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Ok, I decide to take the pooches out for a ride in the Southwind today. The good news? Perle did OK. The bad news? Perle was the only one who did OK. The others got motion sickness, BAD
. Sable and Hannah were both projectile vomiting, and Jazzy was greener than Astro turf. I am at a loss, all of them are great car travelers, why would the motorhome upset them so
??? Thankfully, I took their beds, so I only have to clean them. I just feel so bad now, Hannah and Sable were too sick too eat afterwards. I am going to park in the driveway, and in a couple days, I will try a short drive again.
 

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If I had to guess Id say it was because they couldnt see out the windows. When riding in a car they can see all around and it helps to keep the stomach settled. Riding in the motor home all they see is the walls and the movment as you drive makes them car sick, or sea sick if you will.

If a person is riding on a boat in somewhat rough seas and they stay on deck and watch the horizon Their mind has something still to concentrate on and its helps them from becoming sick. If that same person goes below and say sits on the couch then he has nothing but the rolling walls to look at, and he will become sick.

That would explain why they all got sick when otherwise riding in the car they do fine.

I spent a lot of time on boats in the gulf of mexico, Ive seen my therory I just explained play on many occasions. Im bettin if it works like that for humans, dogs would be effected the same way.

You could test that to see if its true. Next time you go on a drive let one dog sit in the passenger set so he can look out the windows, I bet the others will get sick and he will be just fine.
 

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I think you hit the nail on the head. To them, it would be like being in a house during a perpetual earthquake. Acclimation is probably the key, I am thinking.
 

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Originally Posted By: flyinghayden like being in a house during a perpetual earthquake.
I had to giggle at this. I think my cats would agree this is EXACTLY how they feel about riding in the car!!
 

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So maybe that's why Palla insist on having the window seat. Makes sense. She is shorter then the other girls. Thanks Butch!
 

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Poor babies. Everytime I have ridden in a motorhome, I have wanted to toss my cookies too....


We have a fifth wheel, and when we travel, we have to put our cats in it (except for Campin-Sam...he rides shotgun in the truck with us). A couple of our cats sometimes get car sick.

Could you have the vet to prescribe something to take the edge off their motion sickness while you work to get them acclimated to it, so they don't view riding in the Southwind as a negative experience?
 

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Poor Babies.. Lady symphathizes. We have a Mini-Motor home Class C. The drivers seat has a step down from the main floor of the living quarters so anyone sitting up in the dining lounge area has a big picture window view of the world. Smokey Mutt likes to ride shotgun between my DH and I and watch the world go by. He never gets sick , but my GSD Lady has delicate tummy and gets sick in cars if there is too much motion. We give her a couple of Ginger Cookies before riding and make sure her crate faces the front windshield with the view. She does fine as long as she can see. Both dogs fall asleep after about 15 miles of riding and sleep until we slow down or stop. They love the mobile doghouse!
 
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