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How To Ease Your Dog's Motion Sickness

Taking your dog on a road trip can be a great experience for both you and your pet. For most dogs, going on a road trip with the family is an exciting experience. However, some dogs experience motion sickness on long car rides. This makes the car ride uncomfortable for them no matter what the destination.

If your dog is one of those that experience motion sickness, you may be wondering what you can do so that you don't have to leave your beloved pet at home when you decide to go on a trip. Take a look at these tips that will help you to deal with motion sickness in your dog.

Calming Pheromones

There are calming products on the market that contain pheromones. They often come in a spray or a collar format. Whenever you are ready to hit the road you can place this collar around your dog's neck. You can use the spray at least twenty minutes before traveling. Use it to spray the inside of your vehicle and the travel kennel that your dog will be kept in on the trip.

Use Supplements

Fortunately, many supplements are designed to calm dogs. Ask your vet before you administer them though. Some of these supplements must be taken for several days or weeks before your trip for maximum benefit. Many of them do not have any side effects. If they do have side effects they tend to be very minimal, this makes them relatively safe to use.

Try Aromatherapy

Lavender oil is a safe aromatherapy that you can use as a spray. You can spray a little bit of lavender on your dog's collar to help keep them calm. You can also pour some of the lavender oil on a cotton ball. Place the cotton ball in the vehicle in a hidden spot ten minutes before you leave the house so that the aroma can fill the car. When you are finished with the cotton ball dispose of it safely. The last thing you want is for your dog to find it and start chewing on it.

Calming a nervous pet before a trip is important. It is hard to enjoy a trip when your dog is anxious, it can make what should be a happy outing unenjoyable. Try out each of the tips given here before settling on one, since every dog will react differently.

For more information, contact a veterinarian specialist.