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Dogs Get Motion Sick Too, And Here’s How You Can Tell If They Are

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Ah, the 4th of July — the time of the year for that most American of pursuits: the family cookout. I know my family each year gathers up our various dogs and heads somewhere to grill some burgers. However, there is always one possible problem: carsickness.


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However, I am not the only one who could potentially get woozy in the car. I was surprised to find out (though not from my own dog, thank goodness) that dogs can get motion sickness, with some being very susceptible to the malady.

So, how do you tell if a dog is getting motion sick in the car? Well, according to Daniel Edge, DVM, MBA, and Director of Veterinary Specialty Operations at Zoetis, there are several signs to watch for, and not all of them are just vomiting. These include dry heaving, drooling, shaking, whining, and excessive lip licking. Mostly, keep an eye out for combinations of symptoms like these.


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If you think you dog is motion sick, then, what can you do? Well, of course there is always prevention—Edge recommends feeding a dog only a small meal before travelling, and take frequent breaks, once every 2-3 hours you are on the road, to let your furry friend stretch their legs and, let off some energy and go to the bathroom. In addition, the American Kennel Club recommends seating your dog closer to the front of the car so that they can watch the scenery ahead.

Ultimately, Edge recommends speaking with a veterinarian, as there are medications which can help alleviate car sickness.

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Daniel Susco is a native of the Dayton-Cincinnati area, and has written on a multitude of subjects. He can discuss Shakespeare, expound on Classical Mythology, and even make witty jokes about Pliny the Elder (More like “Pliny the Rounder,” right?). In his free time, Daniel enjoys reading, cooking, woodworking, and long walks on the beach (just kidding – sunburn is no joke). See more articles by Daniel.