A brown dog riding a car with text "Dog Car Sickness"

Five simple words: “Wanna go for a ride?” These words are enough to launch a spinning of tail wags and leaps of joy to be in a car. For many dogs, it’s the greatest thing since a dog treat. Not only do they enjoy going for a car ride, but they love just hanging out in the car every chance they can get. This is not the case for some pooches who experience motion sickness. Dogs can get motion sickness just like people, which can mean that any trip, regardless of the length of the ride, can be as much fun as a root canal.

Symptoms of car sickness in dogs:
• Licking lips
• Excessive drooling
• Yawning
• Whining
• Vomiting

Here are a few tips to help prevent car sickness:
• Keep the car cool
• Take short car rides to enjoyable places, such as a park
• Limit food and water consumption before travel
• Lower car windows a few inches to equalize air pressure and allow fresh air flow
• Provide a treat after the ride

If all else fails to lessen the motion sickness, consult with a veterinarian about medication for the dog. If anxiety or other issues are involved, additional therapies may be recommended.

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