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Question What can I do for motion sickness?/

I finally got a 6 month old hav. I guess it has pros and cons. The cons are that for 6 months he has not been trained the pros are that he sleeps all night in his crate without any problems. I am just having issues with socialization and paper training, but I am sure that eventually will get there , not in 2 days as I have read.
He is very sweet a bit shy ( more with men) , but since we started his obedience classes ( which honestly I want to use them to socialize him he has gotten better. Also there is always traffic in my home so he will get over.
I am having problems when we go away for the weekend and he has to ride for 90 minutes. So far what has worked best is to have his last feeding by 1 pm and we leave by 8:30 pm , but i think it is too many hours without eating since he is not a big breakfast eater!!
I have tried ginger drops and camommile , but does not really work since I would have to give it to him for at least 4 days before the trip ( every weeknd we go away).
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hi maria, i live on an island so every time we go to the mainland (2 x per mo) coco has to ride the boat. she has done so well for just over one year, but the weather this past week was soooo bad that she threw up three times. she is not a breakfast eater but loves eggs so i usually cook one for her before leaving. she did not eat that day and i think that is why she threw up. she really looked terrible, i felt so sorry for her. our vet was on the boat also and said to give her children's benadryl and gator aid sips, no food. she was somewhat better the next day. the weather was unusual and does not happen often. we are going to the mainland in the morning and i will give her an egg and hope she does well! try an egg!!! judith
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Cosmo used to get carsick . it is getting better but he still has his moments .
The vet recomended anti nausea drugs such as dramamine but I gave him Bonanine (Excuse spelling) because it is anti drowsy . He did well with it .
I also find it is much better now that they are harnessed in car seats and he can look out the window ..
There are other threads that have addressed this issue in the past so you may want to look them up ..
Lots of helpful advice ..
I do not feed Cosmo if we are going on a long trip .. They can miss one meal with no problem . I also go light on the liquids but if he is thirsty obviously I let him drink ..
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I ran across a recipe for carsick biscuits here recently, I haven't tried them out, yet but here's a link if you are interested:


Gucci never gets sick in my car, or my husband's but she did get a little green in the rental van that was bouncing all over the road this summer.

Another idea, is to maybe take him/her on a long walk and tire them out before you leave. 90 minutes isn't that long. I think it is something that they have to get used to. Gucci didn't like the car at ALL until we started going out for ice cream. lol, and then she got much better after the potential that she'd get a lick of vanilla. lol

Housebreaking doesn't happen overnight, but if you are very viligent you can make great progress in a few weeks. Have you tried hanging bells? Or are you strictly pads?

Also, it took me a few weeks/months to figure out that Gucci won't poop in the same place she pees, but once that lightbulb went off in my head, I was able to set up a different place for pooping and that made a HUGE difference. I know a few other people on here have the same issue with their dogs having the same 'no poop where I pee' policy. lol, so it's something to watch for. I wish someone had brought up that potential issue to me!

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I can share your pain. Lola gets sick allllll the time in the car. What a mess. I have tried all methods nothing works except for a sedative that the vet gives for car sickness. It is called Acepromazine. I give it to her about 2 hours before a long car trip. It does work but I am searching for something else as this is a sedative and I am not comfortable giving that to her for every long car trip we take. Good luck
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Havee is fine on short trips around town, but on longer trips he doesn't do well. We have given him Bonine 1 hour before we leave, and it has worked for him! There is nothing worse than a sick dog in the car. The mess--and I feel so badly for him.

We do put him in a crate in the back seat for longer trips to keep him safe. He doesn't get anxcious traveling in the car, he stays calm, just sick.

We are contemplating a plane ride with him in the future, and I don't know what would be more necessary, a sedative, or Bonine, or both????

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There are several threads on this subject, but instead of trying to find them I can say that my guys all got sick in the car when they were younger, and now only Logan does - BUT IT IS BAD!!! He drools really really bad and then throws up. The Bonine helps us on shorter trips 15 mins. but that is his limit. I have gotten the new drug Cerenia for him- it is an anti-vomit drug. I will be trying it out for the first time on the 10th and the 11th of Feb as I have two places to go. I will let you know how it works. Good luck!!

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Angry car sick/paper training

Thanks you all for the advise, yes I heard about the poop/pee separation and will work on a larger area so he can do that
Thanks again:
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Sorry I don't have any advice for you as I know that Kubrick also gets carsick in the car if it's over an hour long or if it's lots of stop and go (taxi cabs in New York are great for that!). I hope you find something that will work for you!

Jan, I just wanted to mention that although Kubrick gets carsick, he is completely and 100% fine on the subway and the bus and on planes. I think it's because they are bigger and usually don't stop suddenly. Any shaking that goes on isn't enough to get him sick, so I'm pretty sure that Havee will be fine on a plane without any meds.

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Originally Posted by Jan D View Post
We are contemplating a plane ride with him in the future, and I don't know what would be more necessary, a sedative, or Bonine, or both????
You may not need anything at all for the plane. I've traveled by plane with almost all my dogs, even the ones that get carsick, and a plane is much different. You can ask your vet to prescribe something just in case of emergency, but you may not even need it. All of this is assuming your dog is traveling in cabin.

If your dog is traveling in the plane with cargo you CANNOT give any sedatives at all. It prevents them from regulating their own body temperature.
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