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How to know if your dog is experiencing motion sickness

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Zoetis. The opinions and text are all mine.

It’s no secret, we love to travel! There is no shortage of new places we want to visit, foods we want to try, viewpoints we want to see. Since we moved to the west coast, it’s been so much easier to grab the pups, hop in the car, and take a road trip somewhere new. We’ve seen Joshua Tree, San Diego, Mammoth, and Lake Tahoe to name a few in just the last year.

We are lucky. Neither of my dogs get motion sickness, so it’s been easy for us to travel with them both by car and by plane. However, within the online dog community, I’ve seen others who have posted about going on long road trips and having to stop every once in a while, since their dogs would vomit from being carsick.

Motion sickness is something that sadly both humans and animals can experience. And it sucks. You know, when you’re squished into the back of an Uber with some friends and the driver is weaving in and out of traffic and you start to feel sick? Or for us, we often feel it on our dive trips when we’re out at sea in a tiny little boat that’s shaking back and forth. That nauseating feeling? Yeah, dogs can feel that too.

Vomiting isn’t the only sign of motion sickness. Motion sickness could mean excessive panting, lip licking, pacing, whining, drooling, dry heaving, and of course, vomiting.

Thankfully, our friends at Zoetis developed a medication that effectively prevent vomiting in dogs due to motion sickness! If you’re not sure whether your dog experiences motion sickness, you can check out this checklist to learn more. With any medication, it’s definitely recommended to talk to your vet, and they can provide a prescription if they think your dog could benefit from it.

Happy road-tripping with your pup!

Emily is a Los Angeles based content creator with a passion for photography, videography, and storytelling. Through @emwng, you'll find photos and videos of people, places, delicious food, and of course, her two fluffy sidekicks Kokoro and Chibi.

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