Canine Motion Sickness

October 02, 2020 2 min read

Humans are not the only ones who can experience a bit of wooziness during car rides. For dogs that are not used to riding in a car, the motion and vibrations can cause them to get car sick. There are usually two reasons for car sickness in dogs. Either motion sickness affecting balance or car-related anxiety caused by some fearful aspect of traveling in the car. The motion of the car stimulates the area of the brain that promotes vomiting.  The reason for this is because the ear structures used for balance are not fully developed in puppies. Young dogs especially suffer from this but later most outgrow the problem. 

Some signs of dog travel sickness you can learn to identify. These include:

  1. Yawning
  2. Drooling
  3. Lip licking
  4. Whining
  5. Attempting to escape
  6. Urinating or soiling
  7. Wide eyes
  8. Panting
  9. Vomiting
  10. Pacing

The best way to prevent dog travel sickness is to make the car ride as comfortable as possible for your dog. You should always acclimate dogs slowly to car rides by making experiences very short and pleasant. While they are still young, drive with them around the block, and end the ride with a special treat or favorite game so they associate the car with good things. If they show signs of sickness, stop the car, and let him walk on a leash for a moment to allow their stomach to settle.

Some ways to help:

  1. Dogs travel best on an empty stomach. Withhold food for at least six to eight hours prior to a long car ride.
  2. Use a carrier or safety harness.
  3. Keep the car cool and quiet.
  4. Ginger is a natural remedy to help relieve motion sickness.
  5. Acupressure and acupuncture may help treat motion sickness

The Benefab® Therapeutic Comfort Shirt can help soothe pups for car rides. It provides supportive compression for anxiety and comfort, but ALSO promote blood circulation, which aids in reducing pain and stiffness—a DOUBLE WIN. Not only can anxious, aggressive, and excited dogs benefit from this product, but also elderly, athletic, and injured dogs. Material is breathable with wicking qualities and Comfortable to wear while resting or during activity.



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