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Travel Sickness

                

Some of our pets can get very anxious being a passenger in our car. Signs can include:

  • restlessness
  • vocalisation
  • drooling
  • vomiting
  • or even toileting

Here are a few tips to prevent travel sickness.

1) For cats, get them used to being around the cat carrier. Leave it out in their favourite room with bedding inside it, and treats. Try to feed them a meal from inside it so they associate it with positive things instead of trips to the vets or the cattery.

2) For dogs, get them used to them being in the car right from puppyhood. Sit in a stationary car with them and feed them treats to get them used to it. Then drive a short distance e.g. around the block and then give them lots of praise and treats if they are well behaved. Drive them to the park, even if it is only walking distance away, so they associate getting in the car with positive things.

3) Do not feed them before the journey if they are prone to vomiting but always make sure there is access to water.

4) Allow fresh air to enter the car, but make sure all pets are restrained to prevent them from trying to escape through the window.

5) Do not have the radio on too loud and try and make your driving as steady as possible so there are no sudden stops.

6) Pheromone collars and sprays can help to reduce stress. Spray the inside of the cat carrier or a blank your pet sits on approx 30 mins before the journey.

7) Take regular driving breaks

If all that fails speak to us about travel sickness medication for your pet