Just like people, dogs can can have trouble tolerating car rides. I remember when we got Simon in 2002. He was 12 weeks old and couldn’t go 15 minutes in the car without throwing up. My car STUNK for months.
When he was almost a year old, we moved from California to Illinois. We drove our 2 dogs and 2 cats in my SUV and a few miles into the drive we realized it was going to be a very long trip. We began to consider having to put him on a plane to get him home. But then within a few hours miraculously he got his “car legs” and was no longer throwing up in the car. Ever.
For many dogs though, it’s just not that easy.
And even a quick trip to the vet means a big mess.
But there is a natural way to offer some relief to your dog, and hopefully keep you from having to clean out your car after every trip to the vet.
Natural Motion Sickness Relief for Dogs
- Put a drop or 2 of peppermint essential oil on your dog’s collar before it’s time to get him in the car.
- Then put a drop or 2 of peppermint oil on 2-3 tissues. Put the tissues in the air vent of your car. Turn your air conditioning, fan or heat on to let the air blow through the tissue acting as a diffuser.
- Open the car windows slightly to keep the air pressure regulated.
- Optional – add a drop or 2 of lavender essential oil to your dog’s collar in case their nausea is partially a result of being nervous.
Peppermint oil helps soothe digestion which may help alleviate nausea that some dogs experience when riding in the car. Lavender oil aids in relaxation and can assist the body when adapting to stress. The car can be confusing and stressful for some dogs.
The last time I took Sadie to the vet she threw up 4 times on the ride in the car. 4 times. So I was not looking forward to her most recent trip to the vet. In preparation I followed the steps above. And I crossed my fingers.
And it worked.
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