We automatically assume that all dogs love to ride in cars. However, this is not always the case; many genuinely suffer from motion sickness. It is a very real problem as anyone who has ever experienced motion-related nausea can attest.
If you are adopting a new dog, it’s wise to go for short road trips initially and monitor the dog’s responses. The first signs of motion sickness include a constant licking of the lips, whining or crying out in distress. Yawning and excessive drooling are also signs, and, of course, vomiting. Some dogs get so stressed they can even urinate in the car.
There are prescribed medications such as Cerenia for motion sickness and this is a topic that should certainly be discussed with a veterinarian.
Other ways you can improve your dog’s ride include:
1. Keeping the vehicle cool
2. Limiting your pet’s food and water in take, especially before along journey
3. Facing forward in the vehicle and not moving around too much can also help. The best way to do this is to strap your dog in using a crash-tested doggie seatbelt harness system. They are made in a variety of sizes for all dogs. http://www.solvitproducts.com/safety-harnesses
4. Freezing water in a bowl before the trip and letting them lick the slowly melting ice can often combat motion sickness.
On a similar note, another problem pet parents often face on road a trip is the family dog getting over-excited, hot and, ultimately, dehydrated. It’s always important to have water available and look for signs like heavy panting and the tongue lolling to the side. There are lots of fabulous portable drinking systems to take on a trip.