Traveling with pets can be wonderful…as long as your pets travel well! The most common problems are motion sickness and anxiety. Often, the anxiety can actually be a result of motion sickness even if the pet does not show other signs of nausea. Several options exist to help combat motion sickness and anxiety in our pets during travel.
Easy Riding – If the only time your pet is in the car is to go to the vet’s office, no wonder they’re upset! If you travel with your pet infrequently and are planning a long trip, take a few short trips in the car, preferably to pleasant destinations (i.e., a park, the shore, a playmate’s home) or even just around the block with a treat at the end of the journey.
Crack a Window – Cool, fresh air can help to alleviate motion sickness in some pets. Just be careful not to open the window too far; anxious pets have been known to take a leap for freedom.
Travel on an Empty Stomach – A good way to prevent anything coming up is to not feed your pet for 3-4 hours prior to travel. By this time, most food has moved out of the stomach and we can hope not to see it again!
Medications – While medications should always be the last resort, there are several different types that can help our pets with motion sickness and travel-anxiety, including antihistamines, antiemetics, and, in extreme cases, tranquilizers and sedatives. As with any medication, DO NOT give anything to your pet without consulting your veterinarian first. Your vet can give you guidelines on dosage amount and frequency. Be guided by your veterinarian in what they feel is the best solution for your pet.