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Panting is a sign of stress, pain or even nausea. Now a dog might have nausea but not vomit much like many humans have. Sometimes if that is the case, letting a dog sit in the front seat where they can see out the front helps with motion sickness. Some people use Benadryl to calm their dog before car travel and Dramamine is also used for motion sickness, but your Vet should be consulted before using Dramamine. Benadryl can be given to your dog, the dose is up to 2mg per pound every 8 hours. The dosage for Dramamine (Dimenhydrinate) for motion sickness is 2-4 mg/pound by mouth every 8 hours.
Any medication should be given an hour in advance to car trip in order to be effective. If you are not using doggy seat belts, then that might help the situation as the dog might be less anxious when it finds the belt keeps it from moving too far in the car at stops and turns. Often a crate just large enough for the dog can help a dog that is uncomfortable in the car. Many dogs love their crates and they feel more secure in the crate.
Now you might also try a dap collar. These use a pheromone much like the one a nursing mom uses to calm her pups. They are proven to help in cases of noise phobia, separation anxiety and car anxiety, so this is a good choice. They are sold in pet stores, vet offices and online.
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