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post #11 of 16 (permalink) Old 05-15-2020, 10:01 AM
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Our Duke is now 7 months old and has had issues with car rides since we got him at 8 weeks. I don't think it's anxiety because he's super playful in the car, no shaking, and seems his general self. I think the motion just gets him sick. He drools a lot and will throw up if we're in the car for more than 1/2 hour, especially if we're starting and stopping a lot or going on twisty roads.

What has helped us is taking him out of a travel crate and holding him in the backseat, with his leash on, and the window partly open so he can look outside and get fresh air. We bring a toy to distract him and give him a treat every 10 minutes or so. This is not the safest option and I wouldn't recommend it for everyone, but it works for our trips to the vet and groomer. He absolutely hated being confined in a crate where he couldn't move around well, and I think this only exacerbated his nausea. But this also means I always need to have someone with me when I take him on car rides so they can hold him in the backseat.
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He drools a lot and will throw up if we're in the car for more than 1/2 hour,
I learned from the Vet that drooling can be caused by many things, but it is definitely a sign of nausea in canines.

Fortunately, we don't have this problem with Ricky. But when we are on twisty mountain roads he becomes very quiet and gets that "green" look in his face, but never drooling or vomiting. We find that rolling down the window a bit definitely perks him up. We don't put him in a crate in the car, he sits in the back seat with his chest harness hooked into the seatbelt.

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Our Duke is now 7 months old and has had issues with car rides since we got him at 8 weeks. I don't think it's anxiety because he's super playful in the car, no shaking, and seems his general self. I think the motion just gets him sick. He drools a lot and will throw up if we're in the car for more than 1/2 hour, especially if we're starting and stopping a lot or going on twisty roads.

What has helped us is taking him out of a travel crate and holding him in the backseat, with his leash on, and the window partly open so he can look outside and get fresh air. We bring a toy to distract him and give him a treat every 10 minutes or so. This is not the safest option and I wouldn't recommend it for everyone, but it works for our trips to the vet and groomer. He absolutely hated being confined in a crate where he couldn't move around well, and I think this only exacerbated his nausea. But this also means I always need to have someone with me when I take him on car rides so they can hold him in the backseat.
This is the setup that works for Mia, however I have her attached to my seatbelt so she is restrained somewhat although I know it is not the safest option. I think she hates being in a crate in the car because she threw up all over herself so many times while in it. My husband drives and I sit in the back with the dogs... Once we move to our new house in the country, we will not be driving that much with her. Most of our driving is going back and forth from there. Also wanted to add that when Mia was a puppy I used a mobile vet and mobile groomer to eliminate all stressful destinations. I think this helped.
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Wow, good luck with your baby!
We live in Costa Rica so our babies, both 12 yr (Hav and Mini Schnauzer) have traveled a good bit by car and plane.
Button would "always" get car sick. He was rescued from a terrible puppy mill at 6 mos and has always been this way. Cerenia (pill) helps but not always because he would still throw it up. He has a booster seat, which helped him be able to see out the window. Even on a plane, he has to sit in my lap and look out the window. He was not much for his own seat but has been fortunate enough to have had one on flights that were not full.
Our vet here in Costa Rica is about 1 hr away on a very windy road. He could give him a shot of Cerenia for the trip home and he would be fine so now he has now provided me with Cerenia liquid, so I can give him a shot before we leave home. This seems to work better for him.

Give Cerenia try and I hope it helps your baby.

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It's funny because Perry is perfectly fine on the plane (and we generally spend an average of 17+ hours on planes each trip) - though he has sometimes gotten a little "green around the gills" during layovers especially if we have to walk a long way between flights (I think all of that bouncing on my hip is what does it ). But he does still gets car sick. Cerenia mostly works for us (he does get drooly but doesn't vomit most of the time) - luckily he's not thrown the pill up (he does get it an hour or two before we travel so I think he's not anxious at that point yet) - but he has thrown up the bonine when we have tried that.

I have two soft carriers for him - his sherpa bag is for the car (as it's not lined so easier to clean) and his lined bag is for the plane. They're the same size when they're in "normal" mode - so the only difference I think is that he has gotten sick in his sherpa so often that he associates it with car travel/ getting sick.

I haven't tried a car harness yet (mostly because he's in taxis and rental cars when we're on the road and I don't want to deal with "maybe he'll vomit and maybe he won't" in a rental). I've tohught about getting a car seat but same issue, not totally useful for us at the moment.
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Even though our vet frowns on riding with window down, that is the thing that worked for us. It took a couple of years and a visit from my son, to insist Tux be able to look out an open window. That did it! He loved it.
If the window is down, he is fine. If we are headed for home, and window is up, the trembling goes away.
We went for coffee every day and Tux loved going for rides there. No trembling. Then the Wuhan virus hit and we went nowhere for two months. Even with a drive-thru, it just wasn't the same as Tux being able to visit his girlfriends who made the coffee and gave him a treat every day. We had our first trip the coffee shop a few days ago where we could sit outside and visit. Things are almost back to normal now. Tux is always eager to go. It just can't be in the direction of the vet.

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