You finally get your own car sickness under control and you figure out your pet has it too…
Yes, it is real, your pets can get motion sickness. With warmer weather in full swing and driving trips on the horizon, there are some signs to watch for while travelling with your dog or cat.
|Listlessness||Crying out in distress|
|Whining||Acting afraid to move|
|Excessive Drooling||Urinating or deficating|
The good news is, there are things you can do. Stress can add to a pet’s motion sickness, so a good start is to make sure that you take your pet on car trips that are not always associated with going to the veterinarian. Start with slow, short and frequent trips. Gradually increase the length to help condition your pet to travel.
In addition to conditioning, have your pet face forward in the car to the best of your ability, lower the car windows to assist with balancing the pressure inside, and keep your vehicle more on the cool side. Finally, limit food prior to the trip and give a small item right before you go to keep the stomach busy.
If all of these safeguards fail, there are medications available to help pets with motion sickness. Call Dr. Molly today to prepare your pet for his/her next trip!
As always, be sure that the pet is contained in the car so that the car doors can be opened without the pet escaping! If you have any great travelling with pet tips, please share them, we would love to hear your ideas!