When my miniature schnauzer was younger he would ride in the car with no problems. Now at 7 months I can't take him anywhere without him puking AND pooping in my car. He does both every time we ride. I now have to keep an old blanket on the back seat and wash it after I get home. He even pooped in my cousin's SUV.
I don't take him with me much anymore, just to the vet and the groomer. Is there a way to get him over this or could it be permanent? If I take him somewhere on an empty stomach he just dry heaves and nothing comes out, but he still poops. He's not doing this on purpose...it seems to just happen for some reason and then he tries to get away from it.
***Edited By: yavin02 on 12/1/2004 7:30:07 AM*** Reason: sp
My Dalmatian couldn't ride to the corner and back without throwing up when we first got her. Since my dogs are part of my family, they go almost everywhere with me. We used a lot of paper towels in the first year.
For some reason she seemed to grow out of it, about a year after I got her.
I can't imagine what the trip from Florida to Michigan was like for her original owners, if she couldn't even ride around the block without getting sick.
You may want to ask your vet about this, they could give you suggestions.
Reese had car sickness really bad from the first day we brought him home. After the first year he wasn't so much sick, but the sickness turned into a phobia. All he had to do was sit in the truck and he would start drooling and shaking. That was before we ever pulled out of the driveway.
Now, 2 yrs. later, he still has a little bit of phobia, but he doesn't get sick. He just pants really hard. So in time I think he's coming out of it. Thank goodness he didn't poop in the truck. But then Reese has a poop phobia, too. He doesn't poop anywhere but in HIS yard. I kenneled him for 3 days and he didn't poop at all until I got him home. Needless to say he was a little on the constipated side.
Toby started getting sick in the car too. When I first got him, he was fine. He is 11 months old now and for the past few months, he pukes everytime. First the drool starts, then he gets real quiet and still. Then he pukes. He seems to feel better if he can hang his head out the window, but now it is winter and too cold for that. I think if he can see out of the window it doesn't make him as sick, but he is so little he can barely reach the window.
My Cocker did that when she was young. The vet said he could give me some meds but I didn't want to do that.
Poor girl had the shakes so bad. One day I put all the dogs in the car at the same time and we all went for a ride. After that, I guess she realized it wasn't so bad if the other dogs didn't mind it. She never did it again.
He isn't getting hot because I always use the air condition (in the summer anyway). I think he has a problem with leaving his territory and gets nervous. He's never left the back yard on his own, not even when the neighborhood kids are playing a few houses down. He's never even ventured into the front yard.
Maybe he needs puppy Valium? lol The groomer said he pooped on her floor after I left last week. He never does anything like that at home. I hope it's just a phase.
Rescue Remedy is great stuff- a few drops on a dog's tongue, or on a treat- can help them calm down. It's a natural product made from Bach Flowers- and can be found in health food stores.
Ginger is great, too- in almost any form. It eases an upset belly very well.
Conditioning is very important- the last thing you want to do is teach a dog that a car ride means "the VET". Take him on fun rides, too! A ride to the park- a friend's house- to the petstore for a walk around- even occasionally.. through a drive-thru to pick up a plain burger. :)
And some medical types claim that carsickness is due to a lack of vitamin B6... they recommend that people or animals who experience motion sickness take a supplement or eat B6 rich foods (like liver) before a trip.
There's even a device that attaches to the outside of your car- and claims to moderate motion illness.
I've never experienced it myself- or with my dogs. But I've heard that all of these methods worked for different people. :)