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Treating Canine Car Sickness

Author: MayaAndPierson
August 7, 2011

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Trips to the beach, the dog park and other weekend excursions can be a lot of fun for both you and your canine companion! Most dogs love the chance to get out of the house and socialize with fellow doggy companions. However, if your lovable pooch suffers from car sickness, these outings can become an unpleasant experience for both owner and pet.  

Unlike people, canine car sickness is not always caused by motion.  A carsick pooch is very likely feeling ill from the anxiety caused by a strange situation. Cars can be loud and scary for a dog that hasn’t had very much exposure to car travel. Symptoms of travel anxiety include drooling, pacing, trembling, whining, yawning and vomiting. Thankfully, owners can do a couple of things to ease this stressful situation:

If your dog isn’t used to car rides, start with drives around the block. Slowly progress to longer car trips as your pup gets used to the situation.

Avoid feeding your dog less than one hour prior to travel- this might lessen the feeling of nausea.

Keep your car on the cool side by turning your air conditioning up or lowering the windows a little. A hot, stuffy car can contribute to your pet’s nausea and discomfort.

Try an over-the-counter stress reliever for dogs like Homeopet Travel Anxiety Drops. These types of products might help a mildly affected pooch feel at ease while inside a moving vehicle.  

If your dog’s car sickness is severe or does not lessen over time, contact your pet’s veterinarian. A prescription medication to treat vomiting like Cerenia may be prescribed.

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Saturday Blog Hop

Author: MayaAndPierson
August 6, 2011

Lots of dog blogs out there that I’d love to share!  Visit them all at the Saturday Blog Hop!!

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August 4, 2011

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Many people like to take their pets with them when they travel.  But what will you do with your dog when you have to go inside a building, such as a grocery store, where he does not belong?  You may have to leave him in the car.

Leaving a dog along in the car is unsafe for two major reasons.  First, the car heats up quickly even if it is not hot outside and the windows are down.  Second, someone could steal your dog.  When people see our Breeze Guard Window Screens, they hope that they have found the solution to these two major problems.  However, this is a common misconception.

Here is a good question often asked by our customers for the Breeze Guard Window Screens:
“The two top fitting around the door frame on the outside looks like cloth… Is it safe to leave valuables in the car? (Like my dog) …can’t they just cut the straps?”

Our reply:
“Thank you for contacting us regarding the Breeze Guard Window Screens. The pieces fitting around the door frame are strong velcro-like pieces. They are much more durable than regular velcro. Someone could cut the straps but it wouldn’t be any more difficult or easier than jimmying the car open or breaking a window. Non-professional criminals are looking for an easy-in such as an unlocked door while more professional criminals have the same tools for unlocking car doors as tow truck drivers or lock smiths. Because of these criminals it is never safe to leave your valuables, especially your pet, in the car.

“The Breeze Guard Window Screens are not intended to be theft guards. They are intended to keep your dog from putting his head out of the window and getting hit by flying road debris, from jumping out the window while the car is in motion, or from accidentally getting tossed out the window in the event of a car accident or emergency car maneuver.

“We hope this information has been helpful.  Thank you for considering us for your pet auto safety needs.  Please let us know if you have any additional questions or concerns.”

Another thing we could have replied to this customer was that even with the Breeze Guard Window Screens, the car can still get very hot inside.  Leaving the windows down in your car can alleviate the heat a little bit, but it is no substitute for air conditioning or a nice fast breeze coming through an open window when the car is in motion.

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