Is traveling stressful for dogs?

Have you ever wondered if your dog really enjoyed that trip to Hawaii? Or, did he have a good time as much as you did? Well, if you’ve traveled by plane, the answer is probably NO, but if you’ve traveled less distance and by car, the chance they loved is still not good.

Our four-leg friends just aren’t as excited about changing their surroundings, and this sudden change often results in anxiety, which is why it’s recommended to leave your dog home when traveling a long distance.

Still, if you’re too attached to a dog, and just cannot imagine a vacation without them, there are ways to reduce anxiety or even train a dog to take a road well, whether it’s by plane or by car. Here is a video to check out if you’re looking out to travel with your dog.


We’ve researched what it is it that makes dogs anxious, and we came up across a very few solutions to the problem, so we decided to share it with you. Below you’ll find all you need concerning the problem.

How stressful can it get for a dog and how to prevent it?

Stress level and anxiety

Motion sickness is not just something a cat experiences, and believe it or not, your dog is exposed to it as well, especially if he’s not used to it. While dogs take visiting a vet much better and almost never make a fuss when you bring them along to the shopping centers, they do get anxious when they’ve been driving for a few hours more. This is mostly due to the fact they’ve used to have their space, and in-car they’re often limited.

Furthermore, if you’re traveling by plane, the situation gets even worse, since dogs really do fee the change. It may not be as drastic, but still, their body responds to it, which often goes unnoticed given they keep their posture better than cats. This is why it’s recommended to drug your dog with supplements before the flight.

It simply makes things better in terms of their mental state. If you’re someone who avoids pharmaceutical products, there are still natural remedies as an option out there. Even though your dog may not show they need it, trust us, they do.

Natural remedies

Flower tinctures

Flower tinctures became a quite popular product when dealing with stress in animals, and dogs responded to it positively. Not only that it has a calming effect on their behavior, but it also affects their inner state. Dogs are sensitive and they require much more attention to detail in order to know what is wrong. Flower tinctures can be used at home as well, but they’re recommended in situations like these as they have a strong effect, but still keep your dog unaware of it.

They’re also easy to make if you’re opting for a homemade version, and if not, they can be found pretty cheap in stores.

Medical Cannabis

While it’s avoided for all the different reasons, Cannabis supplements are probably the most effective way to deal with stress, in humans and in animals alike. Apart from the health benefits, cannabis supplements are guaranteed to work, and what’s most important, they relax your dog to the point he not only takes the trip well but also enjoys it.

Even though cannabis supplements are often branded as hard to find, or expensive, if you’re looking for it, you’ll find it. Most of the vets recommend buying organic supplements, but store-product can work just as well, as long as you watch out for quality. In any case, it’s definitely a go for a traveling with your dog.

Pharmaceutical solutions

Pheromone spray

This is the method most of the owners tend to decide on, not only for the price but also for the availability. Pheromone sprays are something you can easily get at your local vet station, and while they do work well with dogs, they’re not 100% effective.

They, however, relieve stress in dogs naturally and given they’re produced by a dog, they’re less likely to cause any nausea. What we love about Pheromone spray is that it’s something which may not work out as much as we hope for, but it’s at least less likely to cause your dog to respond to it. In any case, it’s worth having in your bag if you’re looking to travel with your dog any time soon.

Conclusion

Dogs can cause a bit of a fuss, but they still can be great travel companions. Using any of the remedies above will help your dog deal with the fact they’re changing the location. Let us know if you’ve used something else and it proved to be working out just fine. Also, feel free to ask any question you might have in the comment section below.

At last, here is a quick list of the remedies we mentioned in the article, although we still consider it’s best you leave your dog home:

  • Flower tinctures
  • Medical Cannabis
  • Pheromone Spray

SOURCES:

https://www.peta.org/living/animal-companions/tips-traveling-dogs/

https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/home-living/complete-guide-to-traveling-with-your-dog/

 

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