Churchill Animal Protection Society: Watson explains motion sickness |

Churchill Animal Protection Society: Watson explains motion sickness

Kathleen Williams-Miller

Watson here and I’ll bet you didn’t know that dogs and cats get motion sickness, just like humans. I don’t know this from personal experience but my friend Inca gets car sick. She loves going in the car but when it starts moving, her tummy starts churning.

My boy, Grahm, who is now a man, gets motion sickness too. So, what exactly is motion sickness and what can you do to avoid losing your kibble? Motion sickness is caused by a disturbance in the inner ear. It is exacerbated by the repeated motion of a vehicle or any other motions that disturb the inner ear.

When the body is moved intentionally, like when you are walking, all of the input coming into the brain is coordinated. Your eyes see you walking and your brain confirms that indeed you are walking. But, when your eyes see you moving and the body is just sitting there, it is a huge conflict.

When information from the inner ear, eyes and muscles tell you that what you are seeing isn’t true, your body freaks out. The difference between vision and reality causes a breakdown in the information system. That can cause vomiting, headaches, panting, drooling and general sickness.

There are ways to avoid motion sickness. When you are in the car, lie down and do not look out the window, sit in the front seat and look at the horizon or take anti motion pills.

Inca just lies down and doesn’t look out the window. I guess the best treatment for motion sickness is just chill in the back seat, and don’t worry about the scenery because you know the dog park is just around the corner.

— XOXO Watson


We have one absolutely darling Catahoula mix puppy, and he is lonely. Come out and cheer him up with a little puppy petting. Policy, however, prohibits adopting out puppies or kittens under the age of six months to a home with children under five years of age. This is to protect both the children and the animal. Call 775-423-7500 for details.


Folks to attend our annual garage sale that will be held Sept. 6 and 7 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. inside at Oasis Community Church, 1520 S. Maine St. Come check out the great items we have and cool off inside.

Aluminum cans; if you have cans to pick up, give us a call (775-423-7500), and we will come get them.

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Rema White for the bags of cans! You’re doggone great!

A huge thank you to all of the folks who have donated items for our garage sale. A big bark of thanks to you!


CAPS will be at Walmart on Sept. 14 with the Kissin’ Booth and a puckered-up pooch. Come by for a pooch smooch. We have hoodies, shirts and hats. Be sure to check out our merchandise after you get a pooch smooch!


September Pet Holiday: National Pet Memorial Day Sept. 8.

We will be holding rehearsals for our Murder Mystery at the Holy Trinity Episcopal Church at 2 p.m. on Sundays.

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CAPS’ mailing address is P.O. Box 5128, Fallon, NV 89407. CAPS’ phone number is 775-423-7500. CAPS’ email address is Please visit the CAPS website ( and Facebook page (Churchill Animal Protection Society). Be sure to “Like” CAPS on Facebook because we are really likeable.

CAPS is open to the public on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Kathleen Williams-Miller is a CAPS volunteer. Contact me,