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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.
Last edited by Melissa Brill; 07-09-2019 at 11:47 PM.