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Travel Sickness Remedies for Dogs

Dogs who are fearful of travelling may drool, vomit, pant and whine in the car. Although medications can help alleviate acute travel sickness, behaviour modification is a more comprehensive approach. You can begin this process by getting your dog used to car rides. Allow your dog to explore the car while stationery, then proceed by taking her on short trips around the block and gradually building up to longer journeys of an hour or more.

Cerenia

Cerenia is a prescription-only medicine for dogs who experience vomiting as a result of motion sickness in the car. Made by the Pfizer corporation, Cerenia works by blocking vomiting receptors in the brain. Dogs should receive Cerenia at least 2 hours prior to travel. The medication comes in pill form, or for extreme cases, as an injection given by veterinarians. This remedy can be given for up to two days for motions sickness and five days for acute vomiting. Rare side effects can include diarrhoea, bloody stools, loss of appetite, drooling, vomiting or retching, muscle tremors, flatulence, ear inflammation and death. This drug should not be given to dogs younger than 16 weeks of age.

Ginger

One of the least expensive travel sickness remedies for dogs is the Chinese herb known as Ginger, says Dr. Demian Dressler, author of "The Dog Cancer Survival Guide." Ginger pills can be found in health food stores and administered by sprinkling a small amount of the pill on wet food that your dog will want to eat. Give up to 500 milligrams for dogs 6.8 Kilogram and over and 250 milligrams for smaller dogs weighing less than 6.8 Kilogram. The fresh form of ginger is found in the produce section of grocery stores. To feed it to your dog, remove the skin with a peeler and finely mince the root. Give small breeds ¼ teaspoon and larger dogs up to ¾ teaspoon, up to three times daily. Remember that ginger has blood-thinning properties; do not give it to dogs on anti-coagulant medications that stop blood clotting.

Rescue Remedy Pet

Rescue Remedy Pet can help alleviate the emotional distress and resulting nausea that some dogs experience when travelling in a car. Created by Dr. Edward Bach in the early 20th century, Rescue Remedy Pet is an alcohol-free, liquid tincture comprised of the healing energy found in flower essences that, when combined, work to reverse the effect of negative, harmful emotions. Rescue Remedy Pet can be purchased in liquid and cream form. As a tincture, it comes with a dropper bottle that makes administering the medication easy, either as several drops in your dog's water, directly on the tongue or combined with water and spritzed near your dog. The Rescue Remedy cream can be applied armpits, groin or other easily accessible areas of your dog's skin.

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Rene Agredano is a traveling journalist and entrepreneur based in Fort Collins, Colo. Since 1998, she has covered travel, home-and-garden, fitness, animal care and other lifestyle topics for publications such as "The Times-Standard" newspaper of northern California. Agredano holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Chapman University.