The signs and symptoms of Travel Sickness in Dogs

The signs and symptoms of Travel Sickness in Dogs

Dogs, like humans can suffer from travel sickness. Sometimes it is purely down to the dog being overly sensitive or not being used to the movement of the car, and other times it is down to the dog being nervous and scared about travelling in a car. Both triggers for travel sickness can be managed, in order for your dog to have a more pleasant experience

Signs and symptoms to watch out for of travel sickness in dogs;

  • Excessive yawning and stretching
  • Whining and crying
  • Panting
  • Chewing
  • Vomiting
  • Licking of lips
  • Listlessness

How to help your dog overcome travel sickness;

  • Give your dog a supplement to help calm their nerves before the journey. Our Keep Calm Tonic is packed full of calming ingredients to help de-stress and relax your dog.
  • Do not feed your dog right before they are due to travel. Feed a couple of hours before in order to allow plenty of time for your dog to digest the food.
  • Try and keep your dog facing forward wherever possible. This is hard in a crate but if you have a seatbelt extension for your dog then this can minimise them facing the wrong way.
  • Keep the windows open slightly to keep the air flowing.
  • If you have a passenger, ask them to distract the dog as this can help. Taking a toy or speaking to them can work well.
  • If your dog gets travel sickness due to worrying, then desensitising your dog will help with this by gradually build up the length of time your dog spends in the car. Start with just getting your dog to sit in the car and not driving anywhere, building up to longer journeys. You can use positive reinforcement to reward your dog. Our Calm and Relaxed treats are perfect for this. Not only do they taste great, they are easy to digest and contain lavender which is a natural stress reliever.
  • If a natural supplement does not help to stop the sickness, then stronger anti-sickness medication can be prescribed from your vet.

Be Prepared!

It is always a good idea to pack a box of essentials when travelling with your dog, even more so when travelling with one that is susceptible to travel sickness! We suggest packing the following items, just in case the worst happens and your dog does vomit;

  • Towels
  • Anti bacterial hand gel 
  • Carrier bags
  • Kitchen roll and baby wipes
  • Newspaper

Hope this helps!

Laura, Dolly and Reggie xxx