Because the symptoms of canine motion sickness can mimic several other problems, many pet owners may not realize their dogs suffer from this condition. If you determine that your pet is indeed suffering from motion sickness, you can take several steps to make your next trip together more comfortable.
Smooth the Ride for Dogs with Motion Sickness
(Family Features) Because the symptoms of canine motion sickness can mimic several other problems, many pet owners may not realize their dogs suffer from this condition.
However, a recent study conducted on behalf of Zoetis found that up to 23 percent of dogs experience motion sickness. The study also found that some pet owners feel that motion sickness weakens their relationship with their dog because it often forces them to leave their dog at home. Recognizing the symptoms and understanding treatment options can help ease your dog’s discomfort and ensure a smoother ride for the entire family.
Motion sickness may at times be difficult to recognize, but it is a real medical condition that affects the centers of the brain that control balance and motion. This condition may also be exhibited as fear and anxiety about car rides. Dogs suffering from motion sickness may show a variety of signs, including drooling, dry heaving, excessive lip licking, excessive panting, inactivity, pacing, restlessness, shaking, vomiting, whining or yawning.
However, especially during warmer months, some of these signs, such as excessive panting and whining, can mistakenly be attributed to other things, such as overheating. That’s why it is important to pay close attention to the onset of signs that could indicate motion sickness and note any correlations with travel, including anxiety or avoidance behavior like resistance to getting in the car. Sharing this information with your veterinarian can help isolate the cause.
If you determine that your pet is indeed suffering from motion sickness, you can take several steps to make your next trip together more comfortable:
Find more resources for traveling with a dog that has motion sickness at cerenia.com.
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