December 18, 2007

Traveling With Your Dog

When we first adopted our dog, she was still less than a year old, we had a really hard time bringing her on our trips because she ended up vomiting during the car rides. It was never pleasant cleaning up messy pukes in a fabric material car seats, nor was dealing with the puke smell for the rest of our trip, and nor was the thought how bad the doggy must be feeling inside, probably feeling so sick!

But few years have gone by and our doggy started becoming more like a traveler. She enjoys car rides and traveling with us nowadays. It was not an instant change though. Instead of shocking our dog with long trips like we did in the very beginning, we decided to gradually bring her to shorter trips like going to the post office, or a short ride to the nearest grocery store, just so she get accustomed to the car environment at first and she get adjusted to it. We decided to gave her short but gradual travel training. We also try to avoid feeding her plenty of food and water before the trip. Just before a trip, if we needed to feed our dog, we usually just give her little portions of food, just so she will not starve and not too much food, so that she will be so full, she is more likely to vomit during the trip.

So if you have the same problems (puking and vomiting) with your dog during travels, try to practice your dog in shorter trips first. More preferably not more than 30 minutes drive, so that she will get use to the car environment, having an idea of bumpy and unstable position of being a car passenger and she will know how to react in those scenarios. Also try controlling the amounts of food that you feed your dog before each trip and during the trip. And for longer trips, try to make rest stops in between to relax and unwind the dogs stamina and stress during car rides.

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