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Started 2/10/19 by Nan (NanDee); 686 views.

Hi mine is mixed terrier. Millie gets car sick only. I wonder if anyone has advice :)



From: SheGrowls


Hi there.

This is Néroli, my 8 months old Cane Corso baby girl.  She is currently in training school and growing like a turbo powered weed.  Néroli is my PTSD service dog and PTSD related Tachycardia medical alert dog.  


From: PennyCC


I have had several dogs that get car sick. If Millie is young, she might grow out of it. Make sure you don't feed her near the time she is going for a car ride. Try to make the car ride a smooth experience. My husband likes to drive fast around the curves. We have several discussions about him doing that.

Make the car trips short at first and she how long she can go before she starts to get car sick.

There are homeopathic solutions like Rescue Remedy that may or may not help.

Now my dog Dakota curls up in his car seat and can tolerate short car trips if it is a smooth ride.


Well I'm glad. Funny you sound like my dear departed about slowing down lol And she never bought my explanation:

"This is California honey, I don't go fast and we will get rear ended" Lol

Have been doing those things short drives. It was exactly and every 2 miles! Since discovering the excitement of the breeze in her hair things got better. Trying to let her get her sea legs while heads out thy he window. 2 trips went a little longer with no sickness so we are getting there. Last was to get her booster shots and they gave her treats that ended up in my lap! 

Also I can wait 5-6 hours until she is crying with hunger and she still lets chunks go. I'm thinking digestive? Super hyper as all puppies are. She is a love but I need her to travel I am so far from family.


From: PennyCC


It is hard to figure out how to get a dog to travel well in a car if they are not so inclined. Puppies will get better as they age. So your dog will get better.

I use Prozyme digestive enzymes in my dogs canned food. It helps them digest their food better. I have a poodle who is prone to throwing up a lot. Digestive aids do not eliminate the problem but I think it makes it better (throws up less and is easier to clean).

I try to protecti the dog seat with towels, put a rubber backed rug on the car seat and having clean-up supplies in the car.  Waterless shampoo to clean up the dog on the road.

You can ask your vet for some drugs that might help, but ask about side effects if you decide to go that route.

I live in central Illinois and whenever we have to drive on the highways around Chicago, I do believe the "California guidelines" you mentioned are necessary. You do have to keep up with the speed of traffic. However, I think it is harder for my dogs to endure curvy side streets than fast highway traffic.

Good luck with you endeavor to make your dog a traveling pooch.

Dakota, the running, jumping, sometimes traveling poodle

Hi thank you. Millie doesn't get sick anywhere else and still loves to go bye bye anyway. I've tried to wait 4 or 5 hours after meals and notice she is still throwing up chunks! So yes thinking digestive issues and car sickness. She goes to the vet on Thurs. to be spayed and chipped so I will ask about digestive aids. I have never been car sick but watching others get sick at sea makes me think a big part is getting the legs to maintain balance and avoiding sudden motion. I have towels on my seat and on me just in case lol. Clean up supplies, even baby wipes ha! She is getting better but my van is not! I change the towels, wipe things down. It's upsetting but I don't make any kind of an issue about it and tell her it's ok. I'll disconnect the battery and power wash the interior lol Get nice seat covers and motor on :)

Thought of leashing her in the back and letting her get her legs and mind into the ride! She will learn how the car moves and brace herself ahead of time. But I'm on the edge of thinking it's cruel with no windows. I would put a 12v camping fan on her. I don't know she's a puppy and may just grow out of it.

Thanks again for the tips :)

Dakota is beautiful


From: PennyCC


Do you crate her in the car?  That is what we have done for our puppies and it helps to contain the mess if they throw up.  Once they get older, we put a halter on the dog and then connect to the safety belt in the back seat.

Maybe your vet can give you advice.

I'm going to ask the vet this week. I have a van and could leash her in where I can hose out the mess. But no windows or good air flow. I bet she gets mad she can't have her hair in the breeze :)


From: PennyCC


Have you thought about a wire crate instead? Then you could roll the windows down and she can settle easier. It might help with the cleaning afterwards also.

Here is our poodle Dakota when we picked him up in Minnesota and drove home to Illinois.  We used this crate for him until he grew too big for it. He was tired that day and slept the entire trip home.

Thanks that is a good idea! As long as she doesn't cry lol

Poor baby was thru it at the vet today. Fixed and chipped, dna test, most covered by the puppy plan but some extra cost because I did't get her in before her first heat. She was a 6 lb ball of fur 1 1/2 moths ago. I had no idea she was this old? Poor thing I feel so guilty :(