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Pups in Motion: Keeping Your Dog Active

Pups in Motion: Keeping Your Dog Active

The Wiggly Woes of Motion Sickness

As a dog parent, I’ve had my fair share of wild rides with my furry companions. You know the scene – you’re cruising down the highway, windows down, and your pup’s head is happily bobbing out the window, tongue flapping in the wind. But suddenly, that joyful panting turns into a not-so-pleasant bout of nausea and vomiting. Yep, motion sickness has struck again!

It turns out that our canine companions can be just as susceptible to the woes of motion sickness as we are. In fact, according to VCA Hospitals, motion or car sickness is more common in younger dogs, as the parts of the inner ear involved in balance aren’t fully developed yet. But even our adult pups can struggle with anxiety and stress during travel, often associating the car ride with unpleasant vet visits or other stressful experiences.

So, what are the telltale signs that your pup is feeling a little queasy? According to the experts, keep an eye out for things like excessive drooling, panting, restlessness, or that classic “green around the gills” look. And if you think the inevitable is about to happen, a quick pit stop for a little walk can sometimes help temporarily relieve the stress.

Tackling Travel Anxiety

Now, I know what you’re thinking – how in the world do I prevent my dog from turning my car into a mobile doggy barf bag? Well, my fellow dog parents, the key is all about desensitizing and counter-conditioning your pup to the joys of car travel.

Zoetis recommends starting slow – simply placing your dog in the car, turning on the engine, and sitting there for a few minutes without going anywhere. Gradually work your way up to short trips around the block, always making sure to praise and reward your pup for good behavior.

The goal is to help your furry friend associate the car with positive experiences, not nausea and anxiety. And remember, you can’t rush this process – it may take days or even weeks of gentle, patient training to get your dog comfortable in the car. Scolding or forcing the issue will only make things worse, so stay calm and keep those treats handy!

Keeping Canines Active and Arthritis-Free

Of course, motion sickness isn’t the only mobility challenge our four-legged friends can face. As our pups get older, that pesky thing called arthritis can start to creep in, making it harder for them to get around and enjoy the activities they love.

But fear not, my furry friends! There are plenty of ways we can help keep our canine companions active and healthy, even in the face of this common condition. According to the experts at Simon Veterinary Surgical, the key is a combination of proper treatment, diet, and low-impact exercise.

For starters, it’s crucial to work closely with your vet to develop a personalized treatment plan for your pup. This may include medications, physical therapy, or even alternative therapies like acupuncture or massage. And when it comes to diet, make sure you’re feeding your dog a balanced, nutrient-rich meal plan that can help support joint health and reduce inflammation.

But perhaps one of the most important things we can do is to keep our arthritic pups moving! Low-impact activities like swimming, gentle walks, and slow-paced games of fetch can help maintain muscle mass, improve joint mobility, and even have an anti-inflammatory effect. Just be sure to start slow and gradually increase the intensity and duration of your pup’s workouts.

Staying Active Together

At the end of the day, our canine companions are happiest when they’re out and about, exploring the world alongside us. And whether it’s conquering motion sickness, managing arthritis, or just finding new ways to stay active, the key is to approach it with patience, creativity, and a whole lot of love.

So, let’s get those pups in motion, my friends! Grab your leash, pack a few extra treats, and let’s embark on some incredible adventures together. Who knows – maybe we’ll even find a few new ways to keep our furry friends wiggling and wagging for years to come.

And remember, if you ever need a little extra help or inspiration, the wonderful folks over at I Have Dogs are always here to lend a paw. Happy tails, my fellow dog lovers!

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