If your dog doesn’t like to travel, giving them something like Bonine, or Meclizine as it’s also known, might cross your mind. If it’s well documented that your dog can’t handle being in the car, or on a boat, you may want to come up with plan B instead of medicating them.
If it’s a trip that they just can’t avoid, you should consult with your vet on whether or not they can have it, and if so, how much to give them and in what intervals. This is a medication that dogs and cats can handle, but it’s vital to get the doses right or you could inadvertently make the situation worse. Since you wouldn’t want that on your conscience it’s best to play it safe.
Most dogs can handle a short distance car ride, and will get excited when they know it’s time to go. Others may not like the idea one iota. So you have to figure out what your dog is afraid of, why they don’t like it, and you can even try other non medical solutions like a Thundershirt if they get anxious about being in the car. It could also be that they don’t have the proper footing while they’re riding, and they get tossed around a lot, which makes them toss their cookies. Giving them a secure place to sit or stand might be a way to solve things.
Can I Give My Dog Bonine? Answer: With Vet Approval
There are places online that tell you how much Bonine you can give them, but we don’t think that’s a safe way to go about it. There is no one size fits all dosing information available, and the weight of your dog is only one thing you need to consider before giving this to your dog.
The best bet is to ask your vet first if it’s OK, and if they give you the green light ask them to recommend a dose for your dog’s breed, weight, and medical history.
There are those that will say they can do it on their own, and they don’t need to consult the vet, but it’s really a risky thing to do, and unless you have some previous experience with veterinary medicine or as a vet’s assistant, you really shouldn’t play around with something like Bonine. For every owner that’s tried it and gotten away wit it, there are others that haven’t, and you don’t want to end up on that side of the coin.
Ease Your Dog Into Travel
If your dog had one or two bad experiences with traveling, you might not want to write them off completely. They might just need to be eased into it. If you started off with a long trip they might not have been ready for it. Most dogs like a good car ride, and can’t help but stick their heads out the window. If you start them off with quick trips, even taking them places they don’t even really need to go, that will help with them being able to handle longer and longer trips.
No Love for Traveling
Or it could just be that they don’t like to travel at all, and they can’t even handle short trips, or start fearing getting in the car altogether. It only takes so many clean ups before you’ll put an end to any more travel with your dog in tow. Only do this if you’ve exhausted all other options, including the ones we mentioned above, the Thundershirt, which can make them feel more secure if they get really nervous, or creating a good spot for them to be in the car, so that they feel more surefooted.
If your dog can’t travel it’s not the end of the world. They don’t even have a concept of it really, and one place is as good as the next if you’re a dog.
Just like with humans it’s not a good idea to rely on giving your dog medication, including Bonine, all the time to treat the same condition. If you need to use it for a big trip, that’s fine, but you should still try to get your dog comfortable with traveling without having to medicate them every time they need to go on a car ride.