Dog has Motion Sickness-Any Suggestions?

We luv for Dexter our 5 mo OES to go with us...... however the few times we've taken him, he has thrown up - ALOT.

Now I know that pulling his food prior to a trip makes sense..... but what about spontaneous trips????

Anybody have any suggestions???

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Daisy always threw up in the car when I first got her at 3 mos old - even if she hadn't eaten/ drunk recently, so I tried to keep papers under her during our frequent trip and kept cleaning up the car after our trips. She slowly got better (someone here suggested ginger snaps but Daisy wouldn't eat them) so she would only throw up on really curvy roads. Now (at 10 mos) it is rare for her to throw up in the car (we've made 3 road trips of 5 hrs each way in the last 3 wks).

Hopefully you're little one will improve with more riding as well.
I wonder if dogs can have meclizine which is the active ingredient in the non-drowsy formulas of Bonine and Dramamine for motion sickness. Maybe ginger tea? Anyone know?
I don't know...We had a bearded collie that threw up whenever she went in the car--could be around the block or an hour trip. she never improved. :roll:
You can try to desensitize him to the car. Start by just sitting in the car for a few minutes, then out. Then move up to having the car running while sitting in it for a few minutes, then out. And then gradaually work up to down the driveway, then out. Then down the road and back etc. etc. etc. over a period of a couple of weeks.
Some dogs like to go close to the floor, so if that is possible, it might be better for him.
I have also heard about a "wrap" that can be used to calm your dog, and relieve anxiety. One of our dogs used to drool terribly on car rides, and sometimes vomit. We wrapped a towel fairly tightly around her for a short few trips and it seemed to work. She doesn't drool anymore.
Strange as it seems........ginger snaps. Ginger is the active ingredient. People can take candied ginger or even ginger tea, but for dogs, snaps work best.......and I like them too.

sheepieboss (who also suffers from this malady.....I HAVE to drive. I don't fly because the pilots won't let me up front :lol: Let's not talk about merry-go-rounds)
Ginger is excellant for motion sickness. I gave them to brie when she was a baby as she threw up in the car with every trip. The ones I used were from a company called "blackmores" would give her 1 about 1/2 an hour before travelling in the car. Made for children too. Worked wonders only dosed her for about 2 months and eventually she grew out of it and did not need them anymore. Natural product for car sickness.
We have a station wagon and her being in the very back behind the dog grill/guard was more motion and swaying for her and she did not handle that too well as a baby, so these did the job, YAY no more cleaning up a smelly mess & dog when she was in the car :D
If the pup doesnt grow out of it..... Acepromazine prescribed by your vet.
We've been around the block with motion sickness/anxiety with our now 2 yr. old. My vet said that a puppy's tendency to have motion sickness is only for their young life and then it also turns into an anxiety. We've tried everything from ginger snaps, Rescue Remedy, Homeopathic Travel formula, Dramamine and even Acepromazine. None of these even put a dent into the sickness and didn't even make our boy settle down. The worst part of the trip is going around clover leafs and frequent speed up & stop traffic.

It definitely helps to take short frequent trips in the car and to associate the car with something good., ie. going to the dog park, etc. Some dogs won't outgrow this until the age of 3 or so. It was a bummer too for us because we wanted to bring him with us all of the time too. It's one of those things you may have to learn to live with. We always have plenty of trash bags, paper towels, bath towels & clean up supplies in the car at all time.

The thing that has help the most for us is that we added an older OES to our family that loves the car and I think that has helped the anxiety a lot. When we take car trips for over an hour, I give our boy a Benadryl and that takes the edge off. He hasn't vomitted in the car since last September, but he usually has diarrhea as soon as we let him out of the car. I'm just happy that he isn't barfing in the car! 8O

One other thing I've heard from people. If your dog likes the crate at home you may try putting them in the crate in the car. Besides, it being a great safety factor, the pup might feel more secure in the crate. Also the "focus on the horizon" rules of motion sickness doesn't apply to dogs either.
I have a pit-bull for a pet. No she is not mean she is the biggest baby I have ever had. She is a year and a half. I have tried everything about her car sickness and nothing seems to work. Does anyone have any natural remedies? My e-mail is I would appreciate the help. Oh by the way my name is Amber.
I agree with the ginger snaps. I give them to my puppy when travelling. We use the gluten free all natural ginger snaps but regular ones will do. You might want to try some of Bach's rescue remedy to calm him befoer a trip as well.
Our Vet actually told us to use Drammamine for our puppies motion sickness. We occassionally have a litter of pups and live in the North Georgia Mts. The roads to the vet involve almost an hour of twisting, turning, and hairpin curves. Even adults drool from the ride. And when going to the Atlanta airport it's even longer.

She advised us to medicate just as you would a child - using the back of the box and weight to determine. At eight weeks she would advise administering the pill one hour before leaving and NOT putting it with the food. Generally try to feed the dog at least 2 hours before giving the pill so it can absorb correctly. It doesn't work if given with the food.

Hope this helps. :roll:
We've only had Winston 4 months and, at age 2, he still throws up in the car. He's very happy to get into the car and seems to love to go places.
I was trading my car in anyway so I went ahead and go a Subaru Outback with a plastic liner in the back. Makes it much easier to clean up.
We've only taken him on short trips; I would get some medication if we were going far.
When our Beagle was still alive he had motion sickness as a younger dog. No matter the length of the car ride (could be 3 hours or 5 minutes) he would drool and throw up every time. Our vet also told us to use dramamine - dosing for a child. This worked well when we had no choice but to take him in the car... but often we would just leave him with family if we were gone overnights, or just home if we were going for the day.

He DID grow out of it around age 3. He never looked forward to riding in the car.. but no drooling or throwing up anymore. He just sat and looked around acting really pitiful for the whole ride.

With any luck your pup will grow out of it too.
I have to agree with much of what has been mentioned.

The 7 year old Neardie always gets sick on long trips, though she is great with short trips. After exhausting all the homeopathic remedies (in our experience, ginger snaps just gave her something in her stomach to throw-up) our vet suggested Dramamine. She is a rolly-polly girl of 70 lbs., and two seem to be the best dose for her.) Works great.

Betsy (now 5 months old) had raging car sickness. I took her on short trips to run errands, etc., as I knew I would be taking her for a 500 mile drive 6 weeks after I got her. She got sick on about half of those short trips and I learned a few things. It worked and she got her sea legs in the process. We drove over 1,500 miles in late November without a single car sickness issue. However, we drove 120 miles 10 days ago and she threw up twice.

Here is the difference:
1. Strong acceleration makes her sick. I do the slowest possible acceleration from a stop. Try to make stopping smooth and gradual. Slow down around curves.

2. The farther back in the car she rides, the greater the likelhood she is going to get sick. As an example, if she is riding in a 7 passenger vehicle, she does better if she is directly behind the front seats, rather than in the last row of seats or the very back of the SUV/van. My car-sick dogs all do better facing forward and uncrated.

3. Keep the car as cool as possible. On hilly/curvy roads when slowing down doesn't eliminate the gravity pull, open a window and get some fresh air in the car. Sometimes just the smell of fresh air is distraction enough.

4. Always travel with blankets and cover the seats where s/he will be riding. It is easy to pull the soiled blanket, replace it with another and have everyone more comfortable.

I am a sports car driver, living in Southern California. It is tough to drive slow here. But with the dogs in the car, I just slow down, stay in the right lane and pull over when traffic starts to build up behind me. The dogs and I arrive at our destination clean and happy!

Good luck.
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