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Q: what can i do to help my new puppy stop being car sick? is there a medicine i can give him?

May 4, 2009 | By Pam J. | 9 answers | Expired: 1896 days ago

what can i do to help my new puppy stop being car sick? is there a medicine i can give him?

Thank You Everyone for your help and suggestions, my puppy has gotten over his car sickness, he now runs for the door whenever he hears the car keys rattle haha, and is the first one to the front door and in the car for a ride with momma. He now loves his car rides. He is such a character. Thank You all again.

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Kandace W.
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May 13, 2009

We've only had a few dogs in my life that were carsick. One I think we rarely had to take anywhere, so he still got sick when he'd have to go. The others we just made sure we had towels etc and didn't feed him/her before the drive. They got used to it after a little while. Different time frames for diff pets though. THANKFULLY the ones I am getting ready to drive from WV to WY on a move are Not carsick dogs. :)

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VetTech81
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May 13, 2009

It sounds like either anxiety or motion sickness. Cracking the window can help(and I mean crack, don't let him hang out!) Also, don't feed your dog for at least an hour before a ride in the car to be sure his stomach is empty. The dog could be suffering from anxiety if the only place you ever take him in the car is to the vet, so you can try going other places like the park or a friends house or even just around a block or two and back home to desensitize him. You can get medication from your vet for anxiety if that's the culprit or for motion sickness/nausea (meclizine) either of which can be given about 30 minutes prior to a car ride to help prevent vomiting. However, some dogs just don't tolerate car rides well.

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Kbehrendt
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May 08, 2009

My puppy used to throw up every time I pulled up to my parents house; I always thought it was because she knew she'd get more treats there... Seriously though, I had to stop giving her a lot of treats to coax her into the car and during the car ride to "make her less nervous." He'll probably grow out of it, but in the meantime, try to help him form positive associations with the car and car rides, take some short, slow rides around the block or even just sit with him in the car. Many dogs who are stressed out in cars will pant, pace, shake, or vomit.

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TweedleDeeDee
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May 06, 2009

My dog did this too. We just thought it was car sickness but as he grew up it he stopped vomiting in the car but started vomiting bile. Try looking at the food that your dog is eating or treats that you are giving your dog. It could be a food intolerance. My dog is nearly 11 years old and we are still dealing with this problem. He is under Veterinary care. Hopefully, your dog will grow out of it.

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Jillian
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May 05, 2009

usually an open window helps. not always for long rides, but for anything 20 minutes or less, a direct breeze to the face helps. puppies can have a hard time getting their face in the wind enough to quell nausea, but once they grow up, they grow out of it.

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Amber
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May 04, 2009

Ginger. Ginger is an ages-old solution for motion sickness and can be just as safe and effective for your dog as it can be for humans, plus it's non-drowsy. as far as dosing goes, i found this site:

petinfo.org/articles/motion.shtml

which recommends "one 100 mg capsule per 25 lbs of dog every 8 hours". never had to do this myself...i'm fortunate enough to have a dog that travels well without medication.

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Rachael V.
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May 04, 2009

Take you dog too the vet!!!

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Ethel02
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May 04, 2009

He might just need to get used to it, put him on an old towel or something, and some dogs like people suffer from car sickness, and they just can't help it.

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Sydney3792
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May 04, 2009

My dog did that too for a pretty long time. To stop it, We made sure that the car was pretty cooled down, put some towels down and every day took her on a 5 minute ride. After a few weeks she stopped puking and started loving car rides. I think that it just takes some getting used too. :]

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