Long road trips can be boring for humans, but for animals, they can be downright miserable. Canine car sickness is a very real thing. Symptoms include:
- Vomiting (the most obvious sign that something is wrong)
- Constant drooling, whining, and/or yawning
So how do you avoid it?
- Cut down on food intake before the trip. This means you shouldn’t give your pet a big, hearty meal just before you leave.
- Start small. Take your pet on quick, local trips to test the waters and see how he handles it (maybe when you have to make an ATM deposit or pick up a pizza). If he shows signs of car sickness, you’ll have time to tackle the problem.
- Take frequent breaks. If you know the drive will last for hours, make sure to drop by rest stops along the way. Everyone will be able to stretch their legs, use the restroom, throw out some trash, or have a snack. Pay attention to where your dog isn’t allowed to go, such as picnic areas.
- Talk to your vet about medication options. There could be something you can do to help him make it through the trip unscathed.
- Try to use a bigger car. The bigger the car, the more room your dog will have to move around.
- Keep him distracted. Someone in the back seat should keep him busy with toys when you think he is getting restless.
- Open the windows a crack. This can be uncomfortable during the colder months, but fresh air really helps. Don’t roll them down too far or your pet could get out.
Sometimes, the best way to prevent car sickness is to leave him at home in the care of a professional pet sitter. Call us at (816) 846-0611 for more information.