My Dog/Cat Gets Car Sick
I have been very fortunate. SHERPA, SuNae, KIMBA, KARTU, and KoKo never suffered from motion sickness. But many people do have to deal with this problem. I’ve had many people ask me “my dog gets car sick what can I do?”. Fortunately, motion sickness is something that most puppies outgrow. If you want to include your puppy or other pet in your active lifestyle, don’t let your pet’s tendency to become sick stop you from taking him or her in the car.
Part of an animal’s inclination toward motion sickness stems from the stress or anxiety of riding in a car. Try to create positive experiences for your pet that she will associate with the car. Why not try a trip to the new park for a game of Frisbee or catch? A ride to a pet bakery? A trip to a favorite friend? Maybe your pet enjoys riding through the car wash with you. SHERPA used to love it when I sang in the car and she would chime right in. Cats that don’t travel very often can moan and wail all the way there and back. That’s unpleasant for both of you; So, I advise you, if you have a kitten, to start car training now, and he may soon take it to. Be sure to keep your cat in a carrier while traveling and invest in squirm-proof halter and leash so that you can exercise him during long-distance trips.
Warning signs and treatments
Keep an eye on your pet. Usually the first signs of motion sickness are yawning or drooling. The good news is that a lot of the same things that help people overcome motion sickness also work for pets. If you stop the car and take your dog or cat out for a walk when you notice warning signs, you can often prevent sickness, at least for a while. Cracking a window to increase ventilation in the back seat can help these pets and small, crate bound pets too. Sometimes the churning juices in an empty stomach can make matters worse. If you see the warning signs, offer your pet an unsalted cracker or piece of plain bread. Other bland, calming foods you can offer any pet suffering from nausea or diarrhea include a little plain, boiled hamburger, rice, oatmeal, or the appropriate type of baby food for your pet species. Calm your pet by talking to them. Read more