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My dog always gets carsick

Our dog Pickles always gets carsick when we travel. We've tried gypsy weed and taking him on small trips but nothing works.

Lorraine Storr, 58, Park Holme, SA has a five-year-old Pomeranian/Australian terrier cross named Pickles.

The Pet Whisperer says:

Carsickness can be caused by stress or the unnatural motion of a moving vehicle. Some dogs fear car travel as they're afraid of the sights and sounds, others because of where they're going - usually the vet!

The best natural remedies are ginger, peppermint and vitamin B. Give him a couple of ginger-nut biscuits 30 minutes before car travel. If he's afraid, try to desensitise him to car travel. Begin by having him sit in the car when it's stationary and reward him with a treat.

After several repetitions, try starting the car while he's in it. When he's comfortable with this, drive a short distance. Slowly increase time in the car and keep your voice cheerful. By making car travel a rewarding experience Pickles will grow to love it.


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