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Good morning! Found out yesterday that we will be travelling next weekend to Springfield, MA from our home in NJ. It's about a 4 hour drive. Scarlett gets car sick. We were at the vet yesterday for her parvo vax and the vet suggested homeopet travel drops. I'm going to try them out this morning. She usually rides in a soft travel carrier. Would being up higher help? Also we will be in a hotel so plan on bringing her crate and ex pen. Any other travel advice? I've never traveled that far with any pet let alone a puppy. Thanks!
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With Perry being higher or lower doesn't seem to make any difference. I haven't tried the drops - please report back if they work. I haven't found anything that works for Perry yet. I got something from the vet last visit and while it did seem to prevent vomiting, he still was so drooly that you would have thought we'd give his front end a bath

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I am thankful that Tucker does not get car sick. However, he travels much better when he can see out of the car, so he rides in the tallest dog car seat I could find. He lays down when he gets tired, and sits up when he wants to look out.

It all depends on the individual dog, though.

Something that has helped with all my dogs, whether they got car sick or not, was to keep as much cool, fresh air blowing on them as possible. That makes a big difference. I've see little fans that clip onto crates that I'd use if I kept my dog in a crate while traveling.
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With Perry being higher or lower doesn't seem to make any difference. I haven't tried the drops - please report back if they work. I haven't found anything that works for Perry yet. I got something from the vet last visit and while it did seem to prevent vomiting, he still was so drooly that you would have thought we'd give his front end a bath

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Well no luck this morning. I did give her the drops on treats so maybe I need to try it with less treat or maybe a tiny smear of peanut butter. I'll keep you posted.
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Good morning! Found out yesterday that we will be travelling next weekend to Springfield, MA from our home in NJ. It's about a 4 hour drive. Scarlett gets car sick. We were at the vet yesterday for her parvo vax and the vet suggested homeopet travel drops. I'm going to try them out this morning. She usually rides in a soft travel carrier. Would being up higher help? Also we will be in a hotel so plan on bringing her crate and ex pen. Any other travel advice? I've never traveled that far with any pet let alone a puppy. Thanks!
Being up higher often causes more carsickness rather than less. More importantly, it's a VERY dangerous position in the car for a dog... Right where flying glass could hit them in an accident, and where they are more likely to be thrown from the car.
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Leo would get car sick as well. He's outgrown most of his car issues but as long as the A/C or a strong fan is on him--he's good to go! When he's in his crate--I lower all the windows half way down. The circulation of air really helps.
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I have no real cure for it. My pom would get car sick every time as a puppy (he threw up all over me on the way home from breeder). I just drove with him in the car as frequently as possible after I got him, even short trip to groceries. The car sick problem eventually went away after a few months of that. I don't know if he finally got used to car rides or he grew out of it (he was 6 months old when we got him).
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Izzy gets car sick as well. I hoped she would grow out of it because I would love to take her more places with me but she is 20 months old and nothing has changed so far. Half of a benadryl on an empty stomach about 30 minutes before we leave the house will sometimes work. And sometimes her mouth will just get soaking wet with drool. I sat her in my lap one day just to move the car from the street to my garage and a minute later my pants looked like I had been sprayed with something.
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Izzy gets car sick as well. I hoped she would grow out of it because I would love to take her more places with me but she is 20 months old and nothing has changed so far. Half of a benadryl on an empty stomach about 30 minutes before we leave the house will sometimes work. And sometimes her mouth will just get soaking wet with drool. I sat her in my lap one day just to move the car from the street to my garage and a minute later my pants looked like I had been sprayed with something.
I'll have to try Benadryl and maybe try to get a battery operated fan to clip on his travel bag.

We usually end up traveling with 2 carry bags - 1 for the car (that doesn't have a furry liner) that I can wipe down once we get to the airport and 1 for the plane (furry liner) because if we were to use the same one while he was in the car it would be soaking wet from drool or worse, smeared with whatever was in his stomach by the time we got to the airport - probably not pleasant to be in (or possibly to smell) on a 20+/- plane trip.

Perry also threw up on our trip home with him. Right now it seems like any trips of 20 minutes or less (with no food in the belly) end up with mild drool, anything over (or with food in the belly) end up vomiting.

I do want to take him more places, but it feels selfish given how car sick he gets.
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UPDATE: I used the homeopet travel drops the next day with one treat divided into 3 pieces. Worked well but still a lot of drool. Yesterday same thing but added a couple of drops of lavendar essential oil to her color. Worked perfectly! No drool either! It was an hour drive. I'll try it again today on the way home.
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