With an oversize ball in my mouth, I pushed my way into the luggage-swollen car, climbing over sand toys and towels. My tail was wagging in anticipation. I LOVE playing with the family at the lake and this was going to be the BEST DAY EVER!

We were on our way when I started to feel weird, just like last time. Why does this happen on every car ride? Moments later, I vomited all over myself and the car seat. The kids were yelling for Mom to stop and everyone was giving me dirty looks. After a few minutes, we pulled over and Mom took me out of the car.

"Sparky!" she yelled angrily. Suddenly I realized we were at the kennel and I started to worry.

Mom handed my leash to a stranger. She apologetically requested a bath for me and a roll of paper towels to clean the car. As I was led down a hallway and put into a kennel, my mind started to spin.

Oh no...What about the lake?! Where's my ball?! Don't leave me here! I didn't mean to get sick; it was an accident!

Panicking, I began pacing and barking as loudly as I could. One of the strangers tried to console me, but I was inconsolable. Depressed, I wondered if I would ever be able to go to the lake with the family again. 

The Pet Wellness Report® can strengthen the human-animal bond
Veterinary teams play an important role in promoting the pet-pet owner bond. Your ability to identify and easily treat a medical condition, like motion sickness, can have a profound impact on a pet's quality of life and the strength of the bond between the pet and the family.  

What if Sparky's veterinary team had known the answer to the following question from the AAHA-recommended Pet Wellness Report (PWR)?

When riding in the car, does Sparky exhibit any of the following symptoms? 

    • Panting
    • Pacing
    • Excessive drooling
    • Yawning
    • Whining
    • Trembling
    • Vomiting
    • Retching

Get Sparky and other dogs back to the lake by providing relief from motion sickness. Motion sickness is more common than you may realize. Looking at recent national data from the PWR, nearly 1,300 out of the 4,600 owners indicated their dogs had suffered from at least one of the symptoms of motion sickness while riding in the car. 1 That's more than 25 percent!

How does the PWR work? Before, during, and after the wellness visit, the client completes a standardized, online questionnaire, which can be paired with optional diagnostics, including blood/urine testing and parasite screening. The PWR then generates a comprehensive, easy-to-read report that acts as a catalyst to engage, educate, and empower pet owners to more proactively assess their pet's health alongside their veterinary health care team. 

Help maintain the strength of the bond between pets and their families. Visit to learn more.

Contact and use the promo code REDBLOG in the subject line to receive FREE Pet Wellness Reports for you and your entire staff. 

Data on file, Pet Wellness Report HRA Questionnaire Data 1-1-15 to 6-4-15, Zoetis Inc.

PWR-00175 © 2015 Zoetis Inc. All rights reserved. August 2015.


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