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A car ride! A car ride! A car ride! For most dogs it’s the greatest thing since the cookie. But a dog can get motion sickness just like people do, which can mean that even a short
car trip becomes stressful for the dog — and disgusting for the owner. Fortunately, there are ways to ease or eliminate a dog’s motion sickness, including conditioning and medication.
Motion sickness is much more common in puppies and young dogs than in older dogs, presumably because the ear structures used for balance aren’t fully developed in puppies. If the first few car rides of a dog’s life result in nausea, the dog may begin to equate travel with uncomfortable sensations, even after his or her balance system fully matures. Therefore, a dog who suffers motion sickness should be treated as soon as possible.
Stress can also add to motion sickness; if a
dog rides in a car only to go to the veterinarian the negative sensations associated with travel can be more pronounced. If a dog continues to appear ill even after several car rides, the owner should consult a veterinarian about treatment for motion sickness.
Not all motion sickness manifests as
vomiting. Signs of motion sickness in dogs include:
If a dog develops a secondary fear of riding in cars, a veterinarian or veterinary behaviorist can help determine whether the cause is
motion sickness or something else, such as an orthopedic condition or anxiety unrelated to motion sickness.
All breeds of dogs seem equally susceptible to motion sickness.
To help owners prevent or treat
motion sickness in dogs, veterinarians often recommend one or more of the following approaches:
Gradually build up a dog’s tolerance to car rides. The following steps should take a few days to a week:
If a dog doesn’t outgrow motion sickness or respond to conditioning techniques, consult your veterinarian about medication to help your dog. There is a medication approved for preventing
vomiting due to motion sickness in dogs. However, if anxiety or other issues are involved, additional therapies may be recommended.
In many cases treatment and prevention are the same thing, so see the list above.
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