Cat and Dog Car Sickness

Just like us humans, while some pets are stylish travellers, others are not so elegant in the car and may experience vomiting or anxiety.  Traveling with your pet and having an anxious pet in the car is not only stressful for the pet, but also for the driver.  If our furry friends vomit in the car, it is unpleasant for them as well as for the poor soul who has to clean the car seats.

Luckily, there are things we can do about this problem.  There are sedatives such as acepromazine which help with anxiety, as well as reduce vomiting.  Acepromazine is safe in most patients but should not be used in those with epilepsy.  There are also anti-vomiting medications such as metoclopramide and maropitant that may help if your pet’s primary problem in the car is vomiting and not anxiety.

These medications usually come in tablet form and need to be given 30-60 minutes before travel to allow the gut to absorb the drug before the car trip.  If you think your pet requires any of these medications, he/she will require an examination by a veterinarian who may prescribe appropriate medication.  If the pet is only taken on car rides to go to the vet, anxiety may be related to this and a few short drives that do not end at a vet hospital or boarding facility may help reduce anxiety.  For safe travelling, cats should always be confined in a cat carrier and dogs should wear a car harness which is attached to a seatbelt.

How are your pets in the car? Do they get sick? How do you deal with the cat and dog car sickness? Share tips with us in the comment section below!

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