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Why my Dog is suffering from Travel Sickness?

November 26, 2014 Leave a comment Go to comments

Pets with travel sickness

You love to travel around in a car and want that your pooch too enjoy. But, at times you must have come across situations when your dog starts vomiting or feels nausea when you take him for a long journey. Do you? This is motion sickness, which is common in some dogs. Just in a few car rides, you find that your pup’s motion sickness kicked in.  

By the time puppies are about 1 year old, many of them outgrow motion sickness

Pups are more likely to suffer from motion sickness than adult dogs. However, many adult dogs face travel anxiety and feel nauseous during travel. Some canines may have medical conditions that tend to nausea. In addition, others may be on treatments that can cause motion sickness.

As a pet parent, you need to know what all situations are triggering this condition in your furry pal.

Not all motion sickness relates to vomiting, there are other signs too to notice.

  • Whining
  • Pacing
  • Excessive drooling
  • Diarrhea
  • Lethargy
  • Uneasiness
  • Inactivity

Before starting to treat motion sickness in your dog, the first step you can do is finding the cause of it. Motion sickness is more common in puppies and young dogs compared to older dogs. This happens as the ear structures in puppies are not fully developed which are helpful in balancing. When in the first few car rides when the dog experiences nausea, then the dog begin to equate travel with uncomfortable sensations. Some dogs may outgrow out of this, but few relate car drives with nausea.

Travel anxiety is also the cause of nausea in some dogs. If you are taking your dog out in a car once or twice in a year that too for a vet visits, this imparts negative sensations resulting to motion sickness. Therefore, it’s better to take him for small rides to bring the sense of positivity related to car rides. If you find that even after several car drives, your furry pal is still suffering from nausea, then taking to a vet can help to solve this issue.

In case, your dog has developed a secondary fear of riding in cars, an animal behavioral therapist can help to determine the cause and can work out to ease the condition.

The best tip to lower your dog’s travel anxiety is by taking several short trips before turning on to a marathon drive.

Treatment for Motion Sickness

As a pet parent, you always want that your pooch is safe and comfortable with the things you want to enjoy with and car ride is not an exception. Well, to help you and your Fido to enjoy, here are a few simple tips to follow.

  • Before riding, withhold food and water intake of your pooch.
  • Play soothing music on the drive.
  • Help your dog face forward while traveling and ensure to buckle him with canine seat-belt.
  • Keep the vehicle cool.
  • Open car windows to half to equalize the inside and outside air pressures.
  • Refresh car interior with home scent
  • On a ride, take small breaks every 1 or 2 hour.
  • Keep easy access to water on a car drive.
  • Reserve certain toys for car rides
  • Before going on a long drives, take short car rides to places dog enjoys more like dog parks or dog restaurants. Do this, if your dog associate car rides only with trips to vet’s office.

Gradually, your dog will build up tolerance to car rides. If you still find that your dog is not coming out of motion sickness, then your vet can provide the best help. Consult your vet and find out the underlying cause for your pooch’s problem. Your vet may recommend some treatments to reduce their symptoms. He can also advice you to try some home remedies that involve natural herbs.

It’s not only your dog that suffers from motion sickness, the number is large, but fortunately there are ways to prevent it. When treating your pet never lose patience, and follow your vet’s instructions for the best outcome helping your lovable companion to come out of this.

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