Pet Meds for Traveling Guide

A few of those medications would make this dog's next road trip enjoyable, but be careful to follow directions.­ See more pet pictures.
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­You're taking a cross-countr­y trip with your two dogs. How do you make sure that your best friends can make the trip in style and comfort? You're not alone ­in traveling with your family pet, as more and more people are going Greyhound with animals in tow. But how exactly do you make this work? While options abound, some people medicate their pet to ease its stress.

Travel medications work to reduce the chance of vomiting and other accidents on the road. They also calm your furry friend during long and stressful road trips. Your veterinarian can help you plan your trip so that bringing your pet won't be a hassle for either of you.

­If your pet isn't used to hitting the road with you, you should take a few short trips first so your pet c­an see the car and feel it in motion. While boat, train or plane access might not be possib­le before your first extended trip, it is a good idea to prepare your pet for travel as much as possible before you go, whether you medicate or not. All animals respond to medication and stress in different ways, but knowing your pet's habits, preferences and stamina helps.

There are hundreds of pet-friendly medications available, so let's examine some important aspects of pet medication. In this article, we'll introduce you to meds for motion sickness and discuss bladder control, and we'll point out a few rules of the road when using sedatives -- such as always consulting your vet before medicating your pet.

Let's start with the crucial issue of bladder control.