What else should you do if your dog suffers from motion sickness?
In addition to speaking to your vet, there are a number of things you can do to help reduce the risk of motion sickness. They include:
- Avoid feeding your pet 1-2 hours before traveling
- Allow your dog to relieve itself before traveling
- Make sure your dog has enough room to lie down in the vehicle (motion sickness can be made worse by sitting or standing)
- Ensure that your dog can see out the window. Just like us, dogs tend to feel less nauseous when looking at the horizon
- Open the window a little to let your dog get some fresh air
- Try to be extra careful when making sharp turns or driving downhill
- On longer road trips, take a break at a rest stop every 2-3 hours so that your dog can stretch its legs, have a drink and avoid becoming dehydrated
- Get your dog used to a car environment at a young age – puppies that are exposed to car trips are more receptive to traveling
- Take your dog on short trips to get it used to being in the car before taking longer journeys
- And of course, speak to your vet about a new, just-for-pets product that can help make motion sickness a thing of the past
Information in this site is intended for residents of Canada.