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Q: Car Sick Dog

November 5, 2008 | By Lara S. | 14 answers | Expired: 2133 days ago

Car Sick Dog

Is there anything you can do for a dog who gets car sick? Lily, my year and a half-old Border Collie mix, gets sick in the car. Though she does seem to be getting better... Is there anything that would work to help with this?

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Wylie1
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Nov 06, 2008

My dog use to get car sick too. She would vomit every time. I just started taking her on short trips, just down the drive way at first, then around the block, and so on. Just increase the time of the ride by a minute or two each time. I'd also stop once we got to our turn around point and either just get her out and play for a couple minutes or give her a small treat, (just a bite) to make it a fun event so the car isn't only associated with the vets! Keep it nice and cool in the car, and let her feel some air on her.
After a while my dog stopped getting sick, or anxious, in the car, and she's now a very good rider!

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Grace K.
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Nov 07, 2008

I have a dog that also gets car sick. My dog seems to get more of a nervous/anxious sick though. As soon as she hears/sees the car keys she will start drooling, and will crouch down. I used to give her dramamine, which did keep her from getting car sick, but made her very sleepy. The best way to take on the problem is to find out what it is that is causing her to become car sick. If it is a mental reason, or if she just simply has motion sickness. There are different meds you can use to calm her/relax her before getting into the car, and keeping her in a kennel has always worked for me! My dog has never gotten sick when riding in a kennel, with or without any medication! You can also try just having her in a parked car and giving her lots of good attention and treats to make her feel like it is a good thing, but again, if it is just simply motion sickness that won't really solve the problem!

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Chrisinpink
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Nov 07, 2008

I remember reading somewhere that giving your dog some honey on a long trip will prevent carsickness. Worth looking up.

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