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Any have a problem with a car sick pup?

I am new to this forum and I have done the intro post, I just thought I would check to see if anyone has a pup that gets really car sick like mine does. We drove an hour to our favorite beach which takes about an hour and Clementina vomited 4 times, the last two being mostly watery foam. I did not feed her anywhere close to the time we were getting ready to leave...Any advice?
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Perry at 3 still gets car sick. I keep looking for a med that works really well because none of the other advice about getting him comfortable with it has. What we do:
- No eating the day of travel. Even if he ate breakfast at 7 and we're traveling at 6pm he will still throw up food.
- Travel bag that is NOT lined with faux fur (too hard to clean) usually with a pee pad in it, not because he pees but because sometimes when he throws up if he hits the pee pad it will absorb most of the mess and make it easier to clean - so we use a sherpa bag for the car and then switch him to the fuzzy bag for the plane (we travel by plane long distance twice a year) -- he does not get sick on the plane only the car.
- Always travel with a couple plastic bags and a roll of paper towels (ideally also a pack of wet wipes or water or something though since he doesn't eat, it's usually just water/ bile vomit so you can clean it up with a paper towel)
- Meds. We're still working on what will work best. Talk with your vet. Ours recommended benadryl (didn't work at all), Dramamine (generic) - which worked ok but still had some vomit if he ate anything. We're now on Cerenia which is a bit of a pain for administering because I'm often not home 2 hours before we travel to give him 2 pills (my vet's instructions were a bit different than the websites - she said food 1 hour before the pills, the pills 2 hours before travel... the website says pills with food 2 hours before travel). We tried that for the first time in June and it seemed to work pretty well. Still some drool, but despite eating he didn't vomit it all up, so that's a definite improvement. AND I like that i can feed him because often the car ride is prior to long travel where he doesn't eat at all (airport layovers, between 16-19 hours on a plane, the drive home, etc), so it's nice to get some food into him. I'm still looking for something else though because some of the travel is almost impossible to do the food/ etc thing. For example, we get off the plane and then have to get in a car - and he throws up in the car... but trying to feed him and give him pills on the plane 2 hours before we get in the car does become a bit difficult.

Without meds he can generally travel up to 30 minutes (if he didn't eat) and then throws up outside the car when we stop instead of in his travel bag.
I haven't been able to try some of the suggestions like using a car seat to put him up higher so he can see out the window, etc because we're usually traveling in rental cars (to the airport).

If you search the site you'll find lots of posts on this though with other advice - doing short trips, working on the anxiety issues, that they sometimes outgrow this, car seats, etc.

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We give Luna Bonine, or the generic of it. It’s a non-drowsy motion sickness medicine. It has worked well when given an hour or two before travel and on an empty stomach. She usually still drools though and once she threw up some foamy liquid right when we got home, but this was after a vet visit with vaccinations, so she was probably stressed. It must taste bad, however, as she fishes it out of all treats we have used. I tried crushing into powder to hide it, and she ate it crushed in peanut butter and cheese, but it didn’t seem to last as long crushing it. Usually lasts all day, but seemed to wear off after a few hours when crushed it.
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I am new to this forum and I have done the intro post, I just thought I would check to see if anyone has a pup that gets really car sick like mine does. We drove an hour to our favorite beach which takes about an hour and Clementina vomited 4 times, the last two being mostly watery foam. I did not feed her anywhere close to the time we were getting ready to leave...Any advice?
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Shadow(just over 2 years old) gets sick after about a mile. I've tried raising him up to see out the window, not seeing out, windows open, windows shut, eating, not eating before a trip... you name it!
We've also tried Benedryl, Dramamine, Bonnine, Calming treats, Cerenia. Out of these, Bonnine works rarely. Sometimes it delays the vomiting til he gets out of the car. My vet has suggested a sedative but I am reluctant to try it because of the side effects. Our rides are under 30 minutes and he is not anxious. He tries to get into the car for rides and seems to enjoy them. The other things did not work at all.
I am giving up on even trying. Sadly.
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If you are going to try medications, avoid the "chewables" that are made for humans. They usually contain artificial sweetners that are not good for dogs.
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First of all thanks for all the ideas...I am first going to try the non-medicated ideas....second talk to my vet and than if it is still a problem work through the other choices! However I am pretty lucky living here in Merida as vets just come to your house and it's no extra charge...just like an office visit! All of Clementina's shots were at home...although she will have to go to the office for a spay in a few weeks.
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First of all thanks for all the ideas...I am first going to try the non-medicated ideas....second talk to my vet and than if it is still a problem work through the other choices! However I am pretty lucky living here in Merida as vets just come to your house and it's no extra charge...just like an office visit! All of Clementina's shots were at home...although she will have to go to the office for a spay in a few weeks.
We live in Kampala, Uganda and both his regular vet and our travel vet (who deals with all the travel papers) come to our house too. It's really convenient so we don't have to deal with the car sickness stuff on a regular basis - just when we travel.
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