hello all! i was wondering if any of your dogs experience car sickness. Fred(6 mo old Maltese) got car sick a couple of times when i first got him about 3 months ago.but it stopped. Last weekend i took him to my sisters house- she lives about 1/2 hour away and he got car sick on the way there and on the way back. the car doesn't seem to bother him when we take shorter trips.
i was wondering if there is anything i can do to help him. i feel bad not taking him with me because it means that he'll have to be by himself for the day. but i don't want him to get sick either by taking him with me.
i have him in his crate in the backseat with his blanket when we go in the car.
My maltese, Chandler, also used to get sick in the car.
I, myself, get carsick if not driving so I knew how miserable he felt. The key to not getting sick is to look out the window at the horizon as opposed to not being able to see. I would never even dare lay down in the car - instant vomit!
Anyway, I got Chan a carseat (they sell them online at Petco) equipped with a harness so he is safe. Bingo - it worked like a charm! He's high enough to see out the window and he almost always looks straight ahead at the road.
Duke my pit gets car sick so I dont feed or water him before his hour long trip to the vet and he just curls up in his crate and passes gas. It beats the throw-up. So he never goes bye-bye unles its absolutely a must or we feel froggy enough to load him up to take bank fishing. But if you free feed that maybe hard to do.
* I have to add I grew up with a German shep. named Fred and your name brought back memories!(grinning)
***Edited By: duchess on 5/7/2006 7:57:06 PM*** Reason: add
I use 25 mg meclizine, available over the counter at a human pharmacy. Give one tablet the night before a trip and another about an hour before you leave. I show beagles and this has been particularly helpful when taking young dogs out for the first time. Most seem to outgrow carsickness eventually but this is a safe, effective and inexpensive solution until they do.
We had a shep mix foster puppy a while back that used to ALWAYS get car sick no matter how short the ride. A couple adopted both her & her littermate and the one still gets car sick ALL the time and the other only sometimes and theyre 3yrs old!