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Old 01-18-2015, 06:53 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Yesterday we brought Willow to the vet for her boosters. She ate breakfast at 5:00 am and her appointment was at 11:50, it's a 20 minute drive . She threw up twice on the way there and twice on the way back. We felt so bad for her. We have her enrolled in a training class starting next week which is about a 20-25 min drive and are wondering if we are putting her through too much stress by subjecting her to the car. Is bringing her to a class worth it? Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
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Old 01-18-2015, 07:01 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Ask your vet for Cerenia and then she won't throw up
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Our vet mentioned it to us but here it is about $20 a dose, worth it if we need to go on a long trip but not for every time we put her in the car. She mentioned we could try natural ginger which may or may not work or gravol which would make her sleepy.
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It's 100% worth it if the puppy is not puking in the car. I gave it every time I had to go to training.

Putting him in the front seat helped as well.

Ginger did nothing.
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Same situation here. We had our first training class today. No food or water for hours before we left and he threw up on the way there. Training and lots of treats and we made it home without throwing up. Go figure, right?
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It's because they are tired and sleeping on the way home. they sleep thru the motion sickness.
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It's because they are tired and sleeping on the way home. they sleep thru the motion sickness.
This is pretty much what he did. we drive about an hour, he slept through half the ride, which as highway. He woke up when I started stopping at lights.
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For a different dog we also did the pill which worked great. You can also try having the dog crated in the car with a blanket over it so it can not see outside, that worked well for me and the dog as well.
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No food or water for hours before we left and he threw up on the way there. Training and lots of treats and we made it home without throwing up. Go figure, right?
Sometimes low blood sugar can make an upset stomach worse (I know from personal experience with both that and car sickness! haha!). My husky would sometimes throw up in the middle of the day because until he got older, he was only getting one meal a day in the afternoon/evening (huskies have weird metabolisms). If it seemed like he might get an upset stomach, giving him a little kibble or a couple hard cookies would settle it. So I know they always suggest you bring a hungry puppy to class, but I personally wouldn't hold off TOO much if the dog's getting car sick.

Oh and mint always seems to help me. Although, I can't imagine a puppy chewing Trident...
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I was looking at these...

https://www.calmingcollars.com
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