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Hi everyone,

I've got a doberman pup that's almost 6 months old now, and from the day I got her she's had pretty bad motion sickness in the car. She drools excessively and vomits.

My vet gave me a medication to help, (I can't recall the name at the moment) but now it seems to not be doing much for her. I'm not sure if its because she's put on weight and needs a higher dosage, or if she's just not responding to it as well anymore.

Does anyone else have experience with this sort of thing? Is it something she's likely to grow out of? I had been hoping to take her to some dog-friendly parks further away from my house, but if she can't go in the car it's just not possible.

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Ours got violently car sick when we first adopted her, she was about a year at the time. She would start drooling and shaking even before I could back the car out of the garage, and by the end of the block she was throwing up. Per our Vet we would give her Dramamine, which helped. We took her for short rides, and gradually increased the distance. It took a good three years to get her over it, but now she is pretty good in the car, not excited to be in it, but tolerates it.
 

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Drive slow & dont go fast around the corners, dog may have to go in the front, even tho they would usually go in the back, harnessed & seat belted in. You can get tether attachments. Put a bed in & try to reduce the amount your dog sways around in the car. Dont feed right before getting in. Make sure the air cons on if its hot. Calm music not loud. You can even practise just sitting in the car doing this & not driving & give treats to build a positive association.
 

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My puppy is 3 months old and she is very badly car sick. My nanna swears on gingernut biscuits to help reduce the nausea. It didn't work for my puppy. But then again nothing has. But it may work for you.
 

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What are the roads like where you live?

We had the same problem with our pup. We live in the mountains, and the road up to our place is pretty windy, he would get sick every time in the car, drool, cry etc. It was horrendous.

Then at 5 months old we had to take him to the big smoke for an operation, we drove down the valley, he was sick.... then we were on the motorway for two hours, no problem. On the way home, motorway again for two hours, no problems, and he hasn't been car sick since, not even on our local road.

Maybe take your pup on some long, straight, steady drives so she settles and gets used to it. I think with our boy the windy road coupled with severe anxiety caused the sickness.
 

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What are the roads like where you live?

We had the same problem with our pup. We live in the mountains, and the road up to our place is pretty windy, he would get sick every time in the car, drool, cry etc. It was horrendous.

Then at 5 months old we had to take him to the big smoke for an operation, we drove down the valley, he was sick.... then we were on the motorway for two hours, no problem. On the way home, motorway again for two hours, no problems, and he hasn't been car sick since, not even on our local road.

Maybe take your pup on some long, straight, steady drives so she settles and gets used to it. I think with our boy the windy road coupled with severe anxiety caused the sickness.
Honestly, it varies. Some are ok and then others are absolutely destroyed. I'm in MI.

Unfortunately for me it's all roads, whether its side streets that twist or the highway. I learned this on the way home from getting her... Three hours of violently sick puppy.



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My puppy is 3 months old and she is very badly car sick. My nanna swears on gingernut biscuits to help reduce the nausea. It didn't work for my puppy. But then again nothing has. But it may work for you.
I don't think this will work for me either, unfortunately. My pup would be vomiting up those biscuits in five hot seconds, lmao.

Your nanna is right though, ginger does work wonders on general nausea!

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