Motion Sickness in Pets
As with people, pets may suffer from motion sickness when riding in cars or trucks. While this phenomenon is fairly common, it is not clear why some pets are more predisposed to this than others.
Symptoms of motion sickness may include restlessness, panting, drooling and even vomiting. Some pets may get so upset that they will learn to vomit on anticipation of even entering a car at rest. Other pets will develop motion sickness at various points on a long trip. Treatment of motion sickness usually involves medications such as Benadryl or Dramamine. A newer veterinary drug known as Cerenia may also be effectively used for motion sickness in pets. A homeopathic remedy known as Cocculus may also be helpful in some circumstances.
Sometimes crating pets or using special restraints while riding in vehicles may help lessen the severity of motion sickness. Gradually increasing the length of car trips from a few minutes on up may also help to get pets accustomed to longer trips in moving vehicles.