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Q: Ginger, our dog, gets car sick every time we travel. Does any one have helpful suggestions?

August 6, 2008 | By Hayley O. | 10 answers | Expired: 2171 days ago

Hayley O.

Giving her treats during or before the ride DOESN"T WORK, because she will just throw them up. We already don't give her food and water when we're taking her in a car. By the way, she can't be in a carrier when in the car, she rides in a seat.

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Karen S.
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Aug 13, 2008

Penny is correct. My vet told me to give my dog that get car sick anything with ginger in it. They have ginger candy and also I believe pills, as well as the gingersnaps. Ginger does calm the stomach!

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Penny H.
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Aug 12, 2008

Try ginger snaps :) I know it sounds odd, but I heard that advice given to somene else and then saw an experiment about it on TV. Apparently, ginger has been used for years to settle stomachs. It worked for us!

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Lynn C.
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Aug 12, 2008

If Duchess starts to get an upset tummy, we put her in the front seat and feed her a "tums", but be sure to check with your vet before you try this. She seems to get sick more often in the truck. I think it's because it has a bouncyer ride. We also try and keep the car or truck cooler so that she doesn't get too warm.

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Julie Kay S.
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Aug 12, 2008

There are many considerations, from the way the vehicle is driven (aggressively? fast?) to the volume and proximity of voices and the vehicle radio/sound system.

Think about the differences between Ginger's home surroundings and those of a vehicle. Consider making her a front-seat passenger (long known to help with carsickness). Always speak calmly and quietly to her. I used to eat a few plain saltine crackers, which prevented carsickness.

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Jessica H.
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Aug 07, 2008

Oh another food for thought -- please consult with your vet before giving your pet ANY OTC MEDICATION for the correct dosage and if it is even safe to use in your pet, but having said that, I have heard Dramamine works to help pets with car sickness.

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Anna S.
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Aug 07, 2008

My lab would get car sick a lot when she was young because she was very anxious. So we started taking her rug and one toy, always put them both in the car on the same side of the back seat, and always had someone sit in the back and talk quietly and pet her. After a few trips, she started calming down to the point where she didn't vomit, and actually enjoyed car rides even when no one was in the back seat.
Of course, if you dog is car sick like people get car sick, I agree with the others to ask your vet for a perscription.

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Pitbullluvr17
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Aug 07, 2008

My friends dog got car sick when they went for a car ride and she had the dog lay on the floor on a blanket, and it worked for her dog. But you may have already tried this.

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Nicole
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Aug 06, 2008

Some animals get car sick, just like people. Depending on how far your trip is, I've found a product that works for my cat. She has the same problem. It's called travel anxiety and it's made by Homeopet. It's a homeopathic liquid that you can squirt right into their mouth. Whenever we used it, my cat would be able to hold off on getting sick for about 45 minutes longer than usual. Rescue Remedy might help too if your dog's problem is stress related.

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Jessica H.
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Aug 06, 2008

You could always talk to your vet about prescribing or suggesting an anti-anxiety medication that may help for car rides. If you aren't, I strongly suggest using a carrier and perhaps covering it with a blanket during car rides. That may or may not stress her out more, so just play it by ear.

I've heard benedryl has a sedative effect on animals, so giving some before car rides MAY help. PLEASE ALWAYS check with your vet before giving ANY OTC MEDICATION to check out the correct dosage and if it is safe for your dog.

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Sarah B.
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Aug 06, 2008

You didn't mention if Ginger is loose in the car or in a carrier. If she's lose I would try putting her in a carrier. Also we found our dog would only get car sick after receiving her vaccinations @ the vets. So he started giving her Benedryl along w/ her shots. Now she doesn't get car sick on the way home from the vets. Do you find it happens mostly in the summer heat? That may have something to do w/ it as well as the length of the travel. Dogs need to stop to go potty & stretch their legs on long trips. Fresh air does them good! We always start our dogs out as pups getting used to short car rides. We do it without any fanfair or excitment 1 way or another. Some dogs get really nervous about going in cars. This may be your dogs case of nerves. Does Ginger enjoy rides or act reluctant to go? You could ask your vet if benedryl or something similar is safe to try or ask for his opinion as well. Best of luck to you & Ginger

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