Raining Cats & Dogs

Pet tips: Motion sickness

Many dogs, especially puppies, are susceptible to car sickness. The good news is most dogs will outgrow motion-induced car sickness. If he's having a particularly hard time with travel, talk to your vet about using Dramamine. Keep in mind that Dramamine can cause drowsiness and give your dog a chance to rest and recover from the medication upon arrival. First, try the following tips to help prevent motion sickness:

Remove food or water right before the trip; dogs travel better on an empty stomach. If your dog doesn't tolerate traveling with the munchies, give a quarter of his normal food before leaving.

Take rest stops. You know your pet best--learn his signs of motion sickness and stop accordingly. Some dogs travel fine for hours; others need to stop frequently.

Open the window enough so your dog can take in some fresh air, but not so much that he can jump or fall out of the window.

If your adult dog is still having problem drooling and or vomiting in the car, try the following steps for re-conditioning:

Start and proceed very slowly

Sitting in the car with him for five minutes every day without the motor running.

When he seems comfortable, start the engine while you are still sitting with him and continue daily.

After several days and when he seems comfortable with the motor running, drive a very short distance (200 feet).

Repeat process, and when he seems comfortable, drive a little farther.

If at any point he gets uncomfortable again it probably means that you moved too fast so back up a step.

This is a slow and arduous process, but the payoff is a companion who will love being your constant companion.

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