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    Does anyone here have first hand experience with using the thunder shirt?

    I have a dog who fizzes when we are going on a trip in the car - not short trips but long drives. She usually has a barf about half an hour into the drive and then shes generally ok. Wondered whether these shirts may ease her fizz a little?

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    Sorry for my ignorance but what do you mean by fizz?
    I have a Thundershirt for my dog Koda, i often use it to calm him when we have visitors over and it works really well. He is significantly calmer the second i put it on him. I'll always remember the first time i put it on him, it was at the pet shop... he was very nervous and shaky and the second i got the shirt on him, he stopped shaking and was suddenly a lot less nervous!
    It doesnt work the same for all dogs, but i'd definitely recommend giving it a go!

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    Thanks maddogdodge

    When I say "fizz" I mean anxious/excited, a bit like you have described your dog Koda

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    Quote Originally Posted by ranga View Post
    Thanks maddogdodge

    When I say "fizz" I mean anxious/excited, a bit like you have described your dog Koda
    In that case, i would definately recomend giving a Thundershirt a go! I've seen them work wonders on dogs who are exactly like your dog!

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    Ranga,

    YOur dogs "fizz" and barfing is caused by him being stressed in a situation he is not yet comfortable. Short term fix may be the Thunder SHirt and once you have one you could use for other stress situations. You may for instance find he is stressed by thunder storms.

    I would try giving him ginger and vitamen B tablets a half hour before you put him in the car. You can also try Bach's Rescue Remedy. Car sickness and fear of travelling in a car are shortlived stressors as dogs do get used to them reasonably quickly - some dogs quicker than others.
    Nev Allen
    Border River Pet Resort

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    lol, i remember when they where first teaching the method that shirt uses, everyone with a roll of bandage, and wrapping around the dog to help them feel more sure of there own body and where they are.
    like a permanent hug, guess we could all use one

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    'ranga' - when you say short trips - how long are they ?

    Also - what do you do different for longer trips that you don't do for the shorter trips ?

    I have found over the years of owning pups - that if a pup of mine was good to go on short trips - then I believed that with a bit of management - the pup could handle longer car rides. My pups over the years have had to put up with 8 hr plus car trips - no one sick - including me !

    I am not one for a quick and easy fix/solution - like drugs and the rest - I like the fact that I can manage what is/will happen !

    Riley goes on heaps of car rides - 2, 4, 10 hrs - never been sick. All I do is - he doesn't eat or drink at least an hour or so before we start the trip. Yes, he gets drinks of water when he needs it on the trip - but no food. He is fed twice a day - so all I do is arrange his meal times around the trip.

    Thunder Shirts are great - but would not be something I would use for your particular problem !


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    RileyJ, I have two toy poodles. One is ten years old and has outgrown the car sickness. The one with the problem is five, she was given to us when only one

    We regularly drive for eight hours to Brisbane, and the dogs know the difference between a car trip and a journey! We can't hide the fact we are packing bags - have tried but they live in the house with us

    This dog loves the car and jumps in at every opportunity, but when we are going away she gets excited and this causes her to get sick

    On the return journey ( from Brisbane) she doesn't worry at all and travels very well.

    We stop regularly for them to have wee breaks and water, and once settled both dogs travel well ... It's just the first leg that is an issue. It doesn't help that we live in an area which has windy roads in every direction.

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    'ranga' - Is this behaviour recent ? – if so – please - get the her checked by a vet and get guidance by your vet – before you start fiddling around with any drugs/concoctions for car sickness in dogs.

    As you have said there are winding roads you have to travel on in the first part of the trip - so again - as she is an older pup - I would get her checked out by a vet.

    If this behaviour has been going on for the 4 years that you have had the pup – then there is really no long term easy quick fix. Yes, drugs from the vet may help, but you really need to start de-sensitising your dog to the car and car trips and change the dog’s mindset from being sick and worried about the car trip – to seeing it as a fun time.

    This takes time and patience.

    A travel crate may also be useful.

    Have a look at a few threads from this forum about the topic you have raised:

    http://www.dogforum.com.au/dog-healt...-sickness.html

    http://www.dogforum.com.au/general-d...-car-sick.html

    http://www.dogforum.com.au/general-d...-sick-dog.html

    Also have a look at this link:
    01 Carsick Puppies - VeterinaryPartner.com - a VIN company!

    Another thing to look at is your attitude and stress levels when making this long trip on a regular basis! If it is all not all happy and cherry – then the dog will be feeding off this – and therefore is sick in the car on the way up. The reason no sickness in the car on the return trip could be – everyone is pleased to be going home - including the pup !

    Good Luck – hope you can find a solution to your problem - sick pups in cars is not fun – but especially for the pup !

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    Thank you Riley!
    She has been like this since we got her - as I mentioned she was about one year old then. She is as fit as a fiddle in every way and the vet has seen no evidence of a physical problem. She has no hesitation about getting in the car and is quite happy about the short trips, I'm sure it's a mixture of excitement and "the long and windy road". I simply thought the shirt may be a drug free way of alleviating the problem

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