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Old 12-08-2015, 11:39 AM
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Puppy Gets Car Sick

We just got a now 7 month old puppy and it seems like he gets car sick. On multiple occasions he has thrown up while we were in the car. He seems to do okay for some short drives, but has thrown up on most of our drives that last more than about 20-30 minutes. This started the first day that we got him and has been going on now for nearly a month. Within that span, we took him to the vet for a check-up and to get fixed and they did blood tests and took a stool sample and everything came back normal. He does not act sick or throw up when he is not in the car.

Is this something that he will grow out of? Is there anything that we can do to help him and keep him from getting sick?
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My Rough Collie was notorious for getting sick in the car when he was younger; he eventually did grow out of it (he is two now) I just made sure not to feed him within an hour before leaving. I know our neighbor has a puppy that had stomach upset in the car for awhile, and she was given some stuff to relax her on longer rides. I can't remember what it was called though... But even that pup has gotten better in the car within the past couple months.
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We adopted Samantha when she was about a year old. We travel in a motorhome, and Samantha seemed the perfect travel companion. We quickly discovered she hated cars, didn't want to get in one, and was drooling a licking before we even got a block from home. Well here we are six years later, she will now get into a car, though I know its not her favorite thing, she now only occasionally gets car sick, maybe one in 10 trips, and she always warns us ahead of time. My wife holds a plastic bag up for her, she willingly puts her head in the bag and does what she needs to. We used to always give her a small dose of Dramamine, it does help. She, interestingly has never been sick in the motorhome, she seems to love riding in that, but its such a different experience than the car. We don't know anything about her first year of life, but we certainly think something unpleasant happened related to a car. So hang in there, in our experience it will get better over time, but in our case it really took a long time for her to improve. One thing you can do, is take him for frequent short rides to fun places for him, like a park. Don't let him associate getting in the car as meaning it always is a trip to the Vets. Oh and be careful about dosing that Dramamine. Our Vet worked with us, and we wound up giving Samantha, a 15 pound poodle/bishon mix 1 quarter of a Dramamine tablet. It made her tired, but if we stopped, she could always break through to walk and explore new places.
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Your vet will have a drug called Cerenia, originally designed just for this problem (and works VERY well), though now more often used for any vomiting problem in dogs and cats.
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We just got a now 7 month old puppy and it seems like he gets car sick. On multiple occasions he has thrown up while we were in the car. He seems to do okay for some short drives, but has thrown up on most of our drives that last more than about 20-30 minutes. This started the first day that we got him and has been going on now for nearly a month. Within that span, we took him to the vet for a check-up and to get fixed and they did blood tests and took a stool sample and everything came back normal. He does not act sick or throw up when he is not in the car.

Is this something that he will grow out of? Is there anything that we can do to help him and keep him from getting sick?
I've had my puppy a little over a month now & she's around 5-7 months also. Her first 3 car rides she was perfectly fine. After those 3 she would get sick on the way there & way back. She would be completely fine before getting in & after getting out. After investing (mine was like $15 at Walmart) in a car harness/"seatbelt" she no longer gets sick! with mine you can adjust it so they have a lot of slack on it which mine ended up preferring after trial & error or you can make it so there's no slack so they are more secure. HIGHLY recommend you try that route before meds
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