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Dog Getting Motion Sickness While Traveling?

Jaclyn Hughes

There is nothing quite like your relationship with your furry pals as they provide so much love and joy to your life, it’s no surprise you would want to travel with them every time you have to leave town. While this adorable bond is great for the soul, it may not be very easy on your dog’s health, often resulting in motion sickness that can ruin the fun entirely for them. Is there anything you can do to decrease this from happening?

Yes! Experts reveal that feeling nausea or vomiting from motion is more common in younger animals such as puppies, simply because their balance hasn’t quite fully developed inside the inner ear where the nausea forms. Stress is apparently another big factor in travel sicknesses for dogs, and if you have a fear of flying, imagine what the prices feels like for a pet totally unable to have any sense of reason behind the whole event. It can be a lot to deal with for any animal any age, so many veterinarians are recommending that you look into motion sickness pills, or have the dog travel in a fashion where they can be right beside you. For instance, if you are traveling somewhere that can be driven versus flying, this would be the preferred form of transportation for the animal since it can be safely seated next to you where you can comfort them the whole journey. Taking a car also has the benefit of letting the dog out to go to the bathroom if need be.

Care offers some other great points to consider such as not feeding the dog up to six hours prior to leaving if you are flying. This can greatly help motion sickness, and vomiting if they don’t have a full belly to travel on. If you know your pet will have some challenges traveling, it’s best to speak with your vet and obtain some anti anxiety meds, or something that can help them go to sleep to provide the utmost comfortable traveling experience.