Dog Carsickness: How to Deal With it
It’s nice to travel with your dog, particularly while you are driving your car. It’s a chance to give your doggie some bonus experiences that will make it more sociable.
However, your dog might start to feel unwell after or during the journey. Sometimes, it might even be sick on the car seat.
In fact, dog motion sickness can occur, even if you are only traveling a short distance.
Putting an end to dog carsickness by addressing the problem will make your journey to the local park, or anywhere for that matter, more pleasurable.
Causes of Dog Carsickness
Kids are more prone to car sickness than adults, and the same is true for puppies and younger dogs. Car motion sickness occurs in younger pups because their ears, which control balance, are not appropriately developed.
Some pets outgrow car sickness; however, this is not always the case.
If your pet threw up the first time you drove with it, it might associate the feeling of sickness with your vehicle. This could explain why it keeps getting sick during road trips.
Also, dog car sickness can be caused by stress, mainly if you usually drive your pet to the vet.
How do I Keep My Dog From Getting Carsick?
The majority of carsickness incidents with dogs are caused by stress, rather than the vehicle’s motion. Your pet might conceivably associate car rides with anxiety or vomiting.
Typically, the end destination of your journey is what causes your dog to become sick or worried. A kennel stay or vet visit might be everyday worries that your pet has.
Physical, emotional, or mental turmoil might be linked to any car ride.
12 Dog Carsickness Tips
- Ensure that your pet has not eaten before the journey. (The majority of dogs do not fall sick when they have an empty stomach before a trip, but it all depends on your pet. You could give your pet some water to drink, although this might not work well, either. Alternatively, some dogs do need to eat something to stop car sickness).
- Take the toys your dog loves with you.
- Alter your dog’s mental associations with being in a vehicle.
- Take someone along who will distract and calm your pet while you travel to your end destination.
- Select a quiet, tranquil destination that has lots of space, such as a park close to your house.
- Stop regularly. (Some pets can cope with long car journeys, but others cannot) – A sensible rule of thumb is to make a stop after one or two hours, let your dog stretch its legs, use the bathroom, and drink some water.
- Keep your car windows open.
- Highlighting the scenery can stop your dog from getting sick. (Be sure that your pet has a good view of the scenery you drive past).
- After you get to the local park, have fun with your pet, and make the day pleasurable.
- When you drive home, ask your passenger to keep your dog calm.
- After you arrive back home, do some more playing with your pet as you did in the park.
- Give your pet some treats to eat, after a bit of rest.
- All of this should stop your dog from associating the car journey with sickness or anxiety.
If nothing else works, request some dog motion sickness medication from your vet. Most vets prescribe Dimenhydrinate (Dramamine). This drug is also used by people who suffer from motion sickness. But, you must ask the vet what is the correct dosage for your dog because size matters!
Natural pet calmers can also produce good results. One preventive, holistic method is to spray ginger, chamomile, or natural peppermint scents inside your vehicle. Try different tactics with your pet to determine what is most effective.
Dog Motion Sickness Symptoms
Always be alert to ensure your dog is safe and well. Here are the things to check for, when taking your dog on a road trip:
- Lots of drooling
- Regular whining
- Incessant yawning
Please comment below to give us your advice for stopping dog carsickness!