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socializing car sick puppy

I just adopted (got free) a 15 week old pup from a owner who bought two brothers and after 3 weeks decided two was to much. He is a very good pup and although a bit shy or reserved is coming out of his shell. I'd like to get him out and about and meeting new people and all but he gets very car sick. As soon as I pick him up and put him in the car he starts drooling, followed buy throwing up. I take him for very short rides less then a mile to a local park and so far just drool no vomit. But a 30 minute trip to the vet resulted in vomiting on the way there and on the way back. He gets very stressed and doesn't even like to walk by the car. I have been feeding him by the car and he'll eat. I need to take him on a 2 hour trip one way friday and the vet gave me some meds. to help but he can't have them that often the meds. It can't be given two days in a row. Does any one know of any idea to help him not get sick on rides. Other then the car sick stuff he's been all but prefect. Well my form of perfect drivey land shark.

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I'd say you're doing a good job with the short trips and making the car a good place.

I'm sure there are some natural medications or I'd heard gravol works well if it's the children's version, it may be a phase or he may always need medication to help that are less potent and can be given more often

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I have the same issue, although not actual vomiting, but misery and nausea in the car. Here is something that helped me:

Car Sickness (Dog)
If your dog is miserable from a ride in the car, here are a few suggestions

1. One of the best herbs for nausea of any kind is ginger - be it a couple of ginger snap cookies ginger ale/beer, crystallized ginger, or a 500 mg capsule of the powder. Just give it about 30 minutes before any car trip. Good for people, too. Even for seasickness.Try powdered ginger root capsules. Ginger root does help calm the stomach. Ginger can be given in tea, too, if the animal prefers it. Ginger root raw is a little strong, and most animals don't like it. Scale down the human dosage for animals, and give a little before the car ride as well as during the trip if needed. You can buy Hofel's High Strength Ginger 'Pearles' (a fancy name for capsules!) for the dogs and their car sickness. Each capsule contains the same as 12grams of fresh ginger and you only need one per day, given about half an hour before traveling. They have found that it really does help in reducing salivation and nausea.

2. In Pat Colby's book - Natural Pet Care, under the heading Travel Sickness is says "In all species, (including humans) this is due to a vitamin B6 deficiency". Goes on to say "give half a teaspoon of ascorbate, one B complex and one B6, or half of each for a small dog (the two must always be given together). If it is to be a long journey, giving all the recommended vitamins on the feed the day before as well, and during the journey, would also be a good idea as it would guard against the extra stress"

3. Fenugreek, another herb, can be used just like ginger.

4. Rescue Remedy can be given just a few drops on a small treat. This is a Bach Flower Remedy. It tends to calm down an animal but doesn't make them dopey like drugs do. Give about 4 drops in the mouth or ears about 10-12 hours before starting the trip, repeating every four hours or as needed. You can also spritz the car with a dilution made with spring water. RR is absorbed anywhere through the skin, so even rubbing some RR in can help calm. RR can also be given in drinking water - dilution does not affect its efficacy.

5. Peppermint is wonderful for motion sickness. A drop or two of tincture of peppermint might help or try brewing some peppermint tea and giving the animal some cooled tea. This also calms the stomach.

6. Try giving a little raw honey before the car trip. It tends to calm the tummy. Repeat as necessary. (If your animal has a heart problem, however, do not give honey, as it tends to make animals retain fluid, which is not good in the case of heart patients)

7. Behavior. Start the dog (or cat) out by sitting in the car. After several times and the attitude is calm, try starting the car with the dog in it. Wait until the animal is comfortable with a running parked car before driving a short (and I mean SHORT, like down the driveway) distance. *Slowly* keep increasing the time spent in the moving car until the animal is more comfortable with being in a moving car. Spread the "training" out over several weeks for best results. Dosing with any of the 4 remedies above can help too. When in the car, keep your voice cheerful rather than soothing. This will help the animal see that there is nothing scary about being in the car.

8. Try the training on both a full and an empty stomach. Some animals need to eat before riding, some need an empty stomach.

9. When driving to a destination for the first time, make sure it is a fun place. Nothing will undo all your hardwork more quickly than the first visit being a vet clinic or some other "unfun" place. Go to the park or the beach or some other place your dog can look forward to.

10. Some doctors say that carsickness is from a lack of Vit B6, so try giving your dog extra B vits on the morning of the journey. Raw liver (fed the night before or that morning) has lots of B vits, and a human supplement can also be given in pill form. Please give a B complex vitamin rather than just one B vitamin, as they need to be balanced out for maximum effect.

11. Ask your homeopathic vet about perhaps trying one of the following homeopathic remedies (in about the 6th potency): Petroleum, Cocculus, Tabacum, Borax.
Always remember to secure your animal properly in the car. Loose in the back of a truck may look "cool", but your animal can be injured and perhaps killed this way. Crates tied or bolted down in the back of a truck or the back of a car is the safest route. Seatbelts for animals are also available. A simple downstay in the backseat may not be sufficient in preventing injury should an accident occur.
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Lakota used to get sick when she was a baby. I would just get in the car & go no where for a few days. Then do short trips around the block.
Schedule rides way before or after feeding. I have heard ginger snaps help nausa.
I have a dog that never got over his "dislike" of truck rides. He loves getting to the destination but will drool so bad I need a towel to dry his legs.

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Thanks for the ideas. I will try them all and see what works for him.
Some times i need to go and he needs to come. He likes the park just the the ride there.
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Now I want ginger snaps!


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I got a "back seat hammock" for my car because Maya used to get really car sick. The reason I got it was so that when she got sick it wouldn't get all over my seats. After I started using it though she stopped getting car sick! I think she felt more secure because it covers the the floor space, so she probably wasn't getting thrown around as much. It's also much safer because it keeps them securely in the back seat, and makes it harder for them to try to jump into the front with you.

Not sure if I'm allowed to post links or not, but here's the link to it on amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FOutward-Hound-Back-Hammock-Black%2Fdp%2FB000MD58MA&tag=5336432754-20&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325
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