Amy R. Nickels, DVM

Imagine: You’ve just started your road trip with your furry friend when you hear a particularly disturbing sound, followed by an unmistakable odor. Motion sickness doesn’t just affect humans; studies show that 1 in 5 dogs suffer as well! Sometimes the vomiting may discourage owners from taking pets on trips or to receive necessary grooming, training, or even medical care.

Motion sickness can occur if the eyes, nerves, and inner ear, the parts of your pet’s body that detect motion, become confused. When a pet rides in a car, its eyes sense movement, even though the body isn’t actually moving. This problem may also occur if your pet experiences anxiety when riding in a vehicle.

Although vomiting is a definite sign of motion sickness in animals, it’s not the only symptom.

Other common symptoms include:

• Frequent yawning or drooling • Pacing or restlessness

• Constant licking of lips • Panting

• Lack of energy • Shaking

How can you help your pet cope with motion sickness?

Making sure your pet has a clear view out the windshield instead of the side windows may help. You can also try turning off the air-conditioning and opening the windows. If possible, stay off of long, winding roads. If these measures don’t help, talk to your veterinarian about anti-nausea medication. We recommend Cerenia, which is the first and only FDA-approved anti-vomiting medication for dogs and cats. It safely and effectively prevents vomiting due to motion sickness (from car, boat, plane, or other travel) in dogs.

If motion sickness is preventing you and your dog from taking a trip together, call us at (931) 393-2707