How do I help a dog with car anxiety?

How can I help my dog with her car anxiety? I have a labradoodle and she's super anxious about riding in the car. I really want to take her on road trips, but I don't want to make her uncomfortable! How can I help her?

Answer
It’s great that you want to help your dog! Your pup could be experiencing motion sickness, and that may make her really uncomfortable when she rides in the car. The first thing you’ll want to do is take her to the vet.
At the vet, get her a formal diagnosis and treatment. That way you can make sure she has the things she needs before you head out on any road trips.
In the meantime, there are a few things you can do to make her more comfortable:
  • Keep the car cool.
  • Open the windows for fresh air.
  • Take your pup on a walk and to the bathroom 10-15 minutes before your trip.
  • Use dog-safe CBD or anxiety treats to calm her down.
Vets are always worth the price, but they can be a little expensive. If you want to save money in another area after seeing the bill for your pup’s treatment, you might want to make sure you’re getting the best deal possible on your car insurance.
The easiest way to do this is through the Jerry app. We’ll get you personalized quotes from top-of-the-line providers so that all you need to do is pick the plan that works best for you! And once you’ve chosen one, we’ll even help you switch. That way you can have more money and time to spend with your dog!
Best of luck with your pup, and hopefully any future drives go a little easier!
Ben Guess
Answered on Oct 25, 2021
Ben has a BA in Journalism + Design from The New School, as well as three years’ experience in content writing and data journalism. They are deeply interested in how the car industry intersects with issues of inequity in the world, as well as in making auto insurance more accessible through writing. When they’re away from the keyboard, they enjoy baking, embroidering, and playing Dungeons and Dragons with friends. They are based in Boston, Massachusetts.
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