You’re not alone if your cat gets motion sickness every time you take him to the vet. Many animals get car sick just like some people do. This may be because your cat is not used to car rides. If you only take him in the car once a year, he doesn’t have much time to get used to trips.
Try taking your cat on short car rides so that he can get used to the motion. Also, don’t feed your pet for at least four hours before a car ride. They will often do better if they don’t have a full stomach.
Over-the-counter drugs are available for motion sicknesses, such as dimenhydrinate or meclizine. However, since pets require different drug dosages than we do, it’s best to consult with your veterinarian before giving your pet any medications. Your vet may even be able to provide you with medicines designed specifically for pets.
If you have questions about your pet’s health, submit them to Dr. Lauren at drlauren@petside.