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Puppy car sick even without breakfast

Kojo (staying with that name) had Vet check this AM and puppy in good health. I didn't feed him breakfast because he was sick in car yesterday on short errand. Was carsick both on way to vet and back (just yellow bile). Vet gave me some pills to prevent motion sickness. Got 3rd vaccinations and bordatella. Pill to prevent heartworm and flea/tick repellent. Tech also did sanitary shave to keep his rear clean. Return in one month.

Anyone else have carsick puppy? How long did it take to grow out of it?

Was happy this Vet doesn't neuter dogs until 9 months old.

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Some dogs do not grow out of it. Sometimes you just have to find out the problem by trial and error. I could write a novel on this topic as I am struggling with my 2 year old hav. who seems to be getting worse with car rides. I've tried a few meds. What med did your vet give you?
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Cerenia 16mg tablet. Supposed to give half tablet 30 minutes before traveling.
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Mysteriously, puppy did not get sick on 2.5 hour car trip when I picked him up from breeder. Didn't feed him morning of that trip. He was in crate in back of SUV. Not a whimper entire ride.

Yesterday, I took him for 20 minute ride in crate in SUV but had been fed so real mess. Took him home just laying on passenger car seat and still vomited. This AM, no breakfast on passenger seat with towel and vomited both on the way and back homr.
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My sister has a 7-year -old Springer Spaniel who still gets car sick. Rides in passenger seat with husband driving and sister rides in back seat. They get strange looks but dog doesn't get sick.
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I tried the Cerenia twice and it didn't work for my boy. First time, he had eaten breakfast. Second time was on an empty stomach. But I know a lot of dogs that Cerenia has worked well for.
Maybe try to duplicate the exact conditions of the successful drive? Do you think that the breeder may have given him meds for his first trip?
My RIP Bichon had to ride in the back seat in his crate and eat breakfast. Front seat was ok for trips under an hour.
So far, my best luck with my Havanese has been with Bonine and raising his crate so he could see out the front window. One problem with my dog is that I am his third home and his only real home. He was not used to car riding at a young age(I think) as he spent most of his first 10 months with the breeder. She took him out a couple times and he would either get sick in the car or once the car stopped.
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Kojo is almost 12 weeks old. I think his ride from breeders his very first car ride. Not sick. I discussed possibility of carsickness and she said would just withhold breakfast (no meds).

Yesterday he had food about 30 minutes before ride but in same crate in back of SUV as the day before and only 20 minute ride. Barfed all his lunch in crate. Crate too messy to put him back in so he rode on passenger seat wrapped in his blanket to go home an hour later and barfed twice.

This morning no breakfast and on passenger seat wrapped in towel and was sick within 10 minutes. Same for trip home from vets.

I am going to buy a booster seat for Kojo and be sure he is getting fresh air or A/C and see if it helps seeing out.

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I am considering a booster seat too but I prefer using a crate since I think it is more protective in an accident. And it also contains the carsickness mess.
Right now, I am using an inverted storage container that raises the crate about 8 inches that lets him see out the window. It's not the safest but I am trying to see if it helps.
With a very young puppy, I would definitely try small steps like sitting in the car with it parked a few times a day. Then the shortest trips a few times a day. I think the younger they start riding, the better and easier it is to overcome.
Have you tried the Cerenia yet? It's pretty expensive to use often and I "think" you can only use it for a couple days at a time?
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Vet only gave me 4 Cerenia tablets which is 8 doses. The medicine lasts up to 24 hours she said. Haven't tried it yet. Puppy doesn't seem at all anxious in car and lays sleeping. Then suddenly stands up and vomits. So I don't think it is newness or anxiety.

Thinking about my first trip with him for 2.5 hours in crate in back of SUV and no car sickness, most of the trip was state highway or interstate with no turning corners. Mostly straight even road on cruise control with minimal hills.

Both the trip yesterday and to Vets today involved multiple stops and turns and winding road. So that may the why he gets sick on short trips. Big difference in the ride.
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Just took him on very short ride to pharmacy holding him in my arm on shoulder so he could see cars. Only 3 turns and 1 stop light. Waited 5 minutes and drove home. Not sick at all. Came home and ate food so clearly not nauseated.

So I think the biggest clue I have is the stops and turns of city driving versus cruise control on highway.

I think a booster seat will help him with A/C blowing and being able to see outside. I don't understand why people are so concerned about passenger airbag. My 2007 Honda CRV automatically has airbag disabled unless at least 40 pounds in seat. I can also manually switch it off.

I took my 25 pound Cavalier riding "shotgun" all the time. I had a harness specifically for restraining in car and harness attached to buckled lap belt with seat restraint & carabiner. He just sat there watching traffic, never laying down. My trips never more than 20 minutes around town (drive-thru bank, pharmacy, fast food). He loved to go "by by". I never worried about airbag because he didn't weigh 40 pounds.

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