Dealing with Carsickness in Dogs

Shelley Wenger

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I recently wrote an article about getting your dog used to the car, so that, in time, you can take your dog wherever you want to go! If you haven’t had a chance to read it, you can check it out here.

That being said, there are many dogs that get sick in the car, no matter how many short trips you do. Even if you are only in the car for a few minutes, you may notice that your favorite dog isn’t looking so good.

Want to help your beloved dog stop getting sick in the car? Here are some tips to help.

Make sure that the temperature is good. You don’t want to blare the heat, because your dog can overheat, which will only make him or her feel sicker.

It may also help to lower the windows to give your dog plenty of fresh air. This will also help to keep the inside of the car cooler for your dog.

If you know that your dog is likely to get sick in the car, you may want to take away his or her food and water before leaving. If you are leaving in the morning, you may just want to skip breakfast. If you are leaving in the afternoon, you might want to feed breakfast early and then take away any leftover food to make sure that your dog has plenty of time to digest it before you leave.

If you think that your dog gets sick due to anxiety, you may want to look into pheromones. There are diffusers and sprays that you may be able to use in the car. Others prefer to use a collar. I personally use the Adaptil collar, and I highly recommend it. My anxious dog seems much calmer when she is wearing her collar.

If you would like to try an Adaptil collar, I got mine at Amazon. You can check it out right here.

You may even want to talk to your veterinarian if it continues to be a problem. He or she may be able to help you find some medications for motion sickness or even anti-anxiety medications. Please note that medications aren’t always cut and dried. You and your veterinarian may need to play around with different medications and dosages until you find something that works best for your dog!

There might be nothing worse than your dog getting sick in the car, every time that you try to take him or her somewhere! However, with a little patience, training, and even some medications, your dog may learn to love riding in the car with you. You may have some success just by opening the window and letting in some fresh air, though you may also need to talk to your veterinarian to find a medication (or combination of medications) that can help.


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Shelley is a small town farm mom of two boys. She is a veterinary technician, so she is proud to write about all kinds of animals and their care. She also loves to write about writing, running a business, working from home, and much more.

Glenville, PA

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