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Q: Can cats and dogs get car sick?

July 5, 2009 | By Ches21 | 9 answers | Expired: 1859 days ago

Ches21

if so when they do can they throw up because I think I have seen it happen some where before.

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Lilyrose
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Jul 08, 2009

Yes they can. I have had a dog that did. Don't feed your dog for at least 2 hours before traveling. Always use a crate. If it's a long trip I would recommend talking to your vet about possible medications to help.

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Amber
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Jul 07, 2009

as has been stated, yes, they can get car sick / motion sick. it's a good idea to try to get them used to cars gradually, to kind of train them out of the motion sickness if you will. but if you've got to take your pet somewhere by car very soon, don't have time in the mean time to work with them, and are looking for a safe quick fix, i recommend ginger.

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Bella C.
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Jul 06, 2009

Simple answer. Yes.

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Nicole F.
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Jul 05, 2009

Cats and dogs can absolutely get car sick. It is better not to feed them 1 to 2 hours prior to your trip. Make sure they have a comfy, familiar blanket or toy with them in the crate (if it's a cat or small dog) or on the seat for a larger dog. Some people recommend tranquilizers but that can make things worse since it'll put the pet on edge and make them feel weird and insecure. You can also try desensitizing them to the car by bringing them into a parked car for short periods and offering them a reward. Gradually work up to taking them for short rides so they are more familiar with their surroundings.

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Dogpaks
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Jul 05, 2009

They can get sick just like humans do and probably for many of the same reasons. I am a rescuer and transport only in crates because we usually travel at least 30-50 miles for adoptions and meetings. I have also found that feeding after arrival is also preferable to feeding before leaving home. Crates also offer a sense of security for the transported pet and keeps them in one place for their own safety.

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Vicki R.
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Jul 05, 2009

In addition to my response below mentioning two benefits of using crates, there is one other really important reason to use a crate - safety. It's far safer for human occupants, it's far less distracting to the driver and just as important, it can save your dogs life if you are in an accident.

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Vicki R.
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Jul 05, 2009

They most certainly can. As mentioned by others, there is medicine that you can try. Many times a static strip will take care of the problem. It is a strip that is attached to the frame of the vehicle and grounds bleeds of static from the vehicle. Another thing that can help many animals is being in a crate.

Crates are not cruel. Both Dogs and cats like and seek out small secure places to lay. A crate simulates that den feeling. In addition, it encourages them to lay down and promotes a calming feeling and it keeps them from being able to look out and try to focus on things that are moving by too fast, which is one major cause of carsickness.

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Stevecat511
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Jul 05, 2009

Absolutely! Until your pet gets used to car rides, they can get sick! There are medicines available specifically for this. Check with your vet. In the meantime, I would limit the amount of car rides. Once your pet gets used to them, the car sickness will subside! Good luck!

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jessie
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Jul 05, 2009

I know dogs can get car sick, I have 2 dogs to prove it. They can go up to about a 25 mile ride then the barfing begins. there are meds for it but I never tried it, I just dont take them far at all

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