Dog motion sickness is more commonly seen in puppies and young dogs than in older dogs, just as carsickness afflicts more children than adults. The reason for this is because the ear structures used for balance isn’t fully developed yet in puppies.
If the first few car rides of your dog’s life left him nauseated, he may have been conditioned to equate travel with vomiting, even after his ears have fully matured.
Stress can also add to travel sickness, so if your dog has only ever ridden in the car to go to the vet, he may literally worry himself sick on the road.
The best way to prevent dog travel sickness is to make the car ride as comfortable as possible for your dog.
You can do this by making the ride as comfortable as you can. Half opened windows can be helpful to pass air through their ears. Giving him company during the ride with another person in the back seat with him rather then just the driver can also be helpful.
Try changing his seat from front to back or vise versa. If nothing helps then a veterinarians help can be useful, there are some medicines for anxiety and stress relief but if you need something stronger than the calming aids you find online, they can be prescribed after consulting with a veterinarian. The hemp calming aids you’ll find on Amazon are very effective and helpful in regards to this issue.
How to make a car trip interesting for your dog
- Talk to your dog : Talking to him doesn’t make you a lunatic or crazy, saying his name for him to know you are talking to him, telling him a favorite story, and talking to him about favorite moments, etc. can help. This can aid in keeping him busy.
- Take a toy along for him : You can take your dog’s favorite long lasting chew, bone or toy for him to play with, this will keep him busy for a while instead of becoming anxious due to boredom.
- If the journey is quite long, you can stop at a dog’s inn, a park/mountain trail or to a dog park and take him for a walk for a while until he releases any pent up energy and is tired, before continuing on the journey.
- You could also take treats for him and give them to him little by little just to keep him busy on the journey.
- If your dog is the type that gets entertained by watching television, you could buy a mini television in your car and tune it to a dog channel for him to enjoy himself during the ride. You can also play calming music you can find on YouTube.
The key to reduce boredom is to keep him busy throughout the whole journey.