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What happens when dogs get car sick?

Dogs can sometimes seem very human to us. They seem to have emotions and moods just like us, and often have similar health problems as us. But can dogs also suffer from motion sickness in a car?The answer is yes! Dogs can get car-sick just like humans, and it's a common concern for pet lovers. In fact, dogs get car-sick for the same reason as us: motion affects the inner ear, which sends signals to the emetic center of the brain, the part which controls vomiting.. Most of the time, your dog's body sends a signal to vomit directly to the emetic center. In some cases, like motion sickness, the signals first travel through an area in the brain that causes symptoms such as drooling, anxiety, and nausea. And cars are not the only stimuli to blame - dogs can experience motion sickness from any means of travel, including airplane, boat, or train.How do you know if your dog is feeling car-sick? Some visible signs include an increase in drooling, excessive panting, and frequent swallowing. Other dogs begin pacing or frequently look around. Another more obvious sign of car-sickness is vomit. Yes, dogs who get motion sick sometimes throw up just like humans! The symptoms differ from dog to dog, and even between situations. One patient of mine, a pit bull named Daisy, gets car-sick in only one model of car.Motion sickness in dogs is a bigger problem than you'd think, too: at least 1 in 6 dogs in the US experience vomiting due to motion-sickness. This
surprised me - 82% of dog owners say they would travel more if their dog did not get motion-sick. The number of motion-sick dogs may actually be much larger, since many people do not bother to visit their veterinarian for help with their dog's car-sickness. In fact, 58% of dog owners report that they have delayed or postponed their vet trips because of their dog's motion sickness.But such a prevalent problem must have a simple solution, right? Well, until recently there hasn't been much people could do about their dog's car-sickness. Some people used over the counter human medication to treat motion sickness in their dogs, a practice which I strongly discourage. Human medicine affects dogs differently from humans, and can have side-effects that can do more harm to your dog than good. Fortunately, now there is a simple solution for your dog's car-sickness: CERENIA® Created by Pfizer Animal Health, CERENIA® (maropitant citrate) tablets are the first FDA-approved veterinary medication developed specifically to fight vomiting due to motion sickness in dogs. CERENIA® is safe for dogs, even dogs who are on other medication. And tests show that CERENIA® was 93% effective in preventing vomiting with just one pill.Pfizer's CERENIA®is an easy way to finally put an end to your dog's motion sickness troubles! The catch is you need to actually consult with your veterinarian about your dog's car sickness - something there is no reason not to do! Vomiting should be reported to your vet even if you feel sure that it was caused by a trip in the car. This is simply because your dog may vomit for many reasons including dietary issues like swallowing something he shouldn't have, intestinal virus, and even organ failure. If your dog experiences vomiting, get him to a vet to rule out more serious causes!So if you're one of the many dog owners whose dogs experience motion sickness, you don't have to let your dog suffer in silence. Speak to your vet about the issue! In fact, you don't have to let your dog suffer at all. 

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car rental in Iceland on Wednesday, December 05, 2012 1:13 AM
It is an important information for the people who carry their pets during a car trip. Pets can also feel vomiting during the trip, so be prepare.
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pet friendly holiday on Monday, June 17, 2013 8:13 AM
Dogs can sometimes seem very human to us. They seem to have emotions and moods just like us, and often have similar health problems as us
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