I'm so upset. My Shadow gets motion sickness. Tried Bonine, tried Dramamine. Didn't work. My vet prescribed Cerenia. Not good. He has developed the runs and vomited both times I tried it.
This time was the worst. I gave it to him Wed. and the runs started right away. Thought he was better Thurs. No, he is going to the vet in the morning(Sat.)He also threw up this afternoon.
I am so scared. He is keeping water down(I think). Haven't fed him tonight and he is begging for food.
Am I jumping the gun?
What do you do when your baby gets sick? When is it vet time? I hate to take him in when he gets so sick in the car even a couple miles.
I have battled extreme car sickness with my dog which is finally resolved. I can share what I did.
1. Ditch all the medications so you can get to the root cause.
2. Try not to be anxious and stressed because your dog is going to pick this up and it is only going to make it worse. Have faith that you can get your dog over this. Also, do not listen to naysayers that tell you that you should have taken your dog on 100 fun trips when it was 10 weeks old. This will do nothing for you and also just add guilt.
3. If your dog gets anxious just going into the car without it even moving, try to get your dog to love the car. Park the car in the driveway with engine off. Then take him in there and do fun things...feed him in there, give him treats, if you buy a new toy let him find it there. Do this as often as you need to until he is not anxious in there.
4. Once he is okay with engine off, repeat the above with engine on.
5. Once he is okay with engine on, just take short trip like one block. Make sure the dog has a comfortable position in the car and is secured. My dog does best in back seat in a bed with a car harness. Bed has towels around her so she feels secure. I sit back there with her and my husband drives. Not sure if you need to do this or not. If she is in a crate she freaks out because if she gets queasy she wants to get out to vomit. She rarely ever does anymore, but we have super hilly and winding roads and sometimes she gets queezy on those. Straight roads are no problem.
6. Slowly increase length of trips and try to end in fun places. Do not always wind up at vet or groomers.
Other things to consider. Some dogs do better on empty stomach (mine does), some like to be full and some just like a light snack. You will have to figure that out. Windows need to be cracked for fresh air. The more successful trips you have, the quicker he will get over it so go slowly.