Travel Sickness

This can be very upsetting for your dog and you too.

 

Our first stage advice is to get your dog used to being in the car.

Choose where your dog will travel in the car (see our car safety page) then feed him in this space regularly.  He will learn it’s a good place to be and be happy and relaxed there.

 

Once your dog hops in or is happy to be lifted in your car then pop him in and turn on the engine.

Do this several times until your dog is ok with that then build it up so you drive your dog to the end of the road and home.

 

Build the length of the journey over time.

 

Don’t always take your dog to the vets and that’s his only journey – dogs quickly learn that car = vets.

 

Take him to his walk location or to see friends, mix it up for him.

 

If your dog is sick then try covering the cage so he cant see the scenery whizzing past as you drive.

You can also try herbal remedies to help your dog.

Dorwest (link to products in our shop) produce excellent products to help alleviate travel sickness.

 

Scullcap and Valerian tablets relieve anxiety, helps relaxation and reduces excessive salivation – give two doses, one about 12 hours before and another 2 hours before the journey, using the dosage rate of 2 tablets per 5kg bodyweight for both doses.  Use the same regime for subsequent car journeys.

 

Travel related stressful tummies

Just like people, stress caused by a specific situation can sometimes result in unsettled tummies.  Finding themselves in any unfamiliar or potentially scary situation can cause stress in our pets and travelling is typical of this, leading to the drooling, shaking and unsettled tummies that many owners notice.

Digestive tablets

Containing ginger, slippery elm, rhubarb and valerian these tablets are ideal to settle the stomach and comfort delicate digestions that may be affected by the stressful situation.  Give the appropriate amount for your pet’s weight one hour before a journey commences.  Remember that sometimes a dog or cat can become unsettled and stressed because of the expectation of feeling discomfort and if this does occur it may be necessary to consider products to help relaxation.

Valerian compound

This liquid is a quick acting supplement making it ideal if an unexpected journey occurs or when your pet is usually calm but finds car journeys stressful.  Containing three calming extracts it can be used to relax dogs and cats and in turn reduce the salivation and shaking that may result.  Simply administer 30 minutes before travel, and for cats in particular who love the aroma also put a few drops on bedding to reduce their travel stress during the journey.

Car safety in our cars

Travelling in our cars with our dogs is something we all do regularly.

 

Have you ever stopped to think about the dangers of dogs that travel on the parcel shelf / are loss to roam the car / sat on the back or front seat?

Let’s take the loose dog sat on the parcel shelf or on the back seat in your car – if you brake suddenly inertia propels the dog forward – this means the dog continues to travel forward at the speed the car was travelling prior to the sudden brake so, if you were travelling at 50 mph you stop your car BUT your dog continues forward at 50 mph. 

We have all seen the car safety tests performed with crash test dummies and how humans are propelled forward in crash situations.  Imagine this was your dog if he is sat on the back seat looking through the front seats but not secured he is likely to fly, in a sudden stop situation, through the front windscreen or hit the dashboard.

 

If your dog was secured by a harness or in a cage he would extend to the maximum length of the harness or hit the side of his cage - neither of which are catastrophic as hitting the dashboard or flying out of the front window.

 

If your dog sits on the front seat make sure the air bag is switched off.  The air bag going off is basically a small explosion in the front of your car and the rate of propulsion of air bag hitting the dog is likely to damage if not kill your dog.

Dogs should ideally travel in the back seat in either a cage or secured by a travel harness.  (link to our shop selling travel harnesses and equipment)   (do video of one of our dogs travelling securely on car harness in back of car).

 

If you would like help or advice about the best way to travel with your dog then email dawn@thedoghouseworcester.co.uk