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Q: Doggy Car sickness

March 5, 2009 | By Susanna C. | 29 answers | Expired: 1951 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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ETH911
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Mar 06, 2009

Jada Mae got car sick when she was a puppy. She still loved to go anywhere in the car but after a few miles the poor thing was puking her guts out. I would not feed her in the mornings and take her for a short trip to the barn and eventually she made it without getting sick. Now she can go anywhere fine. I'm not sure if she grew out of it or just got more use to riding. Try short trips on an empty stomach and see if that works for you. Also, I bought a rubber mat for the back of the car - just in case.

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Katy M.
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Mar 06, 2009

We've had Blue for a little over 2 months, and when we got him he had terrible car anxiety, which led to car sickness. So we used to fast him before car trips (he wouldn't get breakfast if we were leaving in the a.m.), it didn't really help though, he just vomited clear liquids. Our vet suggested benadryl, but he hated benadryl and was able to spit it out after the first few times we tried to does him. The only thing that worked was an 11 hour car trip to North Carolina. He puked, but got over it. By hour 9 he was sleeping on his back in the back seat.
Now he doesn't vomit at all and goes on car trips every day! Practice makes perfect!

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Elisa D.
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Mar 06, 2009

He'll probably grow out of it - little developing tummies... My dog Riley LOVES car rides and goes on them often. And in the 3 years I have had him, he has puked 4 times - 3 when he was really hot (during the summer after we'd been out at the park or something like that) and 1 when he was sick. Otherwise he has no problem.

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candace
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Mar 06, 2009

Most dogs do eventually get used to it, but I have had a few patients that continue to get car sick despite the number and duration of car trips. If you are going on a long road trip, you might consider meds just for his comfort, but I agree that you ought to tough it out for the short rides. Good luck!

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debbie l.
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Mar 06, 2009

Yep,it'll get better.When we first adopted Chanci she would get sick in the car.I think it was because she was'nt used to it. Now you can't get her to keep her head in the car.I'm sure he'll out grow it. What a sweetie.God Bless and have a great day!!!!!!!!!

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Linda B.
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Mar 06, 2009

aw poor puppy
Tucker used to get sick, I always tried to make sure he had an empty tummy before the ride, he seemed to do better. Good luck!

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Sandy  M.
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Mar 06, 2009

Yes, they outgrow it. Keep the drive even shorter at first, maybe just around the block. You can try giving some ginger (you can purchase a liquid form which is easier to give) to settle the stomach beforehand. Best not to ride in the car just after eating a meal. Give it a couple of hours. Good luck.

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daryl b.
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Mar 06, 2009

i think every puppy i ever had did that the first few times they all grew out of it. but i guess there are some people who get car sick their whole lives but very few

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Melissa B.
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Mar 05, 2009

I can tell you that my beagle was like that during his first year but eventually outgrew it. It did help to make sure that it had been a few hours since feeding him before we traveled. Good luck and of course I'm sure the best advice on it would come from your veterinarian. :)

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