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Please help Cuba. He went to daycare for the first time today. On the ride back, he threw up in the car. He still gets really nervous when riding in the car and he usually starts drooling profusely. He has thrown up before and over the weekend when we went to the pet store, he threw up bile. Today I am concerned because I noticed a little bit of blood in the throw up. His stomach was empty because he didn't eat much for breakfast and except for treats, he didn't eat in daycare. Is this something I should go to the vet with?

The daycare said he played with the other dogs (his size) all day with the exception of break time and was good. Now he is resting. I am assuming it is because he had an active day, but could it be something else?

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I hope Cuba is doing better by now. They tend to throw up bile when the stomach is empty. I have seen Benji do it when he was a puppy , and occasionaly Lizzie too. But I have never seen any blood. I would be concerned if I saw blood. You might want to chekc with your breeder and the vet.

Benji is prone to carsickness. I use Bonine per his breeder's and vet's recommendation. I also use Rescue Remedy to calm Benji and Lizzie on the rides. However, our car rides are not frequent and the use of Bonine is occasional. If Cuba is going to ride every day, I do not think using any medication, even over the counter medication on a daily basis is a good idea. If you take him for short rides to get him used to the car travel, he might get over the carsickness eventually.

Good luck and I hope Cuba is feels better soon.

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More than likely he is exhausted from the day care. It's normal for dogs to be quite tired after a day of play.

How long did he go between eating? If he ate a small breakfast and played all day, he may very well be throwing up because of that. You may want to give some of his food to the daycare and ask them to feed him some midway. If there's blood in his vomit I'd be a bit concerned. You may just want to watch him for the next day or so and see if he's got his appetite and if he continues throwing up. If he throws up again and you notice blood, I would definitely go to the vet.

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Vomiting bile from an empty stomach or vomiting due to car sickness is pretty common. But if there was blood in it, I'd call the vet. You want to make sure there isn't an ulcer or something else going on.

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More than likely he is exhausted from the day care. It's normal for dogs to be quite tired after a day of play.

How long did he go between eating? If he ate a small breakfast and played all day, he may very well be throwing up because of that. You may want to give some of his food to the daycare and ask them to feed him some midway. If there's blood in his vomit I'd be a bit concerned. You may just want to watch him for the next day or so and see if he's got his appetite and if he continues throwing up. If he throws up again and you notice blood, I would definitely go to the vet.

This is what I was thinking, a mid day snack would help. I also wanted to add when I was going through a bout of Monte throwing up and went to the vet I mentioned to him seeing small specks of red in his bile throw up that I thought could be blood. He said that would be normal if they throw up a lot and their stomach is irritated. Still watch him and maybe at least call the vet and ask about it even if he seems fine through the night.

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Ah, poor little guy. My guys throw up on occasion. I normally don't get nervous when they do, but the blood would probably make me want to take him to the vet. Good luck!





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Cuba is still resting. He gets up to follow me around and then he lays down where he can see me. I think he is just exhausted and he went a long time without a meal. I think during the day when he is home he usually sleeps most of the day so when I get home he's full of energy. I think daycare must have worn him out. He's not eating his regular food, but he does eat his treats.

He ate less than normal this morning because he was more interested in stretching and playing. I will bring some food for him on Thursday though to see if that helps. I also bought some medicine that is supposed to make him calm at Petsmart. I will add it to his water and see if it helps. I agree with the advice of getting him used to the car rides so I plan on using it only sparingly. He was doing ok with the car rides until Saturday when he had a bad time throwing up bile. When I tried to take him out Sunday, he started drooling as soon as I got him in the car. I left him home because he seemed so nervous.

Thanks for all the advice. I will watch him closely and let you know how he is.

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Hope, Cash had terrible car sickness...what we found that finally worked for him (besides lots of short rides to fun places) was placing him on the floor in the back seat. It may be unique to Cash but it is worth a try. I think there is less stimulation.




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Hope, Cash had terrible car sickness...what we found that finally worked for him (besides lots of short rides to fun places) was placing him on the floor in the back seat. It may be unique to Cash but it is worth a try. I think there is less stimulation.
It and lots of fun little rides worked for Oliver!!! It also helped I would bring his brother Tucker along (Tucker LOVES to be in the car)

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I found for car sickness, that having the dogs see out the window was important. They seem to get more sick if they can feel the motion but not see it. So now they sit in the front seat generally looking out with the window slightly down. No issues at all.

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