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Helping your dog cope with motion sickness

July 7, 2018

Travel sickness is quite common in pups and younger dogs. Often that first car journey home will leave a puppy nauseous and it might even vomit – no fun either for the pup or the person who has to clean the upholstery.

The reason this tends to happen in young dogs is that the ear structure which regulates balance takes time to develop, so by the time your dog is around a year old it may well have grown out of it – although not all dogs do.

If the first few car rides have made your dog travel sick, it may associate car rides with the condition, and if its trips have only been to the vet there may be accompanying stress. Try to always incorporate a nice walk into those early rides so your pet becomes accustomed to car journeys leading to good things.

The team at 35 Alexander Street, Bayswater, London, W2 5NU have compiled a list of how to spot signs your dog suffers from travel sickness and some ways to relieve it so everyone can have happy travels. If you’re still concerned about travelling with your dog, you can always contact us for more advice.

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Dogs can’t look ‘off-colour’ in the same way humans can, but there are other giveaway signs that it’s not enjoying the experience. These may include:

  • Inactivity, listlessness or uneasiness
  • Yawning
  • Whining
  • Excessive drooling
  • Sitting with head bowed
  • Smacking or licking lips

Treating Dog Motion Sickness

Try to make the car ride as comfortable as possible for your dog. Avoid winding roads and bumpy, pot-holed lanes. If your dog is facing forwards there will be fewer nauseating visual cues than if it is watching everything racing by out of the side windows.

There are specially designed dog seat belts to help with this, but another option is a crate from where it can’t see the outside. Putting the crate on a soft pile of material will help to make the journey smoother.

Some people also find certain herbs help – you could try a pillow stuffed with fresh, calming lavender near where your dog is sitting in the car.

There are various other methods of treating motion sickness, so why not call the team at Bayswater on 020 7229 2040 for more guidance on travelling with your dog?