a dog getting dog car sickness while in the car

Can Dog Car Sickness Happen to your Pet? Here is What We Found

Dogs are one of the most adaptable creatures alive on earth today. Yet, even they can sometimes become sick. This often happens when they are made to travel in cars. Sometimes even very short trips can end up being very uncomfortable for them making them throw up and feel all miserable. Today we will look at why this happens and the steps you can take to prevent it.

Why does a dog get sick in a moving car?

It all has to do with the inner ear of the dog. This is what controls the balance. This balance is achieved by a combination of fluids and nerve endings inside the ear. When a dog is inside a moving car this fluid keeps moving and that makes it difficult for the dog to maintain balance leading to dizziness and ultimately car sickness or motion sickness.

This sickness mostly affects puppies and dogs that are not used to traveling in cars. Most dogs will eventually get used to traveling in cars but sometimes their ears might be overly sensitive causing them to experience a bout of car sickness.

How to identify if your dog is experiencing car sickness?

Apart from the most obvious sign of car sickness, throwing up, there are other symptoms that can warn you about the motion sickness before the dog ends up causing a mess inside the car. These symptoms include

– Inactivity and uneasiness
– Excessive Yawning
– Constant Whining
– Excessive drooling
– Constantly smacking or licking lips

What can you do to help your dog?

1.) Feed it a lower quantity of food before the journey:

If the dog is completely full then it has a greater chance of feeling sick inside a moving car. This can be easily avoided by limiting the amount of food it has just before beginning the journey.

2.) Keep the windows rolled down 1-2 inches:

It all comes down to maintaining a constant pressure inside the car. Keeping the windows rolled down ensures that the pressure inside and outside the car stays equalized all the time. This means that the dog won’t be subjected to sudden changes in pressure which would induce car sickness.

3.) Invest in a good dog car seat:

A dog that is restless has a greater chance of being sick in the car. This can be avoided by getting a good dog car seat. This will keep your dog tethered and in control while still allowing it a reasonable amount of freedom. It also comes with the added benefit of keeping your dog safe during a crash,

4.) Take frequent breaks:

Do not keep the dog just sitting inside a moving car for a long duration as this will induce motion sickness in even the most accustomed dogs. Take frequent breaks as this will do both you and your dog a world of good.

5.) Stop immediately if your dog starts exhibiting signs of motion sickness:

If in spite of your best efforts you see your dog beginning to exhibit the signs of car sickness don’t just keep driving hoping for the best. Stop immediately and do whatever you can to alleviate the dog’s discomfort.

Dog car sickness remedies:

Below are a few remedies and medicine that you can give to your dog before the ride and during if needed.

About Author

Collin Whittaker

My name is Collin and I am the editor and founder of My Used Car Blog. A little bit about my background - I've been an automotive technician for 10 plus years and I have worked for companies like Honda, Nissan, and other major automotive repair shops. I am a husband and a dad to three beautiful kids. My reason for starting this blog/website stems from my love and passion for the automotive industry. I will provide expert and insightful information from my years of experience.

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