• Fear of Traveling

    • Calming Collars

    When it comes to traveling, even the most outgoing and enthusiastic dog or cat can develop fear. For some, it’s a feeling of car sickness or even vomiting. For others, it’s the association with the destination — such as the vet or groomer. Both are understandable.

    However, this fear from traveling in your dog or cat can lead to any number of symptoms such as excessive drooling and vomiting, barking and whining in dogs and howling and meowing in cats. Excessive trembling, attempts at escape, hiding and resistance to leaving can be symptoms as well.

    Through a combination of calming pheromones and training, the fear of traveling does not have to produce problem behavior. And even if your dog or cat never LOVES to travel, at least the journey will not produce the stress and fear it once did.

    Pheromone Technology

    The calming effects of pheromones are a proven way to relieve the fear that traveling can cause in dogs and cats. The variety of solutions available makes them an effective way of dealing with traveling at every step in the journey.

    Another good idea is to use the Sergeant’s Vetscription Calming Collar (dog, cat). It contains the same scientifically proven pheromones that reduce overall fear and helps make traveling less stressful. This is especially important if the journey is longer than three hours.

    Training Tips

    Training your dog or cat can go a long way in helping them to handle travel. Some can be put to use right away while others require a little more time to get your pet to change their traveling behavior.

    • Keep your pet in a carrier during the journey. Include a favorite blanket or toy in the carrier to increase comfort and provide reassurance.
    • Get the carrier out several days in advance, leaving the door open to allow your pet to explore it without fear of immediate departure.
    • On the day of travel, put the carrier in the bathroom with the door open to keep pets away from the commotion of packing.
    • Give your pet plenty of water and only a light meal.
    • During the journey, allow your dog to exercise and relieve themselves every two hours. For cats, put a litter tray in the car, along with some water, and allow them to roam in the car every few hours.
    • Do not leave pets unattended in the car as it increases their fear and can affect their safety.
    • It’s also a good idea to be sure your pet has identification collars and tags at all times.