How To Prevent Your Dog From Getting Car Sick

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  • Inactivity
  • Excessive yawning or panting
  • Whining
  • Excess drool
  • Vomiting
  • Fear of cars
  • Uneasiness



  • Anxiety – some dogs can experience anxiety just like humans do, it can come across a lot like motion sickness
  • Associating the car with negative things – like the vet!
  • Disorientation or uneasiness while traveling


  • Ginger – sometimes something as simple as a homemade gingersnap cookie piece can remedy an upset stomach
  • Dramamine – while this is frequently given to humans for motion sickness, it can also be given to dogs!
  • Benadryl – this is mostly an aid in sleeping, which could also help your dog relax if they are feeling sick
  • Prescription drugs – if no other remedies seem to help your dog, seeing a veterinarian and having your dog maybe take prescription medication could help

Other Tips

  • Work your way up to long trips – if you dog has not been on one yet, start them with short trips and get to longer, see how they react, and go from there
  • No food before a long trip – eating too close to going on a trip can also aid in an upset stomach
  • Keep them toward the front of the car – just as for humans, being in the back of a car can be disorienting and sometimes cause sickness
  • Bring a toy or blanket that your dog is familiar with to comfort them

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