Sunday, July 13, 2014

Motion Sickness in Pets

The official travel season has begun and with it comes road trips. Many pet owners will want to include their pets, but for a great deal of pets, even the shortest trips can be stressful and cause motion sickness. Dog motion sickness is real and is more common in puppies, but not all dogs outgrow travel sickness. The symptoms are similar to those found in people and you may need to plan ahead to make it a fun trip for all. 

Signs that your Dog is suffering from motion sickness:

  • Inactivity
  • Listlessness
  • Uneasiness
  • Yawning
  • Whining
  • Excessive drooling
  • Vomiting
Things that might help Motion Sickness:

  • Have your pet face forward while you’re traveling, rather than looking out the side windows.
  • Lower your car windows a couple of inches  will help balance the air pressure inside the car and relieve ear pressure.  
  • Limit your dog’s food consumption prior to travel. Using holistic supplements like Soothing Digestive Relief and Power Probiotic can also help calm down an upset stomach.
  • Taking short car trips initially to places your dog enjoys to acclimate them, such as the park.
  • Gradually build your dog’s tolerance to car trips.
  • Use Psystabil for anxiety to help your relax about getting in the car
  • Pets with severe motion sickness  may benefit from the use of medication prescribed by your vet.
If stress is a contributing factor to your pet's travel issues, other pet owners have found that using a product called Psystabil (which is a gentle remedy for anxiety) has helped calm their pet while traveling.