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Q. My 7 lb yorkie gets very nervous while traveling. Can I give him something to help him in the car? — peggy m., salem, OR

A. Traveling with anxious pets is never easy. You can desensitize them by traveling on small trips more frequently with lots of praise. Using a covered crate to reduce the visual stimulus of passing cars and trees can be helpful. If these options are not working, there is always the medical route. This can be done with over-the-counter medications that can cause sedation like antihistamines and natural products like milk colostrum and melatonin or going to your Vet and getting a prescription medication that can decrease anxiety or sedate. Plan well in advance. — Dr. Mitch

Mitchell Spindel, DVM, Animal Ark Veterinary Hospital

Dr. Mitch Spindel, Animal Ark Veterinary Hospital

Dr. Spindel earned his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Oklahoma State University. He practiced in Syracuse, New York before he and his wife and children relocated to beautiful North Carolina. Dr. Spindel is a past President of the Forsyth County Veterinary Medical Association. He is the veterinarian for Sci-Works in Winston-Salem, NC and is active with the Forsyth Humane Society, Animal Adoption and Rescue Foundation and Greyhound Friends.

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