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Question car sickness

Javy is 5 1/2 months old. So far he has been to my families home in NC (7 hours away), the beach (6 hours away) and taken several shorter trips. Each time he seems to get more upset to the point of throwing up. This weekend we visited our son and his wife (two hours away). As soon as we got in the car he started panting and shaking and got sick. Once we got there he played and had a wonderful time. When we got in the car it all started again. I had the good sense not to feed him so he didn't get sick but panted and shook for the first hour. He finally settled down and slept during the last hour. Has anyone had this experience? How did you solve the problem? We are starting puppy classes next month in Chattanooga which is about 40 miles away. I want him to have fun and arrive at the class happy and not sick. Any help would be appreciated.

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There have been several threads about this over the years. Here's one.
http://www.havaneseforum.com/showthr...t=car+sickness

I know people have talked about rescue remedy. I haven't tried it myself. It's so sad when the little ones get so frightened of the car ride. Mine don't love it but they seem to settle down after awhile in their lookout seats. I must admit I've had more than one throw up though.

I hope you find a solution that works well for you.

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My Cassie has had problems with car sickness since the day we purchased her at age 4 mos. She had both anxiety and motion sickness. I have been fairly successful in treating the anxiety by taking her in the car for very short times once or twice each day. Her training was 80 miles away, so I would be careful not to feed her for at least two hours before leaving and also stop once or twice along the way and let her out for short walks. This worked for the most part, but we still have occasional problems depending on the situation. I found that she does better in her crate in the back seat. If she sits in a seat where she can look out a window she is almost immediately sick. I am now giving her Chlorpheniramine for allergies and that is also supposed to have a strong anti-nausea side effect for treating motion sickness. I haven't tried traveling with her right after eating since she has been on this medicine. I give her 1/2 of a 4mg tablet twice a day. She is 7.5 pounds.

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I am taking Rosie to Nashville this week. Another poster told me to try Bonine. I plan to get it tomorrow and then just put down a plastic table cloth and lots of paper towels. surely she won't puke all the way to Nashville. She has to get over this. I promised hubby that when the children left home, I would keep a toothbrush and panties in my purse and go when ever he did. Well for the last year with Rosie, we have not traveled together except in an emergency. He has started to complain, so Rosie will just have to get over it. (WITH MY LUCK WE WILL BE IN A VETS OFFICE SOMEWHERE BETWEEN PARIS AND NASHVILLE WITH A VERY SICK DOG).
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I am taking Rosie to Nashville this week. Another poster told me to try Bonine. I plan to get it tomorrow and then just put down a plastic table cloth and lots of paper towels. surely she won't puke all the way to Nashville. She has to get over this. I promised hubby that when the children left home, I would keep a toothbrush and panties in my purse and go when ever he did. Well for the last year with Rosie, we have not traveled together except in an emergency. He has started to complain, so Rosie will just have to get over it. (WITH MY LUCK WE WILL BE IN A VETS OFFICE SOMEWHERE BETWEEN PARIS AND NASHVILLE WITH A VERY SICK DOG).
Let me preface this with the fact that I have a warped sense of humor. You know how parents often told their children to wear clean underwear in case they were ever in an accident . . . what would someone think if they had to open that purse.

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I have mucho experience with this. My stogie used to get SO SICK.

What happens is they get sick then they know they are getting back in the car, so they have anxiety. Panting.. shaking.. etc.

Stoige would drool all over himself so much he would be SOAKING WET.

I tried all the natural stuff, but Bonine worked for me. And it does get better with age. Still once in a blue moon he will get sick, but it might be part of my eratic driving. I cant spell eratic.

I would give half of a bonine if the pup is small. I also keep my dogs in crates in the car. One it is safer, but two they dont bounce around as much. Also, Stogie likes to be up high so he can see out, that might help. I have a shelf built in the back of my denali that crates sit on so they can see out the back. Then I can store stuff underneath.
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Gryff used to get car sick all the time, now it's only some times. I don't know what triggers it. I have a harness with a loop that the seat belt fits through. I use that and put him on a towel so he can't slide around. He will usually lay down and sleep. Definitely don't let him look out the window!

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I have tried everything. Lola does the best on long trips if I can hold her on my lap.
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For PJewel: I have a warped sense of humor also. I read your post last night and went to be laughing. But to answer your question, someone would probably think that this old woman was delusional.
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Katrina you are not alone.

Galen was sick by the time the wheels turned over twice. It didn’t matter whether she was in a crate or on a seat. One instructor suggested ginger snap cookies starting 2 hours before the trip. Ginger is supposed to smooth the stomach. She just threw up the cookies.

I used a of a teaspoon of Emitrol (sp) a couple of times and it helped. We have been going to the park and/or classes just about every day for the last year and she has finally stopped any signs of being car sick. Up until last week I had to catch her to put her in the car. On Friday I opened the tail gate for Smarty and up came Galen.

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