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Many dogs experience motion sickness when riding in the car. This can prove to be a problem for people who want to take their dog with them to events, vacations, or even just the vet's office. Motion sickness in dogs is just like motion sickness for people. Their stomachs get queasy when they travel in moving objects like cars, planes, or boats.
Young dogs may experience motion sickness when riding in cars because their equilibrium isn't fully developed yet. As the puppy matures, motion sickness usually goes away. Older dogs who experience motion sickness might have had a traumatic experience involving riding in a car in the past that has left them emotionally scarred.
Symptoms of motion sickness in dogs includes excessive salivation, licking of the lips, whining, trembling, refusal to get in the car, vomiting, urination, and defecation. Some of the symptoms may only be seen in very extreme cases.
So what can you do to help a dog that suffers from motion sickness? You've got your canine friend all ready to go for a ride, but when you get to the car they refuse to jump in. Here are some tips to help your car sick dog.
- Time and Training - Taking your dog on car rides more often could help them overcome their fear and get used to going on trips. It could take time, however. It isn't something that will happen overnight.
- Antihistamines - Drugs like Benadryl have a mild sedation effect in most dogs. Diphenhydramine is a very safe drug and it could help your dog feel more calm when they ride in the car.
- Meclizine - This is another OTC drug. It's used to help ease a dog's nausea and relieve vomiting. It won't sedate the dog, but it might make them feel a little better.
- Ginger - Ginger is a holistic treatment that has been said to ease upset stomachs.
- Roll Down the Windows - If weather permits, rolling down the windows might help the dog feel better and give them some fresh air. It will also reduce the pressure inside of the car.
- Withhold Food - Don't feed a dog that is known to have motion sickness before riding in the car.
- Toys - Give your dog some toys to chew on while they ride in the car to help take their mind off of the trip.
- Get comfortable - Prepare a spot in your car for your dog to ride that is comfortable. You could place one of their favorite dog beds or blankets in the spot that they are going to ride.
Of course, never give any medications or supplements to your dog without consulting with your veterinarian first. You will need to make sure of the proper dosages of drugs and supplements before giving them.
If all else fails, a vet can prescribe stronger medications for when you travel with your dog. Drugs like acepromazine, which is a prescription sedative, can help extremely nervous dogs with motion sickness. It is commonly prescribed to pets who are traveling.
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Do you have a dog with motion sickness? What tips would you recommend for other dog parents?
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