Dogs and motion sickness is more common than anyone would think. One thing you should know is that it is more common in younger dogs compared to older dogs. However, adult dogs can also become nauseous or anxious while riding in a moving vehicle. Dogs who only travel a few times a year typically associate the car ride as a stressful experience.
Your main priority should be to help your dog overcome the stress and anxiety of travel so they can accompany you on trips more frequently.
This will strengthen the bond between you and your dog! You may wonder how you can tell if your dog is experiencing motion sickness. Several signs include whining, lethargy, pacing, excessive drooling, vomiting, and diarrhea.
The good news is that you can prevent your dog from experiencing motion sickness. The best way to ease your dog’s travel anxiety is by taking several short trips before embarking on a long haul. Put your dog in the car, start the motor, and sit there without moving momentarily. It is essential to engage their senses. You can repeat that same process the next day, but back out of your driveway and return. Praise your dog and reward them for good behavior. Gradually work your way up to riding comfortably for 20 to 30 minutes.
We also recommend using a dog carrier or safety harness in addition to keeping the car cool and quiet. Bring a t-shirt or blanket from home because it will help comfort your four-legged friend during the trip.
Talk to your veterinarian if your dog needs help staying calm during travel. They may have additional remedies to help resolve the problem at hand.