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Car sick Havanese

The last few times that I have had Rolex on a car ride, he has thrown up. The first time, into my new billfold ( the little credit card pockets, of course) and then, moved over on the other side of my lap and into my new purse ( the little pockets that required Q-tips to clean out)--I now smell like Bounce rags as they are in both purse and billfold.
The next ride, I had him in his crate, so it wasen't quite as bad as before. He really does not ever get sick unless we are taking a fairly long ride. One of my children was the same way growing up--think it just runs in the family? have any suggestions other than not buying a new purse or billfold?
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I have had two Havs that get carsick and it seems to get worse for them when they are in the crates (and messier since I don't necessarily realize it right away and they may lay in it), so I prefer to put them on the seat with a harness and a lot of towels underneath.

Some people have had better luck not feeding them prior to the trip, but that isn't always possible.

The one thing that I've heard to be beneficial many times is to get a raised doggy seat like the Look-Out Seat (Look Out Seat?). With the dog raised up where he/she can see, and not be completely confined, many Havanese have done much better in the car.

I believe several people here have those car seats (or versions of them), so maybe they can help you.
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First of all- welcome to the forum and what a cute name for such an adorable dog...very creative!

I know a lot of people on the forum have car sickness issues with their havanese. Sorry, both my girls travel extremely well in the car so I can't help there! But I did just watch a Cesar episode with an italian mastiff who had car ridding issues. What they did to help this was to start over in small steps with total positive associations in the car. He started off small just teaching the dog to jump in the car and treats then added leaving in the car, then taking the car out to the road, etc. It was a long process but it showed that it worked for this dog. If you get a chance here is the episode:

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An Australian shepherd is so devoted to his owner he breaks leashes to be with her; a neurotic beagle makes trouble for a pack of foster dogs; and an Italian mastiff puppy fears riding in cars. Can Cesar help this troubled trio?

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I bet there is a lot of help in those baby steps, Amanda. Funny that you mention it because our dogs used to always come out to the car with us when we were packing or whatever. The two dogs that have had trouble in the car were both OK in the beginning, but not part of that packing & running out to the car routine. Interesting!
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[QUOTE=Havtahava;44815]I have had two Havs that get carsick and it seems to get worse for them when they are in the crates (and messier since I don't necessarily realize it right away and they may lay in it), so I prefer to put them on the seat with a harness and a lot of towels underneath.

Some people have had better luck not feeding them prior to the trip, but that isn't always possible.

The one thing that I've heard to be beneficial many times is to get a raised doggy seat like the Look-Out Seat (Look Out Seat?). With the dog raised up where he/she can see, and not be completely confined, many Havanese have done much better in the car.

I believe several people here have those car seats (or versions of them), so maybe they can help you.[
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That worked for us as well as lots of fun little trips. (such as playdates etc.)
Oliver's brother always loves the car so sometimes he went along also. Thank you Tucker! Oliver is OK now in the car.

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I love the lookout car seat, although it just for Bugsy's safety. I've been really lucky with all my dogs. They love car rides and never get car sick (knock on wood) and we went on a 6+ hour ride to L.A. and back.

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I've never experienced carsickness with our dogs...I just had to chime in to tell you I think your dog is really good looking...more pictures, please!!

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Scout is a big in the car. He would vomit multiple times on a 7 minute ride.

I am making good progress with him though. He was able to go on a 40 minute drive last week. I tried the following combination:
- not feeding him that morning at all (we drove at 9:15 AM)
- giving him 3/4 table of Bonine for motion sickness
- putting him in the new Lookout carseat I bought so he can see out the window and ride in plushy comfort
- and driving my sedan (instead of my bouncier SUV).

I also have him wear a baby bib and line my carseats with towels. I carry more towels, bibs, cloths, wet wipes and plastic bags with me.

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I can sympathize with the Car Sick thing believe me. Last Week My Wife and I took a late evening Car Ride when I got home from work because it was nice and cool out....well never again with Radar. He got sick a Grand Total of SIX TIMES. We think it was Motion sickness because Downtown Toronto Traffic is like any other Big City....Lot's of stop-and-go even on the best days and Radar, poor little thing was puking all over My Wife's Leg....she was soaked by the time we got him home and I had to stop all over the place and clean it up.

Radar seemed fine and was great right before we got him in the car. He really drank alot of water when got him home because of the dehydration I would assume. He got sick tonight right before I left for work as well....he's always eating something off the floor and I wouldn't doubt if My Wife had given him something. It really saddens me when they get sick and the cause is unknown.

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Hey Derek,
Wonder why Radar would start to vomit in the car? He is usually very good in the car, no? Hopefully it was a one time thing!
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