to pet them, might help them feel safe and distract them from the stress that often causes travel sickness. It’s good to take their mind off the fact that they’re doing something that makes them nervous, or sick, and get them to concentrate on something, or someone, that makes them happy.
Stuffy, hot cars are unpleasant for your furry friend, so make sure you keep your car cool and comfortable for you dog. Sometimes dogs suffer during car rides because of the air pressure inside the car. You might not notice it, but your dog is more sensitive to it. Rolling down the windows slightly can help reduce the pressure, and may relieve your dog’s symptoms, or at least lessen them.
Before Your Trip
A good tip when you’re preparing a travel journey with you dog is to limit your dog’s food consumption prior to the trip. Dogs with an empty stomach are far less likely to get car sick. Your dog shouldn’t eat within the 4-6 hours leading up to the journey. Make sure to keep your dog is well hydrated though. You don’t want to add dehydration to the list of issues your dog may face during travel.
If your dog still suffers from travel sickness after leaving the puppy age behind, and making small adjustments doesn’t help the situation, there are a few over the counter medications that you can give your four-legged friend to help decrease symptoms. Meclizine and Dimenhydrinate are often used to reduce nausea and vomiting.
For nausea you can also try ginger. Ginger snaps have been said to calm upset and nervous stomachs when consumed half an hour before the trip. You should always consult your veterinarian before giving your dog any kind of ginger, just to make sure your dog doesn’t show indications that ginger would be harmful. You also need a vet to help you decide how much ginger is appropriate for your pup.
Have a Vet Give Your Dog a Check-Up
Having a vet ensure that your dog is healthy, the medicine you’ve purchased won’t harm you pup, and you are giving the correct dosage is vitally important before giving any sort of medication to your dog. This is most certainly a better safe than sorry situation.
Traveling with your dog should be a fun, exciting experience for you both. When your dog suffers from travel sickness, it’s often anything but fun. Try these helpful remedies to give your dog the best chance of enjoying your future travel adventures.