Carsick canines

By Connie Orcutt • Published: September 1st, 2013
Category: Animal Airwaves

If your dog turns green on car rides, you know firsthand that our animal buddies can get motion sickness just like we can.

Nausea is most common in puppies whose sense of balance is not well developed. Most dogs grow out of it, but some still associate the car with car sickness. Stress can also bring on barfing.

If canine car sickness has you both feeling ill, here are some tips. First, give your buddy a break from the car for a week or two. When you begin again, first just approach the car with your pup, next time sit in it, and so on. Restrict food for a few hours beforehand, but give your pooch a small treat before climbing into the car. Then take short trips to fun places like the park. Keep the car cool, well ventilated and comfy and try to keep your dog from facing the side window. A toy saved for car time can also help.

The goal is making car time fun time.