car sickness in dog Motion sickness affects as many as one in five dogs, but you might not recognize when your pet feels nauseous. If your dog isn’t eager to jump in the truck with you, she might have a very good reason. See if you recognize any of the following “tell-tail” signs that indicate motion sickness:
1. Restlessness
2. Drooling
3. Inactivity or yawning
4. Dry heaving
5. Shaking
6. Whining
7. Excessive lip licking
8. Pacing
9. Rapid panting
10. Vomiting
Dry heaving and actually vomiting may be obvious, but many dogs don’t exhibit these behaviors when they feel woozy. For some, a car ride may be a reminder of a bad experience, and any car ride afterwards feels stressful.
Your dog’s motion sickness can be attributed to the ears’ vestibular system that controls balance and helps the dog process motion. Sometimes puppies are affected with motion sickness, but later outgrow the tendency. Other dogs are simply more prone to it for their entire lives.
Abigail, a three-year-old Rat Terrier, happens to be one of those dogs that would routinely experience motion sickness. Now she’s been prescribed Cerenia, a medication to alleviate symptoms of travel sickness. With the new medicine, she can happily accompany her family on all their camping trips.
If your dog exhibits one or more of these behaviors, talk to us about Cerenia. Many patients, like Abigail, have great success with Cerenia, and a few can’t travel without it. Give us a call, and let’s talk about improving your pet’s travel attitude.
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