Dogs and Travel Sickness

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Skully

It’s a fact.  Some dogs just don’t travel well.  This condition affects around 1 in 6 dogs.  Symptoms can include vomiting, nausea, drooling, restlessness, anxiety and trembling.

Some treatments can sedate the dog, but this is often unacceptable.

It is worth asking your vet about another treatment which is very helpful and is suitable for many dogs without making them drowsy.

In addition, the following advice will help to reduce the discomfort when your pet is travelling:

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    Partially open the windows to allow your dog fresh air.

  • Drive carefully, avoiding unnecessary acceleration, braking and swerving.
  • Keep your car’s internal temperature comfortably cool – your dog cannot adjust their body temperature readily.
  • On longer journeys, take regular breaks, allowing your dog to get out of the car for a short walk and a drink.
  • If the dog can learn to associate the car with a pleasurable outcome, eg a walk, this may help to alleviate their anxiety.

…  Anne