It is not easy to take care of a dog since we must take into account many aspects that involve its maintenance and feeding. This situation can be even more challenging if it is a Vizsla.
These animals are characterized by their high level of physical activity as well as their friendly personality. They are pets that need to be with their owners most of the time, so they don’t feel alone. In fact, loneliness is one of the causes that makes a Vizsla anxious, which can lead to health problems in the near future.
Taking into account what we have mentioned above, we can determine that Vizslas need a lot of attention to feel loved. It is for that reason that you should avoid doing things that could hurt them emotionally. It is necessary that you do practically any type of activity with them as well as take them with you when you leave home.
Taking your dog to a specific place or on a trip involves having to take it in the car. These animals generally love to travel by car as they can feel the fresh air when they stick their heads out the window. However, many owners are unaware that their Vizslas can get travel sick for a variety of reasons.
Normally, when we take our dog on a trip without taking the necessary precautions, it can become stressed and begin to present various symptoms. This situation is more common in puppies or young dogs since they generally tend to suffer from dizziness because their brains are not yet able to distinguish fast movement (when traveling in a car).
As your Vizsla grows, it will overcome the phase of dizziness and vomiting since it will be more used to it, and its body will be able to support it. In fact, traveling by car will be normal for it. However, not all Vizslas overcome this situation when they grow up, and that may be due to certain factors.
Some reasons why a Vizsla can feel unwell while traveling:
- That will be a normal situation in case your Vizsla is a puppy since its organism and brain are not yet fully developed. For that reason, they tend to get dizzy and vomit more easily.
- The few trips it has had are also a very common reason. Many owners are not used to taking their Vizslas by car for various reasons. If a dog is not used to traveling often, then that experience may be strange to it.
- Maybe your Vizsla is already an adult and continues to suffer from dizziness and vomiting every time it travels in the car. The most common in these situations are past experiences. Many dogs, even cats, remember past trips in which they were sick and tend to associate them with those moments.
- On rare occasions, puppies or adult Vizslas can feel unwell during the trip because they sense that their final destination will not be pleasant. That means that they think or know that they will go to the vet or a kennel, so they become anxious and feel bad.
Symptoms of Travel Sickness in Vizslas
Many people associate this type of sickness with dizziness. Although this symptom is the main one for these types of situations, there are actually other symptoms that your Vizsla can also suffer during car trips. Some of them are:
- Excessive drooling
- Continuous panting
Ways to Help Vizsla That Gets Travel Sick
There are many things we can take into account to help Vizsla in these situations. The first thing is to visit the veterinarian, who will indicate the medications and steps to follow to prevent your Vizsla from suffering from dizziness or having any other symptoms while traveling by car. If you follow every step and advice that the vet has given you to the letter, then your dog will undoubtedly be happy on every trip and will not feel unwell.
We must bear in mind that each Vizsla is different, so not all of them would benefit from a single solution. For this reason, it is important to consider solutions that will help a canine of this type regardless of its situation.
Do Not Feed Your Vizsla before Traveling
This advice is essential. Just as a person cannot eat before exercising, a dog should not be fed before traveling in a car. When a dog has a full stomach, the movement of the vehicle can increase the chance that it will feel bad and therefore vomit. The most advisable thing is to feed it a couple of hours before traveling or failing that when it is finished.
Get Your Dog Used to Various Vehicles
If your dog experiences trips in various types of vehicles, it will be able to travel without any problems in the future. Each of them has a different height and movement, so it is not the same for your Vizsla to travel in a standard car as it does in a truck.
The vibration of the movement of a truck can affect your canine more.
Do Practice Sessions with Your Vizsla
This step can be very effective in most cases. It is advisable to take your Vizsla in the car and make short trips within the city with short breaks.
You can do repeated 15-minute sessions with alternate short breaks, so your dog gets even more used to car trips. In fact, each day you can increase the time so that your Vizsla is able to withstand trips of several hours.
Take It to Fun Places
Taking your Vizsla to fun places such as a park, beach, or some other place where they can play with other dogs will create a beautiful experience for it. That means that your canine will gradually lose its fear of traveling by car because it will remember those beautiful moments. Also, during trips, take your Vizsla’s favorite toys so that it does not get boring because we know the vibrant personality that these animals have.
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Hi there! I’m Stuart, a devoted dog lover and family dog expert with over a decade of experience working with our furry companions. My passion for dogs drives me to share my knowledge and expertise, helping families build strong, loving bonds with their four-legged friends. When I’m not writing for SirDoggie, you’ll find me hiking, playing with my beautiful dog, or studying music.