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Topic: Car Sick Dog
chocolab
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chocolab
Car Sick Dog
on: January 6, 2010, 05:28

I have a chocolate lab and he gets very car sick even on short trips.
I came across a site http://www.mizter.com. They claim that car ground straps have been used for decades to prevent motion sickness. I would like your opinion.


Thanks


Melissa


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Re: Car Sick Dog
on: January 6, 2010, 21:28

Hi Melissa.


That’s interesting, indeed! I’ve never heard the theory that static electricity causes car sickness. I’m not sure I buy the theory, to be honest. If static electricity was prevalent enough to cause car sickness, you’d expect to experience very frequent “zaps” while riding in the car. I need to do a bit more research on this, but right now, I’d say this is probably a gimmick. (But if any other readers out there have information on this topic, please do share!!)


To be honest, I’m guessing it’s probably one of two things that’s causing your dog to get car sick: motion sickness and anxiety. The two are very closely interlinked: The dog gets car sick and so the dog comes to associate the car sickness with the car ride. Anxiety develops as the dog anticipates the negative experience of vomiting and nausea in the car and this anxiety only worsens the dog’s car sickness and nausea. So it’s a circular problem that tends to worsen with time: car sickness –> anxiety –> anxiety worsen’s dog’s car sickness –> car sickness worsens the dog’s anxiety.


To solve this, I might speak to your veterinarian about giving dramamine to your dog; this will cure the dog’s motion sickness. Once motion sickness is no longer a problem, you can work on helping the dog to form a new positive association with the car. This will eliminate the dog’s anxiety about car rides. In cases of more severe anxiety in a dog, there are non-prescription anxiety remedies for dogs, like Nutri-Vet Pet-Ease Calming Supplement: http://bit.ly/5GDW5X


I’ll write a more detailed article the causes and how to cure car sickness in dogs in the next day or so and I’ll provide a link as soon as it’s published.


Best of luck with your dog. ;-)
-Mia Carter
Owner, The Sick Dog Blog


admin
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Re: Car Sick Dog
on: January 6, 2010, 23:35

Hi Melissa.


Here is my latest article on how to help a fearful or anxious dog who’s suffering from car sickness:


http://bit.ly/5CiZeg


Hope that helps!
-Mia Carter
Owner, The Sick Dog Blog


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