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car sick / anxiety vomiting

Does anyone else's pup get car sick and/or vomits when they get anxious? I can't even travel for 15 minutes without Perry getting car sick (though I'm not sure if it's motion sick or anxiety). Does anyone have any good preventative or other remedies?
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Rexy is prone to carsickness/anxiety in the car. Though he is getting lots better as he gets older. I have a fleece pad that I put on the seat under his carrier. I put a couple drops each of peppermint and ginger essential oils on the pad. I also know not to feed him within a couple of hours of going in the car. I find he does better if he is in his little carrier that he sleeps in at night. He does much better if Leo is close by. So I have to be more mindful about when I want to take him somewhere. As I said though he is getting much better as he gets older. I would suggest starting by sitting in the car with Perry for just a couple of minutes then increase the time as he seems to relax. This could take from minutes to days or more. Then crank the car. Then go up the driveway, then turn out onto the road, drive 1/4 mile then more and so on. Taking each step as long as Perry needs to get comfortable. Once you move in the car then stop and get him out and play for a few minutes then get back in. I I know this process seems tedious but you need to help Perry associate the car with fun rather than something to be anxious about.
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Yes, Bodie gets very sick in the car. He will cry and has thrown up. The vet said it's probably motion sickness and a lot of puppies outgrow it when their inner ear fully develops. He does better if he's in his crate. I tried the car seat and he hated it. I'm trying to take him on short trips around the neighborhood and then get out and walk him. I think he's getting a little better. He's 9 months so I'm hoping he's growing out of it. Good luck!
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Raffy still gets carsick sometimes at a year and a half. I haven't found anything that helps or changes it for him, it just happens on occasion. He used to get sick every car ride, so it has improved over time. For him, I do believe he just gets motion sickness. I'm not sure if he'll ever grow out of it entirely. Sassy only got sick the first time we brought her home and never since, but she does get anxious and cries/shakes. Since she wasn't improving after many, many car rides, I broke down and got a homeopathic calming spray and mist the inside of her crate before we go. It works wonders; she settles right down without a peep and no longer shakes or seems stressed. I believe it contains lavender and chamomile extracts.
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No carsickness here. He has never been in the car or on a plane in anything other than the Sleepypod Air. I don't know if being in the closed den like bag has made a difference. But he loves it. Never makes a peep, usually goes to sleep. Sometimes I have to wake him up. I use it whether we are going 5 minutes or 4 hours away.


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Poor little guy. I hope he grows out of it too. If you get desperate Cerenia works well for car sickness.
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Raffy still gets carsick sometimes at a year and a half. I haven't found anything that helps or changes it for him, it just happens on occasion. He used to get sick every car ride, so it has improved over time. For him, I do believe he just gets motion sickness. I'm not sure if he'll ever grow out of it entirely. Sassy only got sick the first time we brought her home and never since, but she does get anxious and cries/shakes. Since she wasn't improving after many, many car rides, I broke down and got a homeopathic calming spray and mist the inside of her crate before we go. It works wonders; she settles right down without a peep and no longer shakes or seems stressed. I believe it contains lavender and chamomile extracts.
What brand did you get/ use?
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No carsickness here. He has never been in the car or on a plane in anything other than the Sleepypod Air. I don't know if being in the closed den like bag has made a difference. But he loves it. Never makes a peep, usually goes to sleep. Sometimes I have to wake him up. I use it whether we are going 5 minutes or 4 hours away.
I've tried his travel bag (we have both the a sherpa bag and another small bag that opens on the sides to give him more room for longer trips. I'm leaning more towards it being motion sick (despite his anxiety/ fear of a lot of things) because it's only in the car, not on planes. But it might be a combination of the two. I don't know how to tell which it is.

I've tried him being in his bag (we try to use the sherpa bag for car trips because it's not lined so easier to clean when he vomits) and with a seatbelt on the seat (so he can look out the window) and he's vomited with both ways.
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I've tried his travel bag (we have both the a sherpa bag and another small bag that opens on the sides to give him more room for longer trips. I'm leaning more towards it being motion sick (despite his anxiety/ fear of a lot of things) because it's only in the car, not on planes. But it might be a combination of the two. I don't know how to tell which it is.

I've tried him being in his bag (we try to use the sherpa bag for car trips because it's not lined so easier to clean when he vomits) and with a seatbelt on the seat (so he can look out the window) and he's vomited with both ways.
Poor guy! I hope he outgrows it. It is miserable to be car sick.


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Poor Perry! I am hoping he outgrows his car sickness.

Shama has never thrown up in the car. She rides in this crate in the car:




She does protest by barking/yelping/whining at times, mostly when I use the turn signal. I'm thinking maybe some of my turns when she was a puppy made her uncomfortable, so now she anticipates discomfort when she hears the turn signal. Before long car rides, we spray the sides of her crate with this:




And we also give her a half dose (chew) of this:




Barbara, could we please see a photo of Loki in the Sleepypod in your car? Is he able to stand in it and turn around? Sometimes I feel like Shama's car crate is too big for her.
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