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Pet Travel Sickness
Travel sickness can be a problem in dogs. This can be reduced, or prevented completely, by making changes in how you travel. In some cases, the use of medicines may be necessary.
Travel sickness is a type of motion sickness, and signs include drooling and vomiting. Fear and stress can be a big part of the problem, too.
We advise making some changes to your travel plans if your pet is prone to this problem, including:
- Make very short trips to begin, perhaps just sitting in the car. Then gradually increase the length of the trip.
- Allow the pet to see out of a window and allow lots of room to get up and move around.
- Don’t feed a big meal before travelling, either nothing at all or a small amount. If nothing else, there will be less to clear up!
- Open a window or put on the air conditioning; it is more comfortable to be cool.
- Take a break every 1-2 hours. It’s good for all concerned.
In some cases, it can help to use medication in addition to the above. Please do not give human medications to dogs and cats as they may be poisonous. Contact us if you would like to try medication to help your pet travel in more comfort.