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8 Tips to Help Calm and Prepare your Puppy for Road Trips

May 18, 2017
With the summer travel season approaching, new dog owners are excited about taking their newly adopted Golden Retriever puppies to dog parks in Inland Empire, fun road trips, or even across borders. Dogs are fantastic travel companions, but some pets have a hard time getting used to car rides.

Travel anxiety or motion sickness is a real problem that affects puppies more than adults. Fortunately, young dogs usually "grow out" of carsickness by the time they reach the age of one year.

You can tell that your pet is anxious if she begins to pant and refuses to settle down at the thought of a car ride, or even vomits at the sight of your travel gear. This can ruin a well planned road-trip before it even begins.

So, what causes travel anxiety and motion sickness for dogs?
There are many things that can cause your pet to become anxious about getting in the car, including:

Association of the vehicle with any kind of stressful or traumatic experience - the anxiety can cause physical illness that results in diarrhea and vomiting

Suffering from vestibular disease - this affects adult dogs and causes them to feel nauseated

Fear, anxiety, and stress can make your pet car sick even before it starts moving. Fortunately, you can train your Golden Retriever puppy out of her motion sickness by taking her on short trips and creating happy and joyful associations. Of course this excludes trips to the vet.

Here are some other tips to get rid of your dog's carsickness:

Exercise just before departure to drain some of her energy and help her relax

Avoid big meals before departure

Provide some form of entertainment during the road trip to keep her distracted from the drive - playing with a favorite toy can even make the trip pleasant

Provide sufficient ventilation - but don't let your Golden Retriever ride with her head out the window. The combination of fresh air and soothing music can help to calm them.

Use pheromones from your veterinarian or pet store. Pheromones are substances released by female dogs after birth to help calm and soothe their offspring. Pheromones are available in collar form and as a spray, and can help reduce anxiety.

Your pet can feel less anxious if she's properly secured with a travel harness, carrier, or travel crate. This also improves travel safety.

As a last result, you may consult your veterinarian about using medications to relieve your pet's anxiety. Usually, acclimating and calming your Golden Retriever should be enough to help her enjoy car travel. But if nothing works, your vet can recommend sedatives, antihistamines, anxiolytics, or a neurokinin receptor blocker to manage anxiety and associated symptoms.

Final Note: focus on creating positive experiences for your Golden Retriever puppy by making short, fun trips around Inland Empire, before embarking on a long road trip.
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