Travel Anxiety can be difficult to diagnose and manage.
Anxiety can develop at any age, although most pets will start to show signs between 6 months and 3 years old.
It is important to recognise signs of anxiety in our pets:
Reluctance to get in the car
Hiding or trying to get out of the car
Urinating/passing faeces inappropriately
So what can we do?
Lots! It’s not always a quick-fix, but there are many strategies we can implement.
Often ‘Travel or motion sickness/vomiting’ is actually a symptom of anxiety, therefore using a short acting anti-sickness drug can help in the short and long term
We recommend a detailed discussion with your vet about the signs your pet is showing, so we can help formulate the best plan
This is a short acting tablet that stops vomiting and nausea. It is very effective for stopping short term vomiting and for helping with the severe anxiety of travel which often results in vomiting.
Using Cerenia for repeat journeys can, over time, significantly improve anxiety levels.
Can be very effective for some patients, it applies gentle pressure, like being hugged or swaddled
Pet Remedy diffuser and spray:
A very cost effective method of helping with anxiety
DAP/Feliway diffuser, collar and spray:
A well known brand which uses pheromones to calm and relax dogs and cats
Again, this is s product I have had some great success with in many of my patients, you need to use it for a few weeks to build up its effects
Skullcap and Valerian:
Herbal options can be very effective in many patients
This takes longer, and is often most effective when used in conjunction with other remedies
We can use sedative tablets (not older drugs such as ACP) in some refractory cases, but this would need a detailed discussion with your vet
Travelling doesn’t have to be traumatic for any member of your family, but it can take a long time to improve
Not all options are effective or suitable for all pets, the best advice is to discuss your pets individual issues with your vet to get the best plan of action.
Seek advice as soon as you start to notice that your pet isn’t happy in the car!
NB: all of the above are useful starting points for any situation which causes your pet to be anxious