Spotlight on Your Dog’s Motion Sickness

Your golden retriever Marty wants to explore the wide world around him. That’s why Marty has always loved his rides in the family car, plastering his face against the windows to see the changing landscape. Lately, though, one-year-old Marty hasn’t enjoyed his car rides very much. First, he began whimpering and whining; and once Marty suddenly vomited on the car seat. You know dogs can experience motion sickness from car, boat, and plane trips. While you think Marty might be the latest victim, you’d like your veterinarian from Holt to confirm your hunch and give Marty some relief. Learn more about dogs’ motion sickness problems.

Your Dog’s Downhill Slide

If Marty suffers from motion sickness, he’ll show progressively more noticeable symptoms as the ride continues. First, Marty will frequently lick his lips; and then he’ll drool like crazy. Next, Marty will begin yawning and moaning; and then he’ll sit completely still. If you’re still confused, you’ll see the light when Marty vomits on your car’s upholstered seats. If Marty really becomes distressed, he might even leave a pile on the car’s immaculate floor.

What’s Behind the Tummy Turmoil

Since Marty’s just out of puppyhood, his gastrointestinal upset might go along with his young age. Marty’s sense of equilibrium is still developing, making him more prone to motion sickness. However, Marty might outgrow his motion sickness problems as he becomes older.

Or, maybe Marty’s still reliving a horrible travel experience. Your poor pooch still recalls that awful weekend getaway, when he was forced to share the back seat with your hissing, growling cat Buster. While Buster was stuck in his cat carrier, his intentions toward Marty were clear. Since then, Marty’s probably convinced that Buster’s lurking in the car, waiting to attack him without warning.

Confirming the Diagnosis

First, your vet will evaluate Marty’s symptoms; and he’ll likely rule out a neurologic or behavioral cause for your dog’s problem. Once the vet hears about Marty’s travel experiences, he’ll probably conclude that motion sickness is behind Marty’s miseries.

Several-Part Solution

To resolve Marty’s motion sickness, your vet will likely recommend several tactics. Open the car windows while underway, as that should reduce the interior air pressure and make Marty feel more settled. Make regular potty stops, and bring along Marty’s favorite toys to distract him. Finally, don’t let Marty eat for several hours before the road trip. While Marty’s stomach might growl incessantly, he’ll have less food in his stomach. That should lessen his chances of vomiting during your car trip.

If Marty’s motion sickness hangs on, ask your Holt vet about giving your dog a stomach-calming medication. After all, you’d like your playful pooch to enjoy traveling in the car again.

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