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Stitch   

I have a young large breed dog who suffers from terrible car sickness.  It is proving very difficult to take him anywhere in the car.  I especially want to continue to take him to training lessons but I end up with a drooling and vomiting dog.  I have taken him to the vet and managed to get the vet to provide a couple of Cerenia tablets.  It seems like travel sickness isn't something vets get too concerned about as I had to really push to get the Cerenia but if I can't take him out in the car without having vomit over the back seat he is going to miss out on a lot of socialising.  I have been feeding him in the morning and taking him out in the evening but that means I have to have a whole day of planning just to take him out.  I have to give him treats when we are at training so driving home without him vomiting is impossible.  Can anyone help?

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I guess you've tried ginger tablets /rescue remedy before/during travel/blocking windows so he can't see out /direct airflow onto him .....

May I suggest Acupressure? 

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My Springer pup was a car-puker, but immediately converted to head out of the window when it warmed up and I started rolling the windows down. If you haven't tried it... worth having a go

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Dogsfevr   

Many have great success with sealegs .
But it sounds like you need to go back to basics & work on activities whilst the car isn't moving & trying to minimize the stress/panic it would feel getting into the car & knowing what in store for it .
For some dogs the back of the car is loud,people have there stereo on,not all cars have air vents in the back ,the sounds of of swoosh swoosh going past & even the light in the eyes .
For some making it dark but still safe to drive a good start ,making sure you have fresh air a must .
I personally don't get car sick but when i sit in the back i experience things way different from being in the front especially air flow if the car doesn't have it .Maybe get a car fan to plug in that goes onto the dog .
Can you use a crate & cover it ??
Does the dog actually enjoy getting into the car

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Stitch   

I haven't tried human travel sickness tablets.  I asked Mr Google and he said I could give Dramamine but not absolutely sure on dosage.  I have certainly tried to desensitise the dog in the car by practicing getting in and out, feeding, etc. but it seems more like it is an actual travel sickness rather than being stressed about being in a car....but I will start doing that again. 

I don't have the stereo on, there is no one in the back, the car has air vents in the back and I have the air conditioning on and there is no swoosh swoosh sounds.  He is too big to put in a crate so he just has a safety harness.   Dogs here aren't allowed to put their heads out of the car window.  

Persephone I haven't tried ginger this time mainly because when I tried it in the past on other dogs I found it useless.  

Cerenia tablets work out to be over $5 per tablet which really isn't something I can afford long term.  Human travel sickness tablets would be better as long as I know they are safe and I get the dose right.

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If you are around other cars, your dog will hear the swoosh sounds of traffic.with ginger, did you give multiple doses?

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Diva   

 

I tried all the counter conditioning ideas and travel position ideas with mine but at the end of the day only Cerenia /sea legs helped relieve it, and only time cured it. They both out grew it by 7 months old. 2 different pups of different breeds some years apart.

 

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1 hour ago, FootprintsinSand said:

One of mine was car sick and nothing worked. She grew out of it by about twelve months. Good luck with yours.

Mine was about 12 months too... maybe she just grew out of it and it had nothing to do with head out the window. 

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Stitch   

Thanks for all your replies.  Sounds like it is... hopefully.... something that he will grow out of but in the meantime I guess I will have to fork out for the Cerenia.  I can't believe it is soooo expensive!

Diva, can you tell me the dose rate for SeaLegs please?

 

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Diva   

The most recent time I used one tablet,  which was a child’s dose. Can’t remember how many mg that was. It was a big breed puppy.

It’s off label use of course, so all the usual cautions. 

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Stitch   

Yes, off label and I will ask the vet too.  Thanks for that!

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