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04-01-2014 05:31 PM
POWERSCOL Vet has me give Emma an over the counter motion sickness pill. it contains meclizine. Works well, especially for the long trips or vet trips, where sh is hyper afterward.

Check with you vet before using.
03-27-2014 10:00 PM
Momto2GSDs Dogs can be very different when it comes to car sickness.
If the Bach Flower Essence doesn't work for your dog, you can try a Homeopathic combination called Easy Travel. These are tiny granules that dissolve in your dogs mouth.

EasyTravel Solution? - Prevent Air and Car Sickness in Dogs and Cats Easy Travel Solution may be used on short car trips or longer journeys by air or train and is a gentle yet effective natural remedy, without side effects.
  • Suppresses queasiness associated with travel sickness
  • Maintains nervous system balance while in motion
  • Supports your pet’s digestive system during air, sea, or car travel
  • Helps make trips a pleasant experience for owners and pets alike
All Native Remedies homeopathic products and biochemic tissue salts are manufactured in an FDA and GMP registered pharmaceutical facility under the supervision of qualified homeopaths and responsible pharmacists. Individual ingredients are listed in the Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia of the United States (HPUS).
Zingiber (3X) is known for its long history of medicinal use in traditional Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine. Modern research confirms its effectiveness in supporting digestive system health and balance. Working mainly in the digestive tract, Zingiber maintains balance of digestive fluids and acids, making it an effective digestive remedy. Studies have shown the supportive properties of this herb for promoting a stable stomach.
Mentha pip (3X) is one of the most effective of the mint herbs, and has been used for centuries as a digestive aid. Modern research has also demonstrated its effectiveness. Mentha piperita is widely cultivated and recommended by naturopaths worldwide for healthy digestion. Peppermint has also been shown to support healthy digestion by calming the stomach in even the most sensitive stomachs.
Kali phos (6C) is a biochemic tissue salt which is very effective in supporting balance in the nervous system. It has many benefits, among them the relief of a common 'nervous stomach'.
Aconitum nap (30C) is a homeopathic remedy which is often used to support nervous system balance and soothe the nerves.
Cocculus (30C) is a homeopathic remedy well known for its ability to maintain comfort in the stomach and ears during traveling.
Wind flower (6C) is another homeopathic remedy commonly used to facilitate comfortable travel situations, particularly when there is an aversion to the enclosed space and a need for fresh air.

I give 1 dose about 20 before we leave, and then another dose 10 minutes later before you put your dog into the car. If your dog still seems sick about 10-15 minutes into the trip, give him/her another dose . You can repeat up to 6 times.

03-27-2014 08:48 PM
TigervTeMar mine grew out of it too. regularly go for short trips to somewhere fun like a park. for my guy literally one day he moaned and whined and the next he was jumping to get in when we walked past my car, I wasn't even planning on going for a ride. a very pleasant surprise
03-27-2014 08:20 PM
Daisy Mine grew out of it. Got her when she was about a year old and couldn't drive far at all. Then within the year she was over it. Hopefully your GSD will as well.
03-27-2014 06:00 PM
Cara Fusinato For a pup -- stick with it. They usually grow out of it. My Shay barfed often when young and his equilibrium kicked in and he grew up loving car travel. Crating with towels you can pull out and replace, not feeding before travel, allowing windows down some and vents blowing also helps a lot.

If it continues -- it's likely anxiety. My sheltie is horrible. She will throw up. She drools so bad we travel with a rain slicker on her. Rescue remedy, ginger, Benaryl, no help. She starts drooling if we head towards the car. The only thing I haven't tried that people suggest is a Thunder Shirt. She had a bad former life (puppy mill breeder) and she was taken to a groomers for nails & shaving or to the vet. Nothing else. It's really sad to watch. She loves being places for training, outtings, visiting family. She just hates getting there. It's really a challenge to return from training since treats are given and the tummy is not empty. We haven't thrown up in the last 6 trips and I count that a major triumph.

Don't stop taking the pup. Keep at it so he outgrows it. Take him lots of fun places so that the car means going someplace happy (not just the vet's and grooming and boarding and such).
03-27-2014 02:18 PM
RiverDan Baron used to get car sick. I think its not uncommon. For us, I started putting him on the front passenger floor board. I would use treats to get him there. (I think it made him think it was his decision) We also made the trips very short, with happy endings. Is. walks, hikes etc.
The car sickness went away. I truly believe he was so happy to go somewhere he forgot to vomit.
He now loves the truck.
03-27-2014 02:03 PM
Originally Posted by Liesje View Post
Many will grow out of it pretty quick.

Mine grew out of it, so if your pup is young, I wouldn't rob him of a car ride experience. And I also suggest waiting a while after eating if he is going to go for a car ride.

When Zeeva would get car sick she'd salivate like crazy and that's when I knew to bring out the baggie...

I wouldn't put a dog in the front seat though.
03-27-2014 01:57 PM
TigervTeMar not sure if this will help with motion sickness but you can give him something called 'rescue remedy'. i haven't tried it but I'm going to this weekend when we go on a 2-3 hr trip. it's supposed to help relax them, all herbal ingredients, so maybe with your guy if he's calm or napping he wont be sick.
03-27-2014 01:49 PM
Ellimaybel Thank you for your input
03-27-2014 01:27 PM
Liesje Use a crate with some old towels in it so movement is restricted and also contains the mess. I had a puppy for a while that would sometimes throw up if he'd eaten within an hour before going in the car and putting a towel over the crate helped, couldn't get motion sick from looking out the window. Many will grow out of it pretty quick.
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