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Published: Nov 03, 2011

Some people are prone to getting motion sickness when traveling by car, boat or plane and the same problem can arise for pets.

According to, puppies are more prone to getting motion sickness because their equilibriums don't fully develop until they've matured. As they age, these dogs may even outgrow the problem altogether. VCA Animal Hospitals reports that motion sickness can occur in pets of any age and is related to irregular motion on the delicate balance mechanisms of the middle ear. Motion sickness can also be more of a behavioral or psychological problem. For example, if a pet had a bad travel experience as a youngster, travel may trigger anxiety and motion sickness throughout life.

VCA reports signs of motion sickness may include restlessness, salivation and vomiting. reports that pets may lick their lips nonstop, cry or whine in distress and in extreme cases may even urinate or defecate in the vehicle.

VCA suggests that owners try keeping a window partially open so their pet can get fresh air. Allowing a pet to sit properly restrained in the passenger seat may also help to curb the sick feelings as well.

According to PetMD, if this problem occurs regularly, an owner should bring his or her dog to the veterinarian health clinic to have it examined. The vet may recommend training tools to help stop the travel or car-related anxiety. In some cases, medications may be prescribed in order to help a pet relax and travel without distress.