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Motion sickness in dogs

Just like us, dogs can suffer from motion sickness in the car. It’s best to get your dogs used to the car at a young age and slowly increase the length of the trips.
Motion sickness in dogs

Motion sickness in dogs is often shown through vomiting or drooling.

Your best bet with avoiding motion sickness in your dog is to get them used to the car early. Start practicing with a stationary car, then slowly take longer trips. It can also be a good idea to head to places your dog loves, such as the forest or the beach. This way your dog will learn positive associations with the car.

How to make car journeys more pleasant for your dog

For some dogs, early training isn't enough. Or you may have adopted an older rescue. There are other ways you can help a dog with motion sickness:

  • Don't feed your dog just before departure
  • Make sure they have access to water
  • Ensure air can circulate the car 

Other aids for motion sickness

There are several aids for motion sickness in dogs. In more severe cases of motion sickness, a veterinarian can prescribe prescription medication. There are also non-prescription alternatives you can use, such as calming scent pheromones. Get some advice from your vet as to what is most appropriate.

If you have an Agria Pet Insurance policy, you can access veterinary advice 24/7 through the Agria Vet Guide app.

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