There's nothing better than going on a road trip with your dog. Whether you're hitting the open road with your Great Dane in your Honda Pilot or cruising the city streets with a poodle in your Accord, dogs just make traveling better. They’re your besties, after all!

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Unfortunately, some dogs and puppies are prone to car sickness, which can result in nausea and vomiting, among other ailments. The good news is that there are natural, healthy ways to help prevent or treat car sickness in dogs.

What is dog car sickness?

If your dog is showing signs of car sickness, you may have questions about what is causing it. There is a lot we don't know, but according to The Preventative Vet, the primary theory is sensory signals from the eyes to the brain get jumbled. As a result, the “vestibular movement-sensing” areas within the inner ear can’t interpret the data properly – “are we moving or not?” – which can trigger nausea, drooling, yawning, and vomiting.

Signs your pup isn't feeling well

Vomiting is the most obvious sign, but not every dog throws up when the they get car sickness. According to professionals, the following are signs that your dog isn't feeling well:

  • Panting
  • Whining
  • Yawning
  • Wide eyes
  • In-activity
  • Drooling
  • Pacing
  • Swallowing
  • Lip-licking
  • Hunched back or other changed body posture
  • Lips pulled back and tight facial muscles

It's important to note that many of these symptoms are the same as anxiety, so your dog may be anxious as opposed to carsick. Then there are dogs who have both anxiety and car sickness at the same time. This can be more than a little frustrating – and make you feel like a bad dog parent – when trying to figure it out.

That's why you need to keep your vet in the loop if you see these symptoms. Try keeping a list of the symptoms your dog is having so that your vet has a better idea of what is going on.

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Natural ways to prevent car sickness

Before you start giving your dog something to treat or prevent motion sickness, make sure it’s doggie car sickness. There are lots of dogs out there that never get sick, so if you've never been on a car trip with your dog, see how they react first.

If you’re confident they’re feeling sick while driving, there are several products on the market that may help. Just be sure to check with your vet before you start giving your dog something new, like prescription-strength Benadryl or Dramamine, which both have mild side effects, including dry mouth.

Other dog car sickness products and solutions, like opening the car windows, are more natural, including the following:

Ginger

Ginger is a great natural treatment that is safe for your dog in the right dosage. Talk to your vet about how much your dog should take and give it to them about an hour before the ride, so it has time to get into their system. 

CBD

CBD is another natural option to treat dog sickness, although the jury is still out on this one. There isn't very much research out on it, and it is not legal in some states, but many dog owners swear by it. 

Car Accessories

Some people would rather desensitize their dog rather than giving them meds, and that's perfectly fine. There are actually lots of products on the market that can help with this. There are dog car seats that can be latched into your vehicle, dog hammocks, seat covers, and more.

One of the best “products” you can have is a vehicle designed with dogs in mind. Honda makes many of its vehicles, such as the Honda CR-V, Passport and Pilot, to accommodate dogs of all shapes and sizes. Inside you'll find plenty of space for your BFF, and with a reliable Honda to get you there, you know you'll arrive just fine.

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