Summer Fun

Posted on Wednesday, May 15th, 2013.

With summer vacations right around the corner, don’t let motion sickness deter you from bringing your four-legged family members along. Though the nuisance of a nauseous pet can cause a damper, there are easy things that you can do to prevent those upset tummies. Here are some ideas from the April issue of Today’s Veterinary Practice. First, learn to recognize the early signs of nausea-drooling, licking lips, panting, and yawning, to try to prevent vomiting. It is good to note that a stressed animal can mimic one suffering from motion sickness. For these animals, it is best to make the act of riding in a car more pleasant. Some suggestions to make the experience positive would be showing the pet the car but not going anywhere. Also, let them take in the sights and smells and reward with a treat. In addition, make the car as comfortable for the pet as possible, lower the temperature or crack the window. Another trick is to not feed the animal 30 minutes prior to any trip. Finally, if all else fails, there are medications(antiemetics) that can be used. These drugs are FDA approved and are very safe and effective in use for motion sickness and/or stressed GI upsets. For those cases where your furry family just can’t tag along don’t forget Crossroads Animal Clinic has boarding available. We also offer additional playtimes for our guests, if requested. Playtimes consist of one on one time with our kennel technician outside with an array of toys. It can also be held indoors if need be. If you have any questions or would like to place reservations for boarding please feel free to give us a call anytime!