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Acquiring Motion Sickness?

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I have seen some threads on motion sickness, so I am mostly just expressing disappointment.

Mambo has been good on car rides from day 1. Long and short car rides alike. On his 5th long car ride, we think he got carsick on the way there (didn't see or hear anything--he was in the same crate he rode the previous trips but in a different car), but he was fine on the way back so we shrugged it off. We try to take him in the car at least once a week, but have skipped some. He does fine most of the time, but lately about 5 rides ago, he got sick on the way back from dropping me off at the airport he was on my lap on the way there and in the same crate as we use for long rides on the way back (same car too). Then finally last night, my husband took him to meet me at the airport and he was fine on the way back (after they had picked me up), he threw up bad. He went to puppy class on Sunday with no problems (although I thought at times I saw him looking down in what I confirmed yesterday was the last thing he did before ), but then on the airport ride he did bad.

I can always come up with explanations of why this or that, last night he rode 45 minutes after eating and the first trip to the airport where he got sick was probably stop and go and he had not eaten since morning. But, when we took all those long trips, we fed him whenever it was time sometimes inside the car with no problems. So I guess I am worried he is developing motion sickness.

Those of you with dogs who get sick, did your guys acquire motion sickness with time or were they sickly in the car from the beginning or what?


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Patricia~ Tori was fine riding until she was 4 mos. old. The 1st time she got sick in the car was on the ride home from getting some vaccinations at the vet. I know she was stressed and upset so, I thought that was the reason. However, she has continued to get sick off and on. It doesn't seem to matter the length of the ride. Sometimes she never actually but, will just drool profusely. I'm trying to figure out if it's a "mental" thing or if she truly has motion sickness.

I've given her several remedies. Some have worked to keep the from happening. Some have even stopped the drooling. I don't like the way she seems "drugged" when I've given them, though. I have discovered she seems to do best when she rides on the floor of the back seat on a towel. She's had several very successful rides like that.

Sure hope you can find something that will help Mambo.


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Patricia, all three of mine threw up from the beginning. My girls have stopped but Logan is HORRIBLE!!! There is a thread on here where I gave him the new drug cerenia this past weekend. He did not throw up!!on the 1hr20minute drive!! We were thrilled but... he did drool excessivly but since he started to drool before he even got into the car, I think the drool is from nerves. I have a call in to my vet now to talk about what I can do about the drooling. prior to meds, he would throw up on 5-10 minuted drives!! Yes, feeding before they go is an issue & I also think the type of vehicle. My husbands BMW makes me nauseous sometimes with the way it handles, but I am fine in other cars. Good luck and talk with your vet.

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Cosmo has had problems with car sickness and he seemed to grow into it not out of it .
I have posted on other threads ..
Tom says to drive smooth and I do feel that works better but at home we have some really bad roads so you cannot always drive smooth ...
I got them car seats and that helped . On long trips I have given Cosmo Bonine a half a tab and it has helped . He still drools . I think part of it is mental as he had some lulu times where he vomited a lot . He used to literally avoid the car - he would not go near it He would start to drool as soon as he got in

As a puppy we would start to do better and then he would have to go to the vet for one reason or another and he would have a set back ..
This just happened again and we are now back to relearning it all over .. I try and make it a positive experience with fun on the other end .. No ice cream though .
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New possible solution? Cranked up A/C

So, after 6 weeks of trips to puppy classes, one trip to the city and a trip to the vet, someone invited Mambo to a cookout (ok the cookout was for us, but they have a dog about 13lbs who they thought would play well with Mambo). The house was about 1 hour away. We packed him up in his crate like we used to and he was very immediately not comfortable like he had seemed going to puppy classes.

We had originally thought me driving vs. my husban driving was a problem, but I cannot drive for a couple of weeks so my husband had to do it. We crossed our fingers. He was very whiny in the beginning and I thought, yep, he doesn't enjoy my husband driving. Then, about halfway thrugh we cranked the A/C to make it way cold in the car and try to blow some air his way to see if it helps.

It works!!! He does not whine and stays calmly the minute the A/C is cranked up to make the car cold. This explains a lot. All the long trips we took were in winter when it is naturally colder and actually all the times he got car sick would coincide with the heat being cranked up in the car. If we turn the A/C down (warmer) he starts whining almost as soon as you can tell a temperature difference.

So, we'll be driving coats on this summer, but at least he will be with us!!

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It's funny Bogie got car sick the day I got him and each time in the car he would throw up. But after awhile I learnt a few things. Don't go for a drive for at least 1hr after eating. Keep the window down for fresh air, make sure he can see out the window, and don't drive like I would if he wasn't in the car. I tend to drive much leisurely when he's in the car. Now, he hasn't gotten car sick in at least a year.
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Sissy has always done great on trips. We always crank up the A/C.
We just got back from a 7 hour trip to Texas and back. Sissy did great - we wore long sleeves - she likes it cold.

We didn't feed her before we left but half way back she climbed in the back and started looking through her purse for treats. She loves the car.
I think next time I will go ahead and feed her. We have gone on several long trips with her.

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