We love our pets! They bring so much joy and unconditional love to our lives.
When traveling, we really enjoy bringing our 4 legged family members with us. So many hotels and resorts are pet friendly these days, lucky us! You can take your furry friend on an airplane and there is now even a cruise ship that accepts pets.
But what happens when your dog doesn’t like to travel because he gets motion sickness? Take heart, now the same all natural blend of homeopathic ingredients in GoPatch Motion Sickness patch can be used by dogs as well as humans. *
Do Dogs get Motion Sickness?
Yes, any breed of dog can get motion sickness. In fact, it’s a common problem although it happens more often in puppies than adults. Young dogs get car sick mostly because their inner ear, which helps maintain equilibrium, isn’t fully developed.
Motion sickness is sometimes due to anxiety or stress. Or it can be a physical reaction to the motion of the car.
Dogs also get car sick if they are over stimulated, anxious or have had bad experiences riding in a car in the past. No matter what is causing it, it can all lead to the same thing, your dog vomiting while riding in your car.
Symptoms of Motion Sickness in Dogs
Do you know the symptoms of motion sickness in dogs?
Unlike humans who can tell you when they are feeling nauseous, pets sometimes suffer in silence when riding in a car. However, there are a few telltale signs that your dog may be experiencing motion sickness.
Here is what to look for:
- Excessive drooling
If you are vigilant, you’ll be able to recognize the signs and prevent your dog from feeling nauseous and help provide her relief before it happens.
Can I Help my Dog Overcome Motion Sickness?
If you want to help your dog overcome motion sickness you first need to figure out the cause. If your 4 legged friend is anxious and stressed before getting in a car, then the best way to handle that is to calm him down, and spend time teaching him that this is not a bad experience. First, take him to the car, let him get in and out. After your pet feels confident you can start taking him for short rides. Once he has mastered that, take him for longer rides to see if he is “cured”. If he is then you can start enjoying going for a ride with your furry companion.
Whether it’s anxiety or a physical reaction to riding then you should be using GoPatch Nausea & Motion Sickness Pets patches. GoPatch works incredibly well to calm the anxiety your pet associates with traveling.
If you apply GoPatch, even minutes before hopping in the car, this will provide a sense of calm for your pet and even help you get them into the car.
Do Cats get Motion Sickness?
While we don’t often hear people discuss Motion Sickness in cats, as cats only tend to travel once or twice a year to the veterinarian, Motion Sickness is a common problem for cats also.
Symptoms of motion sickness in cats are close to what dogs experience; excessive drooling, vomiting, diarrhea and being more vocal. GoPatch Nausea & Motion Sickness Pets patches work on cats as well.
If you would like to know more about MS in cats, you can find out more here.
Why GoPatch is the Best Solution for Motion Sickness in Dogs & Cats
GoPatch is a homeopathic remedy that gives relief to the symptoms of motion sickness in dogs and cats as well as anxiousness.
Yes, it was developed for humans, but don’t worry, through our customers we have learned that it works amazingly well on dogs too.
How to Apply GoPatch Motion Sickness
GoPatch Nausea & Motion Sickness patch is a topical patch that adheres to the skin. If your dog has short hair and you can see the skin, just stick it on the belly. If you dog has thick and/or long hair you may have to trim the hair so the patch makes contact with their skin. Interestingly, dogs know that it is giving them relief from their nausea, so they don’t try to remove it.
When removing, peel off slowly, as opposed to ripping it off. As an alternative, you may want to use a wet cloth to gently remove the patch.
Over the Counter Drugs for Car Sick Dogs
We all want our dogs to be healthy and happy. We feed them the most nutritious food, give them healthy treats, schedule regular vet visits and even do acupuncture and massage for them! So why would you use an over the counter medication for car sick dogs that has side effects? Dimenhydrinate (Dramamine) or meclizine (Bonine) are often recommended to treat motion sickness in dogs. These over the counter medications can have side effects on your pet. They can create dizziness, disorientation, severe dryness while calming their upset stomach. Your pet can’t tell you if they have these reactions.
There is also a prescription medication that is on the market called Cerenia. This drug works to prevent vomiting in dogs. The catch is that it has to be prescribed by a veterinarian. The most common side effects are loss of appetite, loose and watery bowel movement, lethargy or weakness, increased salivation and drooling and drowsiness.
If neither of these work, we have even heard of alprazolam (Xanax) being prescribed.
Commonly Recommended Remedies for Motion Sickness in Dogs
Just as for humans, ginger is often advised to calm an upset stomach in dogs. It is important to remember to ask your veterinarian before feeding ginger to your pet, to make sure that your dog is healthy and that you are giving the correct amount. Ginger is known to thin blood, lower blood pressure and blood sugar.
Another recommendation is to not feed your dog up to 12 hours before travel. No food and no water. This is so there is nothing in the stomach to throw up. This seems a little extreme for us.
You can also try letting your pooch sit towards the front of the car can also help settle him down, or opening the windows slightly to equalize the air pressure inside your car.
Where Can I Buy GoPatch?
I Own a Pet Store, Can I Sell GoPatch products?
GoPatch would love to be sold in your pet store! If you own or manage a pet store or a veterinarians office, please contact us at WeCare@TheGoPatch.com.
Adventures await! Head out to the mountains for a hike or plan your next pet friendly vacation with your pal!
Thanks to GoPatch, pooch puke from motion sickness will be history.
* Since this patch is licensed only for humans, we cannot offer treatment advice for pets. Please consult with your veterinarian.