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Car sickness

My 15 week old gsd gets car sick. His vet said that he will either grow out of it or not. Is there a second option?


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ginger snap cookies help reduce nausea

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Don't feed it before the car ride. A good 12 hours.

They have nothing to throw up then.

When my female was young I just feed her in the evening after the driving.

The dog will get used to it.
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Puppies should be fed more than once a day. And my pup would get sick from an empty stomach. I agree, don't feed before you go, but a few hours previous should be ok.

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When we first brought Hero home, he had some serious belly trouble, Giardia among other things.. so we were at the vet weekly if not more. EVEY SINGLE TIME he got in the car he would pant and just insane amounts of droll came out of this up. after about 10 minutes he would vomit. without fail he would always miss the blanketsheet we laid out for him to do the intended puking. Once we got his medical stuff fixed hegrew out of it. He still has a SUPER sensative stomach so we have to be really careful what we feed but the vomit thing is done and he rides in the car weekly.


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Car sickness

I'm not sure if they get used to the car rides or not but mine would throw up occasionally. She is 9 months now and she didn't throw up for a while. Don't feed before you go for a ride not even a treat. It also helps to keep the dog in the back seat where she can lay down verses sitting in the front and jumping up and down when you push on brakes.


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My pup used to throw up every time she was in the car - she did outgrow it

Ginger snaps or ginger beer is great for human nausea too
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when my dog was a pup i use to feed him in the car. sometimes
the car was running sometimes it wasn't. i use to back up and down
the driveway. many times we sat in the car. i used that time to teach
him to stay in the hatch area or my chidren would say "the way back".
in the begining rides were very short. i drove 3 minutes in direction
and turned arounded came home. 3 minutes became 5 minutes,
5 minutes became 10 minutes and so on. we car trained many times throughout the day.
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In my experience the more you drive around with your pups, the less likely they will get car sick as they grow older. They get very used to going everywhere with you, and any car sick issues generally fade.

Start off with short trips (mine always went on the school run with me everyday from the moment we brought them home) Roll down the window for a bit of fresh air if you're worried they might be getting a bit "green". Both our GSDs travel in the boot of our car (it's not enclosed. Our car is a VW Touran.)

The roads out here tend to be really windy and bumpy, especially in the Western part of the country. Whenever we are travelling for more than 2 hours by car, I buy Motion Sickness tablets for our dogs from the local petshop. The ones I get are herbal ones and I give them to the dogs about an hour before we go on any very long trips. I don't actually think the dogs really need them, but I do it just in case. I've never had any puke accidents in my car as of yet.

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