It’s been a long wait… but the snow is finally gone, and driving conditions are much improved. Now, it’s time to hit the road! Whether its a cross country road trip with some friends or a weekend up at the cottage with the family. You’ve got the car packed, the GPS set, but there is still one important question remaining…should the dog come too?
She is a pack animal after all and enjoys being with her family, but every time she gets into a moving car, she starts to act very strange. Symptoms, such as: panting, pacing, drooling, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea sometimes begin to happen. As much as you would LOVE for your dog to tag along, you can’t help but feel sorry for her. If this sounds like your dog, she may suffer from motion sickness. Yes, it happens with dogs too! Recent research has shown that 1 in 6 dogs in Canada suffer from this common condition(Zoetus Canada).
When your dog begins to exhibit symptoms of motion sickness, it seems as though nothing will ease her symptoms. But, fortunately there are medications to help with this. Speak with your veterinarian or a staff member at Lansdowne Animal Hospital for more information. Newer medications are available and much better than old methods, such as giving your dog a highly sedating medication or having to leave her at home. Now she can join in the fun!
Other tips on helping to improve the comfort of your canine companion and reduce motion sickness can also be beneficial. One such way of helping is by exposing your dog to car rides as a young puppy, this helps them to feel a bit calmer when travelling as they age. Also try making sure your dog has sufficient space and proper ventilation (open window) in the car to reduce anxiety or nausea. As well, it is not a very good idea to offer any large meals prior to travelling. And last but not least, allow your dog outdoor breaks if travelling for long periods of time.
By following the above tips and listening to your vet about new medications for motion sickness, you no longer need to hesitate when asking yourself the big question. The answer to “should the dog come?” will now always be a definite “YES”. Why leave an important member of the family behind, when she can travel right along your side all summer? Not only will you enjoy the company, but she will enjoy being a part of the pack!