Similar to humans, dogs experience car sickness sometimes, and it can happen in the most inconvenient times. Dogs don’t typically show any prior symptoms before experiencing car sickness so it can come as a surprise.
Understandably, car sickness will most probably cut your trip short because your dog will have made a mess on your seats. It can also be stressful for both you and your dog.
The good news is there is a way to overcome car sickness and the symptoms it comes with. This includes taking simple measures to make your car more comfortable, to giving your pet medications that’ll calm the symptoms.
Find Out Why Your Dog Gets Car Sick
The first step to treating your dog’s car sickness is to figure out why it’s happening in the first place. It’s important not to freak out and realize that it’s quite common in dogs of all ages and breeds.
However, it’s usually young pups that feel most uncomfortable riding in a car because it’s a new experience for them and they don’t know what to expect. As a result, you might notice that your puppy is acting a bit jittery because it’s excited yet nervous at the same time. Again, this is normal even for larger pets because they associate car rides with vet visits and needles.
No matter how many times you try to explain to your pet that you’re taking them to the park for a playdate, it’s not until you get there that they’ll feel comfortable. Some pups feel uncomfortable traveling because they haven’t physically developed fully to deal with the sensation of being in a car yet.
Get A Dog Car Seat
Dog car seats are designed to provide safety and comfort for pets while traveling. They allow you to secure your dog and make sure his torso doesn’t move around so much that your dog gets motion sickness.
Open The Car Window For Some Fresh Air
As you may have noticed, dogs love putting their head out of the window while in the car. This gives them a whiff of fresh air and makes them feel like they’re connected to the outdoors.
So, make sure you open the window, even if it’s just for a little bit, jut to let some fresh air in. Avoid opening the window all the way as that may lead to harmful objects getting into the car and injure your pet.
It’s also important to make regular stops so both you and your pet can stretch your legs and fill your lungs with fresh air. Our dog will appreciate the opportunity to get a sniff and potty break so it can discover the new exciting areas you drive through.
Transform your car into a happy place for your dog by putting some of its favorite toys and treats in there. This will make your dog feel more comfortable and willing to relax throughout the ride.
It’ll also take its mind off the prospect of going to the vet or any other expectation it has from being in the car. Doing this regularly will condition your dog to associate car rides with fun times. Also, don’t be shy to shower your pooch with praise and encouragement for being good.
Let Your Dog Enjoy The View
Dogs love looking out the window and seeing the world pass by when they’re in the car. While smaller pups may not be able to enjoy this view, it’s essential to make sure larger dogs are securely placed in their seat so they can enjoy the view without straining their neck or back.
A comfy dog car seat will come in handy here, as well as an appropriate restraint. You may also invest in a dog crate or puppy barrier to keep your dog safe while they observe the outdoor scenery from the window.
The most important thing is to keep your dog as comfortable as possible while you’re driving so you can pay attention to the road instead of constantly worrying about your pet.