WOLFDOGS AND CAR MOTION/SICKNESS
A common scenario/issue, as you and your wolfdog/pup are in your car headed to a activity/ride/destination, when suddenly your woolfer is not looking so good and perhaps a bit panicky. He looks a bit wan, and starts drooling, and even paces/stands still.
This is the beginning signs, and usually indication the big blow is about to come........Before you know it, those biscuits and treats you gave your fido when he hopped into the car have reappeared almost magically!...be warned... it could be from both ends!!! -- in the mess he vomited/poo'd all over your leather seats.
Be pro active and always have a cleaning kit on hand, as well as appropriate towels/paper towels/plastic bags/small tarp/dust pan(used to scoop up with) and blankets ect. Also limit food intake before these trips many hours a head of time, even the littlest treat is subject for a second go around....water too!!!!!
As you’ve probably already figured out, wolfdog car sickness is real challenge, and it can make even the shortest trips stressful for you and your beloved fido, the secret is starting out young..with little car rides..5 to 10/15 minutes at a time, as to condition the animal. Make it a real fun time...when done and home..what a minute or two...to see if they are ill..it not give a treat..followed by a good boy...or a good girl.
Fortunately, there are things you can do to quell your wolfdogs nausea, from conditioning your wolfdog to dislike the car, to loving it. Please seek professional advice from your vet if you are wanting to use meds to help ease the process.
What Causes Dog Motion Sickness?
A wolfdog's motion sickness is more commonly seen in puppies and young dogs but can also effect older woolfers too, just as carsickness affects more children than adults. The reason for this is because the ear structures used for balance aren’t fully developed in puppies, but also note, that woolfers are also uber dialed in beings therefore prone also to these energy flows. This isn’t to say that all woolfers will outgrow travel sickness, though many will have to just ease into it slowly. A part of this conditioning, is to make it as pleasant as possible, so as to lessen his or her anxiety and stress levels. Make it a grand reward..park..play..new and fun play date ect.
If the first few car rides of your dog’s life left him nauseated, he may have been conditioned to equate travel with the uncomfortable feeling of vomiting, even after his ears have fully matured. Stress can also add to travel sickness, so if your wolfdog has only ever ridden in the car to go to the vet, he may literally worry himself sick on the road with anxiety. That is why it is so important to do those little trips here and there...making it a pleasant surprise that is fun. Keep him wondering and anticipating greatness and fun. It is a super distraction, as to lessen those visits to other places he may have some fear associated with.
Signs of Woldog Motion Sickness
- Excessive drooling....a huge indicator you have got about 5 to 10 minutes before the big blow...which could be from both ends.
The best way to prevent wolfdog travel sickness is to be proactive to it, so make the car ride as comfortable as possible, meds maybe used if vet supervised, like Dramamine.
Your Woolfer will experience fewer nauseating visual cues if he faces forward while you’re traveling, rather than looking out the side windows, or course..if they are moving all around, it may be to difficult to control.
One way to guarantee a bit more control, is by using a specially designed dog seat belt. If you choose to have your dog ride on the front passenger seat, keep in mind that air bags do pose a potential hazard to dogs. Even though you can’t be sure your woolfer will face forward while riding in a travel crate, many people prefer to use crates for safety and to prevent injury-- and they do have the added benefit of containing vomit, should your dog become ill, making clean up a snap...we hope!
Another thing that may help your dog’s motion sickness is to lower your car windows a couple of inches while the car is moving. This helps balance the air pressure inside the car with the air pressure outside, which may help reduce your pooches nausea and discomfort. Also, be sure to keep the car cool and well ventilated, as a hot or stuffy vehicle can contribute to unpleasant sensations for your dog that is stress and anxiety induced..
GOOD LUCK...AND REMEMBER TO CONSULT YOUR VET FOR MED USAGES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!