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Q: Doggy Car sickness

March 5, 2009 | By Susanna C. | 29 answers | Expired: 2010 days ago

Susanna C.

I just got a puppy about a month ago and everytime we get in the car for a short 20 minute drive to the barn he pukes. Does anybody know if he'll just get used to it? I don't want to give him anything because it's a short drive yet long enough to make him sick. Any help out there? THANKS!

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BGJ
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BGJ

Mar 07, 2009

Belle got sick as a young dog. She's older and doesn't puke. Still hates the car- buries herself down behind a seat. They do get used to it. If a stressful trip is planned I sometimes give her "UltraCalm," (a valerian-based mild sedative biscuit I got from Drs Foster & Smith catalog)and reassurance. Check with vet. Good luck!

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Rer101
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Mar 06, 2009

My dog was the same way, but it was even on really short rides. It took a little while, but eventually after lots of short trips around the neighborhood and reward ing him when we got home he got better. For him it wasn't car sickness, just anxiety. Good luck. :)

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Angie C.
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Mar 06, 2009

Do you put your dog in a kennel cage so that it can not see out of the window? I think the "motion" of seeing things go by fast out of a side window might be the case.

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Lynn O.
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Mar 06, 2009

One of our dogs gets carsick and the Gingersnap cookies really do work. Good luck!

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Larien E.
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Mar 06, 2009

You can try to get him used to the car, some dogs outgrow getting car sick, or the vet can perscribe a medicine to help settle his upset tummy. Dramamine could work, you could ask your vet for the right dosage you would need to give your dog, i've heard that childrens Tylenol could also help a dog in the car, but ask your vet before you try any medicines. restricting food usually wont work, if they're gonna barf, they're gonna barf.

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Tracy T.
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Mar 06, 2009

My dog is 7 now and still gets car sick. She has gotten used to very short trips - 15 minutes max.
I give her dramamin for longer trips - 30 minutes or more.
Also, she does better on the highway - stop and go is the worst for her.
I have talked to the vet and they could prescribe something for even longer trips - but I haven't tried.

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Tukais
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Mar 06, 2009

It sounds strange but give him gingersnap cookies, not a lot because he is just a puppy. The ginger will help settle his stomach for the ride. Puppies go through fear periods and this can also affect things such as riding in the car. It will only help you if you also train him in the car, as someone else had suggested, start with the car not moving and then start just down the driveway, then just down the street, increments are very important when working with dogs. But that can take a long time and I'm sure you want to take him with you so I would try the gingersnap as a quicker fix, I'm just not sure how much so you may need to experiment with how much to give him. Good Luck, I would love to know how it turns out!

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Jean K.
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Mar 06, 2009

Try acclimating your puppy to the car gradually in small steps.

First put him in the car and don't move it. Do this a few times until he is comfortable in the motionless car. Next turn on the engine and don't go anywhere. Do this until he is accustomed to the sound.

Next back up a bit in the driveway and them come back in and take him out of the car. Do this until he is ok with it.

Then drive a tiny distance and come home. Gradually increase the distance over time.

Be patient. You will have your puppy a long time.

I hope this helps and that you can work your puppy through his problem. As others have said he may outgrow it, but it is good to teach him to ride gradually so he doesn't have unpleasant associations with the car.

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Helen
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Mar 06, 2009

My Yorkie Max was like that for the first year of his life. We tried not feeding him a couple of hours before, feeding him lightly, reducing the water we gave him...nothing worked. We resorted to keeping a pee pad in his travel crate and clean up items in the car at all times. Eventually he outgrew it, and now enjoys his car rides with no sickness! So hang in there!

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Renee  H.
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Mar 06, 2009

Thanks for asking the same question I had, Baby has gotten sick a few times and we have had her a month and a half, She will in time get used to it .She loves to go by by when the others go but in nervous in the car still.

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