Whether the motion sickness involves humans or our furry pals, it can be difficult to deal with. Many people are using alternative methods of treatments, such as herbs and folk remedies, to treat their motion and seasickness. Seasickness occurs on boats, on planes and in the car, which puts a lot of individuals in the uncomfortable position of feeling ill while traveling.
Prevention and Symptoms
Often times, an individual will not know if they are prone to motion sickness until he or she is on a long car ride or trip. Prevention, if at all possible, may be the safest way to go. There are several ways to prevent motion sickness. For example, do not eat for one to two hours before leaving for the trip. Taking small trips in preparation for longer trips is also recommended. Doing this will allow individuals prone to seasickness to become accustomed to the car, boat or plane ride. The car should remain comfortable and well-vented for everybody.
Many dogs enjoy riding with their head out the window, but this isn’t necessarily the best thing for the dog. Riding with his or her head out the window may irritate the eyes by drying them out from the wind.
Dogs and cats can be given motion sickness medications too. A veterinarian can prescribe or recommend something or the animal can be given a small, or child’s dosage, of the same human remedy. There are over-the-counter medications available.
Ginger naturally settles the stomach and has been used to aid in stomach problems for centuries. It is an age-old folk remedy and can be used on a dog or cat as well as on humans. Ginger is available in powder form and can be added to the animal’s water. It is also available in a dried candied form and can be given to the individual directly to nibble on, as-needed.
Mint also naturally settles the stomach. Mint is available in many different forms, but one herb in particular, mentha piperita, is exceptionally good for dealing with motion sickness in both pets and people. Kalium phosphate can be used as a natural tranquilizer and can be used for animals who suffer from anxiety while riding in the car or on a plane. Dosage is dependent on the size of the dog. Adults can drink mint tea to settle their stomach during a car ride and older children can be given mint candies or mint gum to help settle their stomach.