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Car sickness

I am sure this has been addressed on here a bunch, but search on my iPad is not working so well. Whisky's car sickness isnt getting better, in fact I would say it is worse.

We have been trying to desensitize her by playing with her in the car, not even turning it on, but that really upsets her and she is not herself for a good long while.

We have also tried rescue remedy, it has no real impact. We have asked the vet, but she won't prescribe anything, and says we have to continue with the behavioral work. I am fine putting in the time, but Whisky is missing out on things because I can't take her in the car alone without her throwing up multiple times and when we arrive she is in a funk for an hour or so. We have tried giving her treats and such, like the trainer said, but she just throws up.

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How old is your pup? How is your pup traveling in the car? Dexter still does not like to travel by car, but tolerates it now. He puts his head down.

He use to throw up within 5 minutes of traveling especially when we had to travel around lots of curves in the road. He also use to salivate heavily around the mouth due to the stress.

I am thinking Dexter finally grew out of the car sickness, so hang in there. Maybe you just need time for your pup to mature.



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She is 4 months old, I have been told she would grow out of it, but it really pains me to see her so so upset. Last night she was supposed to go to puppy play time, but within 3 minutes of the car ride she had thrown up There have been two times that she didn't get sick on a car ride, but the vast majority of the times, she either gets sicks or salivates a ton. I really wish there was something I could do to make it more enjoyable for her, I am just so used to dogs loving cars.
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I think you're just going to have to stick with it. If it's car sickness as opposed to fear of the car (and that 's what it sounds like... she's getting to not like the car because she gets sick there, but she wasn't FIRST afraid of the car) playing with her in the motionless, turned-off car won't help. It's the motion that causes the problem. I would get her in the car DAILY, for just a ride around the block to start with, lengthening the amount of time as you go. I wouldn't cut it short for drooling.

Unfortunately, motion sickness in dogs is just like with people. The only thing that gets them over it is exposure. One thing that CAN help is to experiment with how she sits. Some dogs do better if they can see out the window, others do worse. Some do better in a car seat or harness, while others do better in a crate. Another variable is the food. Some do better on an empty stomach, while others do better with some food in their stomach. (Kodi was the latter)

And make the most of car rides to activities she'll enjoy. Kodi LOVED puppy class, so even though he drooled and whined, (and upchucked a few times) I stuck with it. I took him with me everywhere I possibly could... along with a roll of paper towels and a bottle of Fantastic! Your little one is still very young. If you stick with it, this will be a thing of the past before you know it!


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Karen - thank you so much, I will get her out there every night, luckily I have seats that are easy to clean and I carry half of my towel supply with me on every ride

We have tried a crate, she absolutely hated that, then we tried a booster seat with a harness, she didn't whine, but she did throw up 3 times in a two minute drive.

We live in an apartment and she absolutely hates the trip to the elevator and then to the car, I try to temp her with treats, but she then throws them up. Should I just carry her to the car, or should I make her walk on her own, the vet said to make her walk, but it seems to get her even more upset.
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Karen - thank you so much, I will get her out there every night, luckily I have seats that are easy to clean and I carry half of my towel supply with me on every ride

We have tried a crate, she absolutely hated that, then we tried a booster seat with a harness, she didn't whine, but she did throw up 3 times in a two minute drive.

We live in an apartment and she absolutely hates the trip to the elevator and then to the car, I try to temp her with treats, but she then throws them up. Should I just carry her to the car, or should I make her walk on her own, the vet said to make her walk, but it seems to get her even more upset.
I'd just carry her... deal with one problem at a time. Does she ALWAYS hate walking down on her own, or just when you are going to the car. If she always hates it, I'm thinking she's having the same problem with the elevator that she does with the car.

Try her on the seat (with a towel or dog bed under her) as well as in the car seat. She might do better if she can't see out. Some do, some don't but it's something else to try.


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She does fine on the elevator after she gets out of the car and is going back to the apt, she is actually loves it on the way up
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She does fine on the elevator after she gets out of the car and is going back to the apt, she is actually loves it on the way up
It's a different motion going up, though. I remember that feeling of "leaving my tummy behind" going down in an elevator when I was a kid.


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I am not sure where the stairs are in my building to the garage, but there have to be stairs down there. I will try to find them tonight and see if that helps to
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Lizzie had awful carsickness. She would drool profusely and/or vomit. She did not like certain roads, so I was sure it was not fear. She also got excited to go in the car. I got a booster seat that fits on the table between the front seats (not near any airbags). She likes it as she can let the air conditioning hit her face when she is feeling bad. She is now 15 months old. We took her to my parent's this past Father's Day which is a 3 hour ride and she did well. Only thing was she had diarrhea when we got there. We are renting a cottage this week and she did great on the way up Sunday. It is just over an hour. DD and I came home yesterday am as there was no electricity and I could tell she felt a bit bad. She also had not eaten her breakfast. Long story short is, hopefully, Whisky will grow out of it.

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