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    hi everyone i was just wondering if any of you guys have a dog that gets car sick everytime i have to put her in the car to take her for a check up she vomits and poops and pees everywhere i was just wondering if their is anything i can do that will make her relax i little bit could it be from stress

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    Hi jessie1990

    I like your subject line - because it's to the point.

    Is this the pregnant dog? I reckon that might have something to do with it, and you may need to line where you put her with a plastic tarp and a lot of newspaper. And carry some buckets and bottles of water and rags for cleanup.

    Some dogs do get car sick.

    1. Do not feed for at least four hours before the trip.
    2. Try to get them to do a pee and poop before you go. It helps if you have a command word for this ie every time you take the dog out for a 1&2 say the command word like "gobequick", or "PeePoo" or "5hitnapiss" or "TonyAbbott" - your choice of word.
    Do some laps around the back yard or usual favourite spots before you go.
    3. Cover the dogs eyes up so she can't see. Or put her in a crate or box and cover that up so she can't see out. If you have a spot that is big enough on the floor of the car (eg front passenger seat floor well, with the seat right back) put her box, tarp and newspaper in there.

    4. Try giving ginger eg one gingernut biscuit. Some people reckon ginger works - but I find - only if the car sickness is not too extreme. It seems like your dog's motion sickness is extreme.

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    Ziggy used to get car sick when she was a puppy, but she grew out of it as she got older.

    Does she only go in the car for checkups? Can you get her used to it by only going for a very short drive around the block once or twice a week?

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    As said,ginger is something to try. I have used it for long distances and it seemed to work a treat.

    However my dogs were also used to going short trips in the car ie;around town.As Tina said if you can try putting her in for very short stints gradually building up to a bit longer over time , dont rush her.
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    One of mine got terribly car sick till the age of 10 months. Now he is fine. I used to put him in a crate everytime we went in the car with lots of newspaper on the bottom.

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    there are tablets you can buy from the vet now called cerenia - they were developed for dogs that have problems with car sickness. However they are quite expensive - arent foolproof and probably arent safe for use in a pregnant dog. Anyway thought id let you know that they are out there!

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    My dog was car sick for a couple of years, until I heard about this. Take your dog to the car - no reaction - reward. Put your dog in the car -just sit for a minute, you in the front seat - dog in the back - no reaction - reward. Get in the car and start the motor - no reaction - reward. Move the car just a little way - no reaction - reward. You get the message - I don't know how many times I went up and down the driveway, before driving around the block. My dog now loves her car trips. We can drive for severall hundred kilometres. We take frequent breaks - play games on the way, but she is no longer a car sick dog.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hyacinth View Post
    Hi jessie1990

    I like your subject line - because it's to the point.

    Is this the pregnant dog? I reckon that might have something to do with it, and you may need to line where you put her with a plastic tarp and a lot of newspaper. And carry some buckets and bottles of water and rags for cleanup.

    Some dogs do get car sick.

    1. Do not feed for at least four hours before the trip.
    2. Try to get them to do a pee and poop before you go. It helps if you have a command word for this ie every time you take the dog out for a 1&2 say the command word like "gobequick", or "PeePoo" or "5hitnapiss" or "TonyAbbott" - your choice of word.
    Do some laps around the back yard or usual favourite spots before you go.
    3. Cover the dogs eyes up so she can't see. Or put her in a crate or box and cover that up so she can't see out. If you have a spot that is big enough on the floor of the car (eg front passenger seat floor well, with the seat right back) put her box, tarp and newspaper in there.

    4. Try giving ginger eg one gingernut biscuit. Some people reckon ginger works - but I find - only if the car sickness is not too extreme. It seems like your dog's motion sickness is extreme.

    i like this i mite use tony abbott its a good one but she has always been car sick the day i got her from the pound she peed and poopd and vomited every where

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    jessie1990

    She might have had a bad experience in the car too. So what Gold dog said about getting her accustomed to going places in the car or even just sitting in there would be worth a try too.

    I used to drive to the morning walk dog park - even though it was close enough to walk to, because that gave my dog some practice in the car. To start with she would hug the back seat, but now she can sit up and look out without getting sick.

    Also you can get something for the back seat called a "car hammock" that would make clean up easier.

    I also feed one meal in the evenings - less chance of getting it back if we have to travel somewhere during the day.

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