Ways to Manage/Avoid Car & Motion Sickness in Dogs

A dog owner may not always know if his dog is prone to motion/car sickness. If you too are unsure, the best way to get around this problem is to be on the lookout for a few signs such as –

  • Whining – A dog experiencing motion sickness or stress would likely start whining
  • Excess drooling – This can be another symptom that your dog is feeling car sick.
  • Pacing – See if he is trying to pace himself. It’s their way to cope with sudden stress.
  • Lethargy – If a dog that is usually active suddenly starts sulking in the car, this could be a giveaway that something’s not right.
  • Diarrhea/vomiting – This is a clear indication that your dog is excessively car sick.

How to Manage Car Sickness

Upon detecting any, all or a combination of these symptoms – you can try a bunch of different ways to manage this problem such as –

Make them as comfy as possible

Try to make your dog as comfortable as you possibly can. Choose comfy dog apparel. Comfort goes a long way in ensuring they don’t experience motion sickness. Give him enough space to move around so your pet doesn’t feel suffocated.

Avoid things like loud music that might stress him out. Bring along fabrics that have your fragrance to pacify them. Additionally, certain anxiety blankets can also have a soothing/calming effect on pets.

Keep them facing forward

In dogs and humans alike, motion sickness is generally a result of traveling in the opposite direction to what you’re facing. Make sure your dog is wearing a seat belt and facing the same direction in which you are driving. This will avoid the body’s internal response mechanism from going off and invoking a sense of nausea.

Keep the windows rolled down at least a couple of inches       

This one might do the trick in keeping nausea and motion sickness at bay. A common reason people and animals may feel sick in a car is because of the gap in air pressure inside and outside of the car.

Keeping the windows slightly rolled down will balance that air pressure out. It will also promote natural ventilation to let the fresh air in.

Limit food Intake

This trick won’t avoid your puppy from feeling sick during the journey – if he is particularly prone to motion sickness. But, it will cut down on the severity of nausea and bad sensation.

Stop feeding them at least 12 hours in advance before you take on for the big journey. This might be particularly helpful in avoiding accidental throwing-up in the car. Ensure access to freshwater all the time.

Keep them distracted with toys

Sometimes by associating long journeys with an unpleasant feeling can further induce that sense of nausea and discomfort. Make sure your dog doesn’t associate a car ride with unpleasantness. Part of that deal is to make their journey fun.

That means letting them access to their favorite toys to play around with. Just the conditioning where they link journeys with fun might kick nausea and car sickness to the curb.

Try CBD oil for stress relief

Some might find this a bit controversial, but if all else fails, you may want to try CBD oil for relief. See if it works. Supposedly, CBD oil carries certain cannabinoids that interact with their system and works to reduce stress/tension.

The mechanism applies to dogs and humans alike. You may also carry a vet-prescribed medication. CBD oil may offer a more natural route though. It’s really up to you.

Do have a word with your vet if nothing seems to be working. Hopefully, by trying a combination of these tricks, your dog will be able to enjoy a stress-free journey.