It’s time for the long-awaited family trip, and as usual, you’ll be taking the family dog with you.
However, your furry friend keeps getting car sick whenever you take a long drive, and you consider giving him some ginger snaps for nausea.
So, can you give ginger snaps for your dog’s car sickness?
The ginger in the cookies helps reduce motion sickness in some dogs.
Ginger is a natural solution that’s readily available, and it soothes your dog’s stomach.
Let’s explore the symptoms of car sickness in your dog and how ginger snaps help.
We will also look at ways to make and feed ginger snaps to alleviate nausea, including solutions to making your furry friend comfortable for the long car ride.
Why your dog gets car sickness?
Dogs that aren’t used to car rides get motion sickness, usually because of anxiety and stress.
The phenomenon is more frequent in puppies because the inner part of the ear that controls balance isn’t fully developed.
Most puppies outgrow the condition by the time they are one year, but others don’t.
Other reasons that can cause car sickness in dogs are:
- Dogs with middle or inner ear infections like vestibular disease.
- Medication causing nausea.
- Dogs that rarely travel in cars except for the infrequent vet visits.
Signs that your dog gets car sick
If you’ve ever experienced motion sickness, then you know it’s not a pleasant experience.
Dogs with motion sickness associate the car with their discomfort, heightening the sickness.
Symptoms to watch out for are:
- Lip licking
- Excessive drooling
- Subdued behavior
When you notice any symptoms, stop the car and take your dog out for a brief walk to give relief from the distress.
Why ginger snaps are good for your dog’s car sickness?
Ginger snaps are a quick solution to alleviating car sickness in your dog.
Break off a few pieces depending on your furry friend’s size and give about a half-hour before the car ride.
The ginger in the cookies calms the stomach and is a great anti-nausea remedy for dogs.
Other than treating car sickness, other benefits of ginger are:
Antioxidants: Ginger contains gingerol, which has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant qualities. Recent studies also indicate ginger has anti-cancer qualities. The anti-inflammatory qualities help reduce arthritis pain in dogs.
Gastric relief: Ginger prevents gastric dilation and bloating in dogs and efficiently prevents vomiting.
Heart health: Ginger prevents heart diseases and boosts good blood circulation.
Immune system: ginger has anti-toxic, anti-viral, and anti-fungal qualities that help your dog fight viral and bacterial infections and boosts the immune system.
Components that shouldn’t be in your dog’s ginger snaps
It would be a proverbial jumping from the frying pan into the fire situation if you were to give your furry friend too many ginger snaps or those that have toxic ingredients.
If you do, you may have to rush to the vet to treat a more serious health issue than nausea.
It’s better to make your ginger snaps than rely on store-purchased cookies.
If you have to go to the store, ensure that you check out the ingredients.
Watch out for these ingredients to ensure your ginger snaps are safe.
Too much sugar can lead to obesity in your dog and cause dental issues like tooth decay.
Ingestion of too much sugar can also cause stomach discomfort and interfere with the gut’s bacteria balance.
Signs to look out for are:
Lard of shortening
If your dog ingests foods containing lots of lard or shortening, they are at risk of getting obesity, gastrointestinal issues, and fatal pancreatitis.
Symptoms to look out for are:
- Loss of appetite
- Loss of weight
Xylitol is a commonly used sweetener that is poisonous to dogs.
Xylitol causes gastrointestinal issues, low blood sugar, liver damage, seizures, and death.
Symptoms in a dog that has xylitol poisoning include:
- Decreased activities
Flour can be a source of allergy to some dogs.
White flour is highly treated and loses most of its nutrients, while the bleached kind is run through chemicals to whiten it.
For your dog’s ginger snap recipe, always go for whole-grain flours like oat or millet.
Some ginger snaps contain nutmeg, which is highly toxic for dogs.
Nutmeg contains myristicin which causes the following effects:
- Increased heart rate
- Dry mouth
- High blood pressure
- Stomach pains
Luckily, your dog only needs a few pieces from a ginger snap to ease his queasy tummy.
To have peace of mind, try some homemade ginger snaps where you can exclude the harmful ingredients.
Simple ginger snap recipe for your dog
Preparation time: 30 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes
Total time: 45 minutes
- One and a quarter cup of oat flour (Run your oats through a food processor to get flour)
- One and a half whole grain flour
- Three quarters cup butter
- One cup of brown sugar
- Quarter cup molasses
- 45 ml water
- Two teaspoons of baking soda
- One teaspoon cinnamon
- One teaspoon ginger
- Half a teaspoon of ground cloves
- Half a teaspoon of salt
- Preheat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit or 190 degrees Centigrade.
- Line your baking tray with parchment paper.
- Mix the flour, salt, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and baking soda until well combined.
- Cream the butter, molasses, brown sugar, and water using a mixer.
- Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix.
- Roll out the dough and cut it into desired shapes.
- Bake for ten minutes, then allow the ginger snap cookies to cool.
Store the remaining ginger snap cookies in an airtight container.
You can freeze the cookies for up to 4 months.
Other ways to prevent car sickness in your dog
It’s not a great feeling seeing your dog suffer through car sickness.
Most of the time, you hope they will outgrow the stage.
Most puppies outgrow motion sickness once they are about a year old.
But what if your pup doesn’t outgrow car sickness?
Here are some tips you can try.
- Spend some time with your dog in the car with the engine off. After a few days, sit with your dog in the car with the engine running. Always praise your dog when he is calm and doing well. Then proceed to back off the driveway then, driving around the block. Slowly you will be taking short car rides where your furry friend will be comfortable. Don’t rush the process.
- Don’t feed your dog for about 4 hours before your trip. Your fur buddy is less likely to suffer from nausea on an empty stomach.
- Keep the car cool with the windows rolled down and use air conditioning. Restrict your dog from hanging his head out of the window for his safety.
- Keep your canine in a well-secured dog crate. The crate will lessen movement and reduce the chances of nausea.
- If the car sickness persists, visit your vet for medication that prevents nausea.
As a pet owner, car rides can be distressing, especially when your fur buddy keeps getting car sick.
You can opt for homemade treats as they are more wholesome and nutritious.
Ginger snaps are not only a soothing remedy for your canine’s queasy stomach but are also a great treat.