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Car Sick Puppy

Hello all!

I am new to this forum and have found all of your posts so helpful!

My puppy, Cooper, is 10 weeks and HATES the car. We keep him in his crate, but he cries and cries, and usually throws up at least once. Does anyone have any soothing suggestions? My sister is watching little Cooper tomorrow at her house while I go out for the day and I am dreading the 30 minute car ride to her house.

Thanks, Everyone!
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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 07-11-2008, 03:00 PM
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My best advice would be to keep it really "cold" in the car. Cool it off before you put him in the car.

I have heard a lot of "help" - one was give them a jelly bean??? I have never tried it or don't really know the reasoning behind it.lolololo

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I would recommend:
1. Look out car seat
2. Slightly roll down windows
3. Bonine (if your breeder and vet allow it)

Benji gets claustrophobic in the crate, he needs fresh air and needs to look out. I give him 1/2 tablet of Bonine 2 hours prior to a car ride. He needs to travel on empty stomach. The Look Out car seat definitely made it more comfortable for him.

I would also recommend short rides 5-10 minutes to get him used to it. I use Rescue Remedy spray for anxiety reduction for Lizzie. It helps her to calm down as she is by nature shy and nervous.

Good luck!

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Gryff is a barfer too. Could be worse. My cat I had before Gryff used to foam at the mouth, yowl, throw up, pee, have diarhea, and fart in the car. It was truly awful!

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You are likely going to have to try a lot of these suggestions and find out what works for you! I have one who drools when he gets anxious. If I have the crazy maltese in the car- I expect drool. What has helped me the most- is a simple baby bib (and to leave Belle home but that doesnt always work <BG>) Also a tired dog is usually a better dog. I also found what helped the most is short car rides where I stopped and gave cookies. Car rides are the best thing and you just have to show them that


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I know this won't help for tomorrow, but start with some very short trips and make it fun. Drive for 5-10 minutes and then get out and play at the park.
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Hi Patti,

Scout also gets very carsick in the car. He cannot ride in a plastic crate in the car. I agree with Poornima's suggestions - getting a carseat that will boost him high enough to see out the window may help. Also, Bonine, 1 to 1 1/2 hours before you get in the car. Scout has to have a completely empty stomach also, otherwise he will vomit for sure.

It is very gradually getting better - he is 20 mos. old now. I take lots of towels and wet wipes with me in the car, and line his carseat with a blanket. Sometimes I have him wear a bib too.

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Well, I have one that doesn't like a car seat. He likes to be on a blanket resting in the seat, or in his wire crate on the seat. He is not a "looking out the window dog" and the only time he has ever threw up is when he is in the carseat. I had one pet that I had to give a few treats to and a little Benadryl about an hour before I left home -- then she was fine. Ask you vet about meds to help -- and yes the short rides for a while work wonders.

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Thanks for the advice! Coop did great today. He had an empty tummy and I put the ac on full blast for a good five minutes before we got in. I placed him in a puppy tote bag and placed it on my lap. He yelped until we reached the highway and then he fell asleep!!!! Horray!
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We've been fortunate... Castro is great in the car; when we get into the car, he just lays by my feet, where the A/C blows and goes to sleep. If the top is down, he sits on my lap (or hubby's) and smells the air.

I think he is also getting used to it since he goes EVERYWHERE with us...
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