Dec 18 2015

Traveling Tips for the Car Sick Dog


It’s that look … you know the one. It’s like he’s trying to say, “What? You’re leaving me?!” You can try explaining it to him again – for the millionth time – that he gets sick in the car and he’ll be miserable if you take him along. But your dog doesn’t understand what you’re saying. All he knows is that you’re going on vacation … and he’s not

Having a dog that gets car sick certainly presents its challenges when you’re planning a trip, but it doesn’t mean that you can’t all enjoy holidays and vacations together! We’ve got the tips to make sure you never have to face that look again.

Treating Motion Sickness in Dog

If you’re one of the dog owners who has a pup with motion sickness, you’re already familiar with its symptoms: excessive drooling, lip licking, panting, restlessness, shaking, vomiting, whining, and yawning. It’s enough to bring you to tears. And what makes it worse is that you know that your dog feels even more horrible than you do!

The good news is you can help relieve your dog’s discomfort in the car. Depending on the severity of your dog’s motion sickness, and the duration of any trips you’re considering with him, these tips may help him enjoy the ride:

  • Travel on an empty stomach. Nausea is always worse on a full stomach, so on the day you’ll be traveling, reduce or skip your pup’s morning meal.
  • Avoid watching the scenery go by. Looking out the windows at passing scenery may be triggering your dog’s motion sickness. Try one of these ideas to limit his view:
  • Buckle him into a seatbelt harness and put sun shades over the widows near where he sits.
  • If he rides in a carrier or crate, cover the sides with a towel or blanket to prevent him from looking out the windows (after properly securing it).
  • Build a “dog fort” in the back seat by stretching a fitted sheet over the front and rear headrests.
  • Consider a cap made from fabric that’s partially see-through to cover his eyes, like the ThunderCap from ThunderShirt.
  • Keep the car cool and well ventilated. Lowering the windows a couple of inches will keep fresh air moving and also help equalize the air pressure inside and outside the car, which may help reduce your dog’s nausea and discomfort.
  • Talk to your veterinarian about helpful medications. Certain medications that prevent vomiting due to motion sickness in dogs could relieve your dog’s symptoms.



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