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It breaks my heart.....

Maggie has gotten carsick since the day we brought her home 4 months ago at 9 weeks of age. We've tried dramamine, benadryl, short trips including just sitting in the car or backing in and out of the lap, in carrier, and now a booster seat. She starts licking, then drooling, and then vomiting. Once out of the car she has loose stools. She's a very happy puppy once all that is over. We have plans to visit family 5-6 hours from here and would love to bring her along, but are worried about how sick she would get. Those of you with carsick puppies.....does it get better as you travel on?
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Is she in a carrier in the car? I don't really have any other suggestions. I edited to see that you tried in the carrier. I think puppies out grow carsickness.

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Is she traveling on an empty stomach?
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I had a dog (a Keeshond) that got carsick. I found that giving him benadryl helped a lot, along with an empty stomach prior to trips. Ask your vet for the right dose to try. Maybe it would help break the pattern as she grows more used to it.

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Thundershirts have helped some dogs if it's all related to anxiety. They also have a homepathic remedy called homeopet travel on the website. Both may be worth a try.

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Hate to say this but Whimsy is 2 years old and she has not outgrown it. Believe me,,,I have tried everything under the sun. I feel so bad for her. She really hates the car and I can't say I blame her.

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I had one that even getting close to the car, she would get sick. Tried every remedy out there. She would drool, throw up, and as time went on and she got worse, she would even poop all over. I just think there are those that never adjust to riding.
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This sort of thing can actually become a learned behavior. That is, they have a bad car experience early on and begin to associate the car with unpleasant experience. Yep they can learn to make themselves sick. I have a couple of articles too long to post here, if you want to email me privately. Beth's suggestion of Homeopet I've heard has good results. Quite often a combination of desensitization and drugs can help significantly.

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You might want to try a little yogurt or ice cream before you put her in the car, so there is something settling in her stomach.

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As a pup Roki vomited all over even on short car trips. What helped him a lot is medicine Cerenia (Pfizer). No vomit, no drolling, no licking, very relaxed, no side effects... vet told me that some pups have something undeveloped in middle ear. Around ten months to one year that development process is over and they usually stop vomiting in the car.
Good idea would be to take your pup to some interesting and fun places by car. I did that when Roki was 10 months old - we started older puppy classes out of town and big bonus from our trainer was one hour of free RLH and playing after the class. First time Roki vomited after 8 minutes, second time he vomited after 15 minutes, third time he vomited after half hour, just when I parked in front of poligon. Fourth time - no vomit, just a lot of happines and excitement. Trainer said that he knows that little stinkers like that extra hour of play and added that that is the way he cured tons of pups from being car sick.
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