I posted the following information on LinkedIn to help a member, and thought you might find it useful as well.
Car sickness is certainly one of the more unpleasant issues we can deal with as pet parents. There can be more than one cause for car sickness in dogs, from anxiety to an immature inner ear in young dogs.
Natural treatments for car motion sickness may include:
Holistic remedies: Rescue Remedy, scleranthus, mimulus and walnut.
Herbs for an upset stomach/nausea: Ginger, peppermint, catnip, fennel and dill.
Herbs for anxiety: Skullcap, passionflower and oatstraw. Valerian will calm hyper dogs and also helps a nervous stomach.
Ginkgo: Improves blood circulation in the inner ear, so it may help juveniles experiencing motion sickness.
Essential Oils: All essential oils should be heavily diluted. Calming oils include Lavandula angustifolia, Valeriana officinalis, Anthemis nobilis, Ocimum basilicum, Origanum marjorana, Salvia sclarea, Vetivera zizanoides, Citrus aurantium, Citrus sinensis, Citrus bergamia, and Citrus odorata. Peppermint and ginger are available as essential oils for the treatment of nausea. High quality is an absolute must for effective treatment with essential oils. You can order them from Escents Aromatherapy in Canada or from Starwest Botanicals in the USA. Try making this Easy Essential Oil Recipe for Dog Nausea and Vomiting.
Note: Be very careful treating cats – they can be hypersensitive to essential oils and herbs.
Crate: It is safest for your dog and you to secure them in a crate. Becoming familiar with the crate before traveling in it will help to calm them.
Training: If the issue is anxiety, take dogs on short drives to do fun stuff. Tell them in your excited voice that you’re going to play ball or whatever, then talk about it on the way, and repeat the phrase while you’re at the destination. They soon associate it with something positive so anticipation replaces anxiety. Do it often and slowly increase the distance driven.
Has your pet experienced car sickness? Were you able to help them?
*!* NEVER LEAVE YOUR PET IN A VEHICLE UNATTENDED! *!*
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