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Old 05-09-2014, 04:50 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Puppy Gets Car Sick

Hello! New here to the forum and and a proud new owner of a 13 week old male German Shepherd named "Rolen". Looking for possible suggestion on how to help me with this problem.

Shortly after loading Rolen in the car after picking him up, he began to drool like crazy and ultimately threw up in the car. Ok, I was thinking no big deal. Then the following day coming home from the Vets office, same thing, he began drooling and then threw up. This has happened all 3 times he's been in the car. Curious about if anyone else has experienced this.

Could it because his ears are not fully developed yet and it's throwing off his equilibrium?

Today, I tried to walk him around the car to slowly introduce him to it, but he doesn't want to get very close now.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

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Old 05-09-2014, 06:12 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Did you talk to your vet about this? If not, maybe you should.
This is my opinion. It's common for dogs to get car sick/motion sick. It's not something they are generally used to. Your pup may also be nervous.
Both of my guys dislike car rides, I can look at their faces and tell that they are feeling nauseous.

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Old 05-09-2014, 06:42 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Spend short durations in the car without going anywhere. Make if fun, happy voice, treats etc. Work up to very short rides...a block and back, again making if fun. Pup should eventually get use to it and enjoy car rides. Take baby steps and don't do too much to fast.

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Old 05-09-2014, 07:32 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Ginger tea helps with motion sickness. My bird used to be sick in the car, and upon advice of a pet owner, I offered him ginger tea (ginger slices steeped in hot water, then cooled) about 30 mins before we hit the road. It worked, no more chunky bunkies. I also heard of feeding gingersnaps as well.

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Old 05-09-2014, 11:44 PM   #5 (permalink)
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My girl threw up her first few car rides while in her crate at 16 weeks. Now at 13 months, she's had no issues since the first few incidents. I believe they get used to it.
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Old 05-10-2014, 12:59 AM   #6 (permalink)
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thanks for the suggestions! I did speak with the vet and they told me that same thing. start small with putting them in the car. the next day back out the driveway. the following day go around the block etc.
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