Some of us dream about taking our dog along on all our latest adventures. Others want to make sure they’re dogs are comfortable just in case they need to ride in the car. Whatever the case, it can be important to learn how to cope with your dog’s motion sickness just in case.
It can be tempting to want to head out on long road trips with your canine buddy by your side. However, they can be a challenge for dogs that aren’t used to riding in the car. Many puppies grow out of motion sickness. If you want to help them along the way, then building up to longer journeys can be sure to help your dog get used to being in the car.
Let them see forward
Many dogs travel in the trunk. While it might mean they are out of the way and less of a distraction, it might not help with your dog’s motion sickness as they spend the journey looking out the back window. If you have a large backseat, why not invest in a dog seatbelt and let them look out the front window? This helps your dog to visualize the movement rather than just feeling it – much like people with motion sickness often find it better to face forward.
Having a full stomach can mean that your dogs are more likely to get sick in the car. Sometimes, you may need to adjust their feeding schedule before you take them out to make sure they’ve had plenty of time to digest their meals. This is usually a couple of hours before you need to leave. On the other hand, smaller, more regular meals combined with short walks can help if you need to take a more extended road trip.
There are plenty of at-home remedies you can try to help prevent your dog from getting motion sick. However, it’s best to check with a medical professional before you give your dog any of these remedies. One addition that many people love is ginger as it has been known to settle stomachs. Just make sure that none of your treatments contain anything that could be harmful to your four-legged friend.
Help dogs adjust
Some dogs get motion sickness because they are anxious and not because of traveling in the car. It might be time to talk to a trainer or vet to make sure that your dog really is feeling sick from the car and nothing else. If your dog is prone to anxiety, why not combine a ride in the car with something enjoyable like heading to the park or to one of their dog friend’s homes?
There are many reasons that our dog might get motion sickness. Thankfully, there are also plenty of solutions that could help everyone to feel a bit more comfortable. Sometimes, even the smallest of changes to routines or travel could have a huge difference for our dogs.