Summer is just around the corner, which might mean more trips to the beach and maybe even a family road trip! If you want to include your canine companion in the fun, motion sickness can put a serious damper on your pup’s day. Luckily, there are things you can do to prevent your dog from getting carsick:
1. Withhold food for 12 hours prior to travel: An empty stomach will help reduce the risk of nausea. However, it’s important to always give your dog access to fresh water.
2. Opt for a carrier or a safety harness: Stress is a serious contributor to car sickness for dogs. If your canine companion feels safe and secure in a carrier or harness, his stress level won’t be so high.
3. Turn on the AC: A hot, stuffy car isn’t helpful when feelings of nausea start to creep up. Keep the air conditioning on and maybe even play some soft music to make the atmosphere feel as calm, cool, and relaxed as possible for your pup.
4. Bring something from home: An item that smells like home can bring some serious comfort to a dog who is stressed out and maybe not feeling so great. Keep a blanket or toy nearby for your dog to cuddle up with.
Keep in mind that puppies are especially prone to car sickness because their inner ears aren’t yet completely developed and balanced. If you’re planning a longer road trip, be sure to get your dog used to the idea of riding in a car with shorter rides. If your dog’s car sickness is persistent or severe, speak with a veterinarian about prescription anti-nausea medication options.