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Helping Cavalier King Charles That Getting Travel Sick

Dogs are similar to humans in many ways. Many people tend to get dizzy when traveling to another place in a certain vehicle. Canines are no exception, especially when traveling with loved ones by car.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, especially puppies, often get carsickness when traveling. That is mainly because the internal structures of the ear, which are those that give the ability to balance, are not fully developed. Generally, this can lead to our pet feeling nauseous and vomiting.

Helping Cavalier King Charles That Getting Travel Sick

Also, suppose your Cavalier King Charles Spaniel has already had a bad experience traveling by car in the past. When it sees a car, it could feel anxiety as it associates the vehicle with unpleasant things or traumatic moments.

These situations must be treated in time for several reasons:

  • You will not be able to comfortably take your Cavalier King Charles Spaniel to the vet for regular check-ups.
  • If you are a person who travels a lot to another city, you cannot leave your canine alone since we know that they may suffer from separation anxiety.

Symptoms of Motion Sickness

Motion sickness or travel sickness includes carsick, seasick, and airsick. Dizziness and vomiting are not the only symptoms that Cavalier King Charles Spaniels present when traveling in a vehicle:

  • Exaggerated swallowing
  • Excessive drooling
  • Immobility
  • Panting
  • Restlessness
  • Whining
  • Yawning

How to Prevent Travel Sickness in My Cavalier King Charles Spaniel?

There are several ways to avoid this situation in a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, whether a puppy or an adult.

Note: Since the car is the most common vehicle in which we can see a dog of this type, our explanation will be based on it.

Adaptation to the Vehicle

Just as socialisation training consists of introducing our Cavalier King Charles Spaniel to people and animals, in this case, we will need to introduce our pet to a car.

The best way to achieve that is by getting in the car with our Cavalier King Charles Spaniel every day for a few minutes. It is not necessary to start the vehicle. You simply have to sit with your pet and spend some time there so that it adapts to the car’s environment.

After a few days, you can start the car (without driving anywhere) so that the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel gets used to the vibration. Playing with your canine inside the vehicle using toys is an excellent idea so that it feels comfortable and happy in that place. Carry out this practice for several days.

Once you see that your Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is already comfortable inside a car, you can start driving from one place to another.

Make sure you start doing it for short periods. You can begin by taking it to the nearest supermarket and then go home. You can change places and travel time the following days until your Cavalier King Charles Spaniel adapts completely.

You must bear in mind that this will be a prolonged process, and you will need a lot of patience. If you see that your Cavalier King Charles Spaniel feels nervous or anxious during training, stop the car and pet it.

Create a Comfortable Travel

Many people allow their canines to stick their heads out the window. While dogs love to do this, many get dizzy watching everything go by at such a fast speed.

  • It is best to place a dog seat in the back and away from the windows during a trip.
  • Make sure you have a dog seat belt to prevent it from moving around and getting hit.
  • Roll down the car windows to let in the fresh air. Fresh outside air, along with indoor air conditioning, can help your canine reduce nausea.
  • It is never recommended to feed a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel before a trip.
  • Bring your pet’s favourite toys to every trip so that it always associates the vehicle with moments of fun.

Medications to Prevent Nausea

There are certain occasions in which the previous recommendations do not work, so we will have no other option but to go to the veterinarian. He will prescribe the best medications to prevent nausea in your pet.

Options can range from a sedative to natural plants or herbs like ginger, lavender, or valerian to help calm your Cavalier King Charles Spaniel during travel.

Dramamine is a medication created especially to treat a dog’s nausea during a trip. It should always be accompanied by some food.

Benadryl and any other antihistamine are medications that, although their main function is to treat allergies, also have a sedative effect to help your Cavalier King Charles Spaniel relax during the car trip and prevent nausea.

In fact, these types of medications also help reduce symptoms caused by the stress of traveling, such as drooling and excessive panting.

It should be noted that Benadryl can cause side effects in our Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. That is why it is essential to go to the veterinarian to give you the best recommendations.