A certain percentage of people around the world tend to get travel sickness when traveling in a vehicle, be it a car, boat, or even an airplane. The same goes for dogs.
Bernese Mountain dogs often get motion sickness when traveling by car, especially if they have not been trained to do so.
This is more common in puppies since the internal structure of their hearing, which is responsible for maintaining the animal’s balance, has not yet fully developed. Because of this, it is very likely that your Bernese Mountain dog will get sick and vomit when traveling by car.
In the same way, your canine could feel anxious and worried when seeing a car due to some negative experience in the past, so you should be alert.
Reasons Why We Should Prepare Our Bernese Mountain Dog to Travel
There are two main reasons to help a canine in these cases:
Bernese Mountain Dog Vet Visits
Although it is common for many people to take their pets everywhere, the most normal thing is to leave them at home under the care of someone, be it a family member or a dog sitter. But there are times when it is necessary to get our Bernese Mountain dog in the car, and that is when we must take it to the vet.
If we do not train our Bernese Mountain dog to be in the car without getting dizzy, it will be a great challenge to take it to the vet when necessary.
Bernese Mountain Dog Separation Anxiety
Bernese Mountain dogs tend to suffer from separation anxiety. These canines are very attached to their loved ones and need to spend a lot of time with them.
While it is true that we can find solutions to leave them home alone while we are working, the situation gets worse when we have to travel to another city. In these cases, the most common thing is that we want to take our Bernese Mountain dog with us, but a long car trip could cause many problems not only for it but for you and your family.
It is very important to train it properly and take the necessary measures so that the trip is pleasant for your pet.
Bernese Mountain Dog Symptoms of Travel Sickness
The most common symptoms that a Bernese Mountain dog can present when traveling are dizziness and vomiting. However, other symptoms include:
- Excessive drooling
What Can We Do to Avoid Travel Sickness in Our Bernese Mountain Dogs?
Whether you travel by car, boat, or plane, your Bernese Mountain dog needs to adjust to those vehicles slowly. It should be noted that the case of planes and ships is complicated since we cannot have access to them every day. For that reason, we will focus on car trips.
The first thing you have to do is introduce your Bernese Mountain dog to the car. Follow the steps below to achieve it efficiently:
- Get in the car with your Bernese Mountain dog every day for a few minutes. While you are there, you could play with it, pet it or feed it so that it learns to associate the vehicle with a happy moment. It is not necessary to start the car.
- Once your Bernese Mountain dog has gotten used to being in the car (this process may take a few days), it’s time to turn it on but not yet drive it. That is only for the purpose of getting our pet used to the vibration of the engine running. Play with it and pet it to make it feel calm and comfortable.
- After a few days, it’s time to take your canine for a little car ride. Try to go to a nearby place since it is not recommended to start with long trips. A good practice is to take it to the supermarket when you need to buy something. That way, you can kill two birds with one shot.
- As the days go by, you can increase the duration of the trips.
Make Sure Your Bernese Mountain Dog Has a Comfortable Ride
Even though dogs like to stick their heads out the car window, they will also get dizzy seeing absolutely everything moving too fast.
For that reason, it is always advisable to place a seat for your Bernese Mountain dog in the back and the centre so that it is not near the windows. It is important that the seat has a belt to hold your pet and avoid any incident.
Keep in mind that fresh air helps reduce dizziness in our Bernese Mountain dog. Therefore, it is advisable to roll down the car windows to allow fresh air to enter.
Do not feed your pet before traveling if you want your Bernese Mountain dog and your family to have a comfortable and pleasant trip.
Medications to Prevent Nausea
There are two widely used medications that can help reduce the dizziness of our Bernese Mountain dog:
- Dramamine: It is special to treat nausea.
- Benadryl: It has a sedative effect that allows the dog to relax during a trip.