Remedies for Dogs Who Fear Car Rides

May 22, 2014

Lots of dogs love the opportunity to jump into a car and go for a road trip. In fact, in many cases you barely get the car door open and they're already inside, just waiting for you to turn that ignition key and open the windows so that they can enjoy the great breeze. On the other hand however, there are those pets who are not quite as crazy about the idea of taking a car ride. Many pets associate the car ride with a visit to the dreaded veterinarian, or in general are just very uneasy with the whole situation.

Wouldn't it be great if there was some way that you could alleviate the fear and anxiety that your pet experiences during long car rides? Well, this is your lucky day because there just happens to be such a remedy that works like a charm in this type of situation. Aconitum Napellus is a homeopathic treatment that will help your pet deal with their fear of traveling. For dogs, administer one tablet an hour prior to leaving on your trip and another one just before you get into the car. (Dosages will need to be adjusted accordingly and based on body weight for cats.)

The other problem that pets sometimes have with traveling is that of motion sickness. Whether you are traveling by planes, trains or automobile, make sure you treat your pet with a dosage of Cocculus before you leave.



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Posted by Kyrie (NY, NY) on 09/24/2008
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Aconitum is a great remedy all around and if you have it in your cabinet - it will come in handy if there is ever a sudden shock or trauma (after 9/11 - it was very useful. It also can help with post traumatic stress).

There are some other remedies, if you would be willing to give it another go...

Homeopathy works by treating the individual and while aconite is a great remedy, it might not have suited your friend in this particular case.

For terrible fear - off the top of my head, I would head straight to Arsenicum. Is he a fearful dog in general? Does he clean himself a lot? Does he have digestive issues? Is he generally hot or cold?

If you give me a couple of insights into your dog's personality - things that you think are unique to him - I might be able to help you.

Write to me if you want: Notaazul (at aol) dot com

Replied by Michelle
Long Beach, CA
09/24/2008

Hi - We are looking for further info on what Aconite is, how to administerit to my dog and where I can get it.


Posted by Angel (Long Island, NY) on 09/09/2006
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The dog is very scared. i would NOT try this. It didn't help at all. i just went out and spent money on this stuff.


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Posted by Hoa Ly (Woodstock, GA) on 02/12/2008
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My Great Pyr always seemed to fear the car and would drool when going for a ride. I was told that magnesium deficiency was leading him to have motion sickness. Just adding a magnesium supplement helped.

Replied by Reka
LA, CA
10/14/2008

Magnesium Supplement for car sickness- how much should you use for a 12 lbs dog. Would I give my Yorkie Chihauha every day or only when traveling in the car?


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Posted by Delores (Wilmslow, England) on 10/02/2009

Does anyone know of a remedy for motion sickness in cats. My cat will be taking a 8 hour flight to England and suffers from severe motion sickness such as vomiting and foaming from the mouth. The doctor does not want him to take any medication


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Posted by Tj (Bridgewater, Ma) on 12/12/2009
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Car Fears - Raw Bones

My dog had a fear of riding in the car even when we went someplace fun. He would whine, pace and drool the entire time.

I've found if I keep him occupied in the car, he doesn't even notice the ride. So whenever we go anyplace longer than a 10-20 minute drive, I buy a large soup bone at the grocery store. He spends the entire ride chewing on the bone and doesn't even notice that he's in the car.