My dog gets car sick: what to do?

Some dog parents regularly face this problem. Why does car sickness happen and how to help your pet?

Why does your dog get car sick?
Dogs can get motion sickness in all types of transport, not just cars.

The explanation is simple: the dog is not moving, but his/her vestibular system “thinks” the opposite (this happens because some movement or shaking is unavoidable while driving).

And if the dog is also scared of cars, the situation only gets worse.

How to understand that your dog gets motion sick?

You can recognize motion sickness by the following symptoms:

1 Shivering.

2 Excessive salivation.

3 Anxiety (whining, constantly moving around and changing the position).

4 Increased heart rate.

5 Vomiting.

6 Diarrhea is possible too.

What to do in this situation?

▫️1 Don’t feed your dog before the trip (stop at least 3 hours before, but better even earlier).

▫️2 Walk your dog well before the drive.

▫️3 Don’t use any perfumes or flavored sprays, don’t smoke in the car.

▫️4 Speak quietly, don’t listen to loud music.

▫️5 Open the window a bit, so that fresh air can get inside.

▫️6 Don’t drive fast and try to go around any bumps in order to minimize shaking.

▫️7 Stop every now and then. Let your dog go to the toilet, drink and walk around for a few minutes.

▫️8 Make sure you have wet wipes, mats and towels, in case your dog gets sick and vomits.

▫️9 Sometimes it’s also useful to consider medication. However, before getting any – consult a vet. Almost all medications have side effects, and even if it helped your friends’ dog, it might make your pet feel worse.

Have you ever dealt with this problem? What helped your dog? Share your experience! ⬇️