Reducing car sickness in Cavoodles.
A car ride to most Cavoodles is the next best thing to a juicy bone, and the anticipation alone can have many dogs going nuts with excitement. Unfortunately, dogs can suffer from car sickness just like people which can lead to a stressful ride for the dog and a disgusting mess for you to clean up afterwards. You can prepare your dog beforehand with a little conditioning to get them used to the motion.
Puppies and younger dogs are more susceptible to car sickness than older dogs with the reason possibly being due to a less well developed ear structure. If the young Cavoodle becomes sick or experiences nausea during the first few car trips it’s possible they will equate every car ride with discomfort, making it a challenge to travel with the animal. This means it’s vitally important that dogs who don’t take kindly to car travel should be treated as soon as possible.
The first thing you need to do is to determine if your dog is indeed experiencing motion sickness as not all car sickness will end in vomiting. Watch the dog carefully to see if there are signs of excessive drooling, whining, yawning or panting, general unease, listlessness, inactivity, or they show fear of cars. If you notice any of these symptoms, you may be able to pull over before your Cavoodle actually vomits. The dog should then be given a break before resuming the trip.
Dogs who develop a fear of riding in cars can be treated by a veterinary behaviourist to determine the root cause of the behaviour, as it may not be due to motion sickness. As a side note there are no breeds that are more or less susceptible to car sickness.
The following remedies are recommended for owners who suspect their Cavoodle may be experiencing car sickness:
- Use a specially designed canine seat belt to keep your dog facing forward. If possible, make sure your dog does not have a view out of the side windows as this may increase the feeling of nausea.
- Wind down the windows a bit to ensure the inside and outside air pressure is equalized and also to let the dog get some fresh air.
- Try to drive as smoothly as possible. Turns, bends, and frequently stopping and starting can exacerbate the situation so try to lessen the impact by slowing down.
- Avoid feeding and watering your dog several hours before the trip
- Have a special toy that your dog only gets to enjoy while in the car
You can also try to desensitize your Cavoodle by taking them on frequent short trips that end in something they enjoy such as a nearby park. Have someone else in the car keep the dog entertained during the trip and once at the park have some fun with the dog. Also, on the return trip the dog should get another reward for being so good. You can also use different cars during each trip to avoid a negative response to a particular vehicle.
If you have tried all of the above and failed, then you may need to consult with your vet as there are medications available to treat car sickness in dogs.