Reduce the stress of travel for your dog with advice from The Vet Whetstone

Reduce the stress of travel for your dog with advice from The Vet Whetstone

July 21, 2019

Ever taken your pooch on a car journey only to discover she’s redecorated your back seat? Not the most pleasant experience for either of you, The Vet Whetstone knows.

Motion sickness in dogs is more commonly seen in puppies and young dogs because the ear structures used for balance aren’t fully developed yet.

Stress can also lead to travel sickness, so if your dog is only ever in the car for a trip to the vets, anxiety may lead to nausea and vomiting.

Contact us for advice

Symptoms of dog travel sickness

If you’re not sure what to look out for, our experienced head vet, Albert, advises pet owners to watch for any signs of:

  • Inactivity
  • Yawning
  • Whining
  • Excessive drooling
  • Vomiting
  • Smacking or licking lips

Treating nausea

If your dog suffers from sickness while travelling, don’t panic. There are plenty of steps you can take to minimise its suffering.

Try to make the car journey as comfortable as possible; ensure your pet is facing forwards while travelling, rather than looking out of side windows.

Buy a dog seatbelt to keep them secure and lower windows slightly when the car is moving to balance air pressure in the car.

Keep your vehicle cool and well ventilated. And, finally, (perhaps obviously): limit their food consumption before travelling.

Good luck, and we hope you enjoy an incident-free journey with your dog. If you need any further advice or support, give our teams a ring on 020 8368 9798.

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