So you're taking your dog on a trip. As you're cruising down the dual carriageway, you hear some funny noises coming from your pet.

You take a quick peek at your furry friend and realise he's not looking so good - the effects of doggy travel sickness are starting to take effect - all over your back seat. Oh dear.

Whether you and your canine pal are headed down the road to the veterinarian's office, off for a weekend of camping or taking a ferry to France for a week-long getaway, motion sickness is a real problem for many dogs, as well as their owners who are faced with the unpleasant task of cleaning up the associated mess.

But don't worry. If your pet suffers from motion sickness, there are a number of things you can try to prevent him becoming unwell on your next trip.

First, it's important to make the trip as comfortable and stress-free as possible. Make sure your dog associates car rides with fun activities, not just trips to the vet. And be sure to provide plenty of praise - although you might want to lay off on edible treats until you arrive at your destination.

Also, make sure your four-legged friend eats his dry dog food well in advance of your trip, as he's less likely to get sick if his stomach is relatively empty.

You should also secure your pet with a dog car seat or specialised harness. These will keep him in a safe position and allow him to face forward. Alternatively, many owners prefer to keep their pets in dog crates during road trips.

Be sure to also keep the air inside the car fresh and cool. Roll the windows down a couple of inches, or turn on the air conditioning if necessary.

You should also recognise what the symptoms are of motion sickness, and be prepared to pull over and give your pet a break from travelling if he starts whimpering, drooling excessively or showing signs of listlessness.

Finally, if nothing else seems to work, speak to your vet. There are some medications that you can give your pooch to prevent travel sickness, but they also tend to make your pet sleepy, so consider them a last resort.

Written by: Hannah