Traveling With Pets

Traveling with your dog can be a very rewarding and exciting experience, however motion sickness can prevent you whole family from taking a trip, causing you to miss out on adventures together. Leaving your dog behind can be costly as well as stressful to both you and your pooch

Motion sickness itself is a stressful condition that affects 1 out of 4 dogs. Motion can affect the inner ear, which sends signals to the vomiting centre in the brain.

These signals show signs of motion sickness;

  • Increased drooling
  • Agitation
  • Anxiety
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting

Motion sickness can happen when traveling in a car, plane, train or boat.

Here are some handy travel tips to make traveling a make traveling a tailwagging adventure

  1. Plan extra stops, this gives your dog a chance to exercise and take a break
  2. Check the Internet for pet friendly accommodation and cafés
  3. Make the car ride as comfortable as possible for your dog by opening your car windows a couple of centimeters. This reduces the likelihood of nausea by balancing the air pressure inside with the air pressure outside, as well as keeping your car cool and well ventilated.
  4. Give treats for good behaviour to make the car seem like a more fun and rewarding place.
  5. Allow your dog to relieve itself before departing. That’s one less thing for your dog to get all jumpy about.
  6. If flying, check specific airline requirements and regulations
  7. Before leaving, visit us to address any travel concerns, refill necessary prescriptions, and make sure your dog is up to date on all vaccinations.
  8. Nowadays there is a non-drowsy carsickness medication available which can get your dog from A to B carsick free. Being non-drowsy, means that your best friend is able to arrive at the destination ready to enjoy the outing.

Hopefully these tips will help all of us enjoy our holidays together!

This post was originally written in 2012