A dog with motion sickness can present many (travel) challenges, especially when you’re planning a summer road trip. However, a pup with motion sickness shouldn’t keep everyone from enjoying a family vacation together!

Symptoms of motion sickness may include excessive:

  • drooling
  • licking
  • panting
  • restlessness
  • shaking
  • vomiting
  • whining
  • yawning

Remedies include:

  • Crate them. As the safest method of pet travel, the reduced movement will lessen the likelihood of nausea. If traveling with a crate, cover the sides to keep your dog in a forward-facing position.
  • Roll it Down. A common tip to reduce nausea is to roll the car window down while driving. Fresh air can do wonders for an unsettled stomach.
  • Limit Intake. It is recommended to travel on an empty stomach or limit the amount of food intake prior to departure, with at least two to three hours between a meal and car ride.

Tip: Since this vacation will most likely involve a decent amount of drive time, be sure that your furry friends are well prepared, as traveling with a pet involves numerous potty stops. So, plan accordingly with disposable waste bags, a leash in case of an emergency stop, toys to distract them, a water bowl, and plenty of treats for reward!

While motion sickness may lessen with age, pets may begin to negatively associate vehicles with sickness and begin to fear traveling. So, before hitting the open road, be sure to schedule an appointment for a quick checkup and consult with your Longwood veterinarian for a treatment plan today.

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