by car and other forms of transportation such as planes and even trains.
What causes this:
A disconnect between what the body feels and the eyes see. The inner ears sense motion. And the body is moving during turns, deceleration, and acceleration. Yet, the eyes see the interior of the car which is not moving.
Drooling, heavy panting, upset stomach, nausea, vomiting, and/or panicked behavior.
Onset: This can begin within moments of driving or may develop after a certain amount of time has lapse (every dog has his/her own limitations).
Once a dog starts to feel sick in the car, most will not feel better until they exit. However, there are lots of things that all work together to help prevent this from occurring:
Keep your Shih Tzu in a raised booster car seat.
Keep windows slightly open. In the summer and in the winter, you’ll have to turn up the AC/heat to compensate; however, a bit of moving air always helps.
Keep the car slightly cooler than you would otherwise. This is particularly relevant in the wintertime when you may be prone to cranking the heat.
Offer a bit of sugar 10 to 15 minutes beforehand. A little bit of sugar can help calm the tummy and a small jelly bean can do the trick. Be sure to not offer anything with chocolate or sugar substitutes; both of which are toxic to canines.