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CC is almost 10 months old and still gets very carsick if we don’t give her Cerenia. My breeder said she would grow out of it, but when? Anyone else having this problem? She loves everyone and every dog, but it’s so difficult to take her anywhere. Any help would be appreciated. Don’t want to keep medicating her. Thank you in advance.
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Ours did grow out of it mostly prior to that age. Every now and then he’ll surprise me and get sick. I have to put him in a booster seat vs a crate, which is not ideal but when weighing risk vs benefit, it works better for us.

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My Mia had car sickness issues. She does better on an empty stomach. Have you tried that? She also does better with a car seat harness. If she gets queasy in a crate, she freaks out. I think because she does not want to vomit all over herself in the crate so she wants out. Also, if your dog vomits after a certain period of time, you could try shorter trips so she can be successful and help her disassociate the car with vomiting. I never used Cerenia. It suppresses the dogs tendency to vomit, however if your dog ever eats something bad and needs to vomit, she will not be able to and this could cause serious problems.
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Just wanted to add that one time we took Mia in the car to a family gathering. While there she must have eaten some chicken bones somehow. She vomited them up on the way home and all was good. If I had given her Cerenia this may not have been the case.
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My boy is almost 3 now and has not grown out of it. Cerenia did not help him, he was actually sicker. He loves to go in the car and wants to go,but 3 miles and I can see him starting to feel the motion. Sometimes not even 3 miles. He seems to do better with a small meal a few hours before the ride. I'm baffled and have tried pretty much everything except for a sedative my vet suggested.
It has side effects that scare me like a tendancy to overheat easily. We live in Florida and it is hot most of the year(not today!) and he is usually going to the groomer.
I've given up really but he has done maybe 5 drives over a mile where he did not get sick. I am no help.
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My boy is almost 3 now and has not grown out of it. Cerenia did not help him, he was actually sicker. He loves to go in the car and wants to go,but 3 miles and I can see him starting to feel the motion. Sometimes not even 3 miles. He seems to do better with a small meal a few hours before the ride. I'm baffled and have tried pretty much everything except for a sedative my vet suggested.
It has side effects that scare me like a tendancy to overheat easily. We live in Florida and it is hot most of the year(not today!) and he is usually going to the groomer.
I've given up really but he has done maybe 5 drives over a mile where he did not get sick. I am no help.
I really feel bad for you Tere. Dog car sickness is almost as frustrating as a dog peeing all over your house. Hang in there. Sounds like you did everything you could. Mia finally got over it but it took years. We have property 2 hours from here and go there at least one a week. Not going was not an option. And doing shorter trips to build up to two hours was not feasible. The roads are windy and hilly. She finally makes the trip fine. We are moving there later this year so we will not be doing as many trips on windy hilly roads. Looking forward to that.
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Yes, it really does suck! That little guy could be having fun times meeting and greeting new people, going to new places if not for the car sickness. He would actually make a wonderful pet therapy dog. I did this with my previous dog who loved to go and be friends with dementia patients at a nursing home. We did it for years til he got sickly. Shadow would actually be better at it than Romeo was. I would love to take him home to meet all of my friends and family but 1600 miles of puking puppy is not fun. I was considering flying with him but that would involve a few long car rides to/from the airports.
I so wish there was a good answer. Cerenia was not it for Shadow, he did better with Bonine. At least, it worked sometimes.
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Yes, it really does suck! That little guy could be having fun times meeting and greeting new people, going to new places if not for the car sickness. He would actually make a wonderful pet therapy dog. I did this with my previous dog who loved to go and be friends with dementia patients at a nursing home. We did it for years til he got sickly. Shadow would actually be better at it than Romeo was. I would love to take him home to meet all of my friends and family but 1600 miles of puking puppy is not fun. I was considering flying with him but that would involve a few long car rides to/from the airports.
I so wish there was a good answer. Cerenia was not it for Shadow, he did better with Bonine. At least, it worked sometimes.
Just thought of something. Do you use any type of chemicals in your car? For example, car deodorizer or any kind of cleaners?
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Not deodorizer, nothing much other than window cleaner(and that isn't often inside). He got sick on rides with the breeder(2 different vehicles) every ride he went on with her. If he doesn't get sick in the car, he gets sick once he gets out.
I don't think it is any scent/cleaner since I use a lot more in the house. He is not a puker other than car ride related. Once in 2 years that was not car ride related.
Kind of amazing for a dog who can run fast in circles endlessly!
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Thank you for the wonderful feedback! Will try some Bonine maybe. I don’t use any chemicals in the car. So frustrating
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