Staffordshire Bull Terrier's
Car Sickness and fear of Driving
For some pets, car rides produce a great deal of anxiety.
A combination of fear and not understanding what is happening will cause drooling, shaking or even vomiting in some dogs. In humans we refer to this as car sickness or motion sickness, however true motion sickness is a result of an inner ear problem.Some pets truly do have motions sickness, and for these animals products such as Dramamine can be used under the supervision of a veterinarian. For most pets,however, the sickness is strictly an overreaction to the fear and apprehension of the car noise, motion, etc. If your pet would rather be anywhere besides in the car, her's how you can help her overcome the fear of car rides.
Get your pet used to the car environment. Get in the car together and have a treat. Talk, happy.Make it a fun time.Don't have the car running, just share a treat and make it a positve experience. Repeat this a number of times on different occasions. You may want to feed your pet in the car.If your pet is afraid of even getting into the car, try feeding or giving a treat close to the car.
Get your pet used to the car while it is running. Repeat step one,only thistime start the car. Give a treat before and after. If she looks or acts nervous,reassure her thateverything is OK. Take your time and make sure she is relaxed before ending the session.
Get your pet used to the motion of the moving car. Once she is used to the car running without any fearful reaction, back the car to the end of the driveway, then forward agian to the garage. Give her a treat and praise her. Repetition is the key. The more you you do this the more confident your pet becomes that cars are no problem.In fact,to her it becomes a great place for attention, praise and even treats.
Now it's time to take a short trip around the block. Treats and praise before and after, and calm, reassuring talk throughout the ride are a pre-requisite. Gradually increase the distanece traveled until your pet is calm no matter how long she's in the car.
Some animals still need something to calm them. There are nonprescription products such as Serene-um, Pet calm and rescue remedy. In severe cases,even stronger prescription anti-anxiety medications can be dispensed by your veterinarian.
Pets make excellent traveling companions so it's well worth the training now for the years of enjoyment it will bring both of you once you get over this obstacle together.
This article is intended for educational purposes only. All content is general pet health information and not specific to your pet. You should not, therefore, rely solely on the information, products or services mentioned in the article in lieu of consultation with your own veterinarian.
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