Dogs that get car sick aren’t able to enjoy a trip the same way you do. Thankfully, there are some things you can do to help them.
With these tips for humans and dogs, your road trips will be enjoyable for everyone!
These tips will help you, your dog, and any other human and animal in the car to have a fun and safe trip.
- Have fresh water available at all times. This is important for humans and animals alike!
- Turn off the radio when you hear your dog growling or barking in a stressful way (not just when he’s singing along). Don’t laugh unless everyone else is laughing too—if they aren’t laughing at all, then it might be best for everyone if you didn’t either!
- Don’t drive more than two hours without stopping so that everyone can stretch their legs outside of the car (or if it’s nighttime, try to get some sleep). Make sure that everyone gets out of the car into some fresh air every few hours—it’s good for everyone’s health!
Know when you are dealing with motion sickness, not car sickness.
Motion sickness is a reaction to a change in the environment. Car sickness, on the other hand, is caused by motion itself. So if your dog gets carsick when you’re driving down the road but does not exhibit signs of motion sickness otherwise (such as at home), then you can be pretty sure that he’s experiencing car sickness and not motion-related issues.
Limit your dog’s intake before travel to avoid nausea and possibly vomiting.
For short trips, this is easy: don’t feed your dog before you leave or in the car. Longer trips are trickier because it’s likely that your dog will be hungry by the end of the journey (and if you have a large breed, they may eat their own weight in food). If possible, try not to feed your dog until after he/she has adjusted to his new environment. If this isn’t feasible due to circumstances beyond your control (e.g., it’s a long road trip), try giving him/her small amounts of food throughout the drive instead of one big meal right before departure.
Keep your dog in the back seat to avoid overwhelming stimuli, especially if he/she is prone to motion sickness.
For many dogs, car sickness is caused by overstimulation. If you have a dog that is prone to motion sickness, keep him/her in the back seat of your car. The farther away from the front and window he/she can be, the better.
If your dog has a tendency toward motion sickness and cannot tolerate being near any windows, use a crate or other type of carrier during travel to keep him safely secured while you are driving.
Cracking the window can make a world of difference.
One of the best ways to avoid motion sickness is to crack a window. The fresh air can make all the difference in your dog’s comfort level, especially if you have an open-aired car. If you don’t want to crack a window, consider using a small fan that blows directly at your dog’s face while they are sitting in the car seat. This will help them keep their cool and not overheat when it is hot outside.
If your dog experiences motion sickness on a regular basis, it might be worth discussing with your vet whether or not he or she should receive medication for this condition (like Dramamine). In some cases, dogs who are prone to motion sickness may need medication before any long car ride or flight; however, there are other options available if you aren’t comfortable giving these types of pills out regularly—try taking him/her for short training walks around town before embarking on longer travels!
Make sure your dog is properly restrained inside the vehicle at all times.
Your dog may be old and wise, but no one likes being forced to sit in a car for hours on end with nothing but their own thoughts for company. If you’ve ever been in that situation, then you know how uncomfortable it can get after a while—and if you’re sitting in front of someone who’s constantly vomiting, chances are pretty good that your mind will begin to wander as well! For this reason, we suggest using a harness or seat belt when traveling with Fido.
Following these tips will not only make you a better driver, but it can also keep your dog safe and happy on the road. And if all else fails, don’t be afraid to talk to a professional! A veterinarian or animal behaviorist might have some extra helpful tricks up their sleeve that can help you travel with ease and comfort in tow.