Motion Sickness in Dogs , Easy way to deal with it!

MOTION SICKNESS IN DOGS

Almost everyone for the love of their dogs, most times, when heading out with the car, they take them along. We all love car rides, most people do. So does our dogs and lots of other dogs. There’s just one downside to car rides, and that’s the ” notorious” car sickness. Just as some of us get car sick sometimes, it is not quite shocking to realize that man’s best friend; dogs, also get car sick. Car sickness can also be called motion sickness and is characterized in dogs by drooling, yawning, constant licking of the lips and so on. Motion sickness in dogs has not limited to cars alone, it can also occur in the air and sea. Therefore, whenever you and your dog are out on a journey, either by land, air or sea, bear it in mind to always keep an eye on him. What use would it be keeping our eyes on our dogs if we don’t know anything (symptoms, treatment, prevention, etc.) about motion sickness in dogs? I have put together concise but elaborate information on motion sickness below.

SYMPTOMS

Younger dogs and puppies are apt to experience motion sickness. This happens mostly because they are still not fully developed and the ear structure which maintains equilibrium is also still undeveloped. Older dogs can experience motion sickness too, but on rare occasions and is usually as a result of stress.  Motion sickness in dogs can also be linked to a bad travel experience in previous times. Several symptoms have earlier been noted. Some other symptoms that can’t go unnoticed include;

  • Inactivity and listlessness
  • Vomiting
  • Uneasiness
  • incessant whining

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PREVENTION AND TREATMENT

The ultimately best way to prevent your dog from further experiencing motion sickness is to gradually develop his endurance for car rides while making him comfortable at the same time. You can do this by walking your dog towards your car severally without actually entering the car. Sometimes too, you can sit in your car with your dog without driving. You also don’t need to turn on the ignition. When you notice your dog has gotten somewhat used to your car, begin by taking short rides with your dog, preferably only a few blocks away from your house. Increase the distance during each ride. Don’t forget to use a specially designed dog seat belt or a crate (carrier) to hold him in place during these rides. This would also help him face forward rather than out the window. Other preventive and treatment measures are listed below;

  • Limit your dog’s food and water consumption before heading out for the road. This would reduce the probability your dog’s of nausea/vomiting during the travel.
  • Equalise the inside air pressure and the outside air pressure by lowering the car windows a few inches.
  • Give your dog a break from car rides ranging from one to two weeks.
  • You can also give your dog medication to reduce nausea.

N/B It always good to check with your veterinarian or pet clinic before giving any to your dog, and what dosage you should give them.

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  • During long trips, stop frequently. Your dog needs a break in order avoid any occurrence of motion sickness in dogs.

Eventually, most dogs outgrow motion sickness. For dogs that do not outgrow motion sickness and for older dogs, several drugs which prevent and treat motion sickness in dogs are available. Avoid giving drugs to your dogs without a visit to the veterinarian. This would help you a great deal in administering the right dosage to your dog.

16 Replies to “Motion Sickness in Dogs , Easy way to deal with it!”

  1. garry

    great info i will definitely be getting some of the safety harness for my fury friends they love to ride but i dont like to clean the messes up. you have given me hope that i can make it a more pleasant ride for them and myself thanks

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    1. Mercy

      Hi Garry
      Yes, we can have a great road trip experience with our best friends(Dogs)if we prepare in advance Motion Sickness in dogs is a serious challenge that Dog owners should really address for them have a good time traveling with their dogs.

      Thank you
      Take care Mercy

      Reply
  2. Kell

    Great article I had no idea that dogs get motion sickness. My sisters on the other hand have dogs and love to travel with them, I will inform her of the symptoms and signs her dog might have as you pointed out. I will also inform her the importance of getting her dog use to car rides, this way she doesn’t feel as if she can not take her dog with her on trips. Thank you for this information.

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  3. HippieTam

    Super god information. MY poor pup thinks he wants to go for a dirve, but oce going, stares sadly at floor motionless to keep from feeling ill. I’ll try to takemore precautions mentioned to help. Thanks!

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    1. Mercy

      Hi HippieTam
      Thank you and am very happy to hear that my information will help your puppy through you, I will try my level best posting informative articles like this one on Motion sickness in Dogs, Thank you for stopping by and welcome again!

      Thank you
      Take care Mercy

      Reply
  4. Nicole

    This is a good read. I have a dog and we take long car trips with her. We have been blessed with how well she handles the trips. You gave some great tips and suggestions. I would say we found it helpful to have our dog in a spot where she can see us. This seemed to put her at ease.
    Thanks for sharing this information! I’ll be sure to refer others who will find it very helpful!

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    1. Mercy

      Hi Nicole,
      I am happy you found my article and you relate to it, yes Motion sickness in dogs is controllable if you know the tricks and you have one great trick that I should add to the list lol… Feel free to invite everyone here.
      Thank you
      Take care Mercy

      Reply
  5. Maria

    wow, never realized that dogs could get motion sickness just like humans.. thanks for the information, I will be keeping a closer eye on my little pooch.

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    1. Mercy

      Hi,
      Yes, and it really puts our dogs down transferring the sickness to us because, when they are down with Motion sickness in dogs we get affected too.Thank you for stopping by.

      Take care Mercy

      Reply
  6. Tyler Moss

    I believe our dog has this condition. Not sure just yet but she’s been acting strange in the car lately. I’m definitely going to take the information you’ve provided here and see if it helps at all.

    Great article!

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    1. Mercy

      Hi Tyler,
      Kindly watch closely sometimes we confuse the Motion sickness in dogs with feeling sleepy while traveling in a car and it’s very hard to differentiate watch her closely to be spot on.
      Thank you
      Take care Mercy

      Reply
  7. Alex

    This was a wonderful read. I never would have thought to sit in the car with my dog without driving. My German Shepard can be a bit skittish when around my truck, so I will use your recommended technique of building his endurance.

    I do have a question though. You recommended Dramamine to give to my dog. What exactly does that do? I want to limit the amount of drugs I give my dog. I look forward to hearing your answer.

    Thank you for sharing and I hope you make it a great day!

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    1. Mercy

      Hi Alex
      Thank you for stopping by I really appreciate the fact that my article on Motion sickness in Dogs is helping Dog owners out there.As for the Dramamine, the dosages for dogs is given depending on their body weight.You do from 2 to 4 mg/per pound of body weight.After 8 hours to minimize the effects of motion sickness in dogs. But like I said I would advise you to visit the Veterinarian when necessary.
      Thank you
      Take care Mercy

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    1. Mercy

      Hi William
      Thank you for finding our article on Motion Sickness in Dog helpful, kindly share with your friends we really appreciate it in advance!
      Take care Mercy

      Reply

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