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Today I took Millie and Bazel to the vet . Millie doesn't like traveling in the car , I put her in a cat carry cage for traveling and she whinges for quite a bit. After I while I thought she is quiet and looked at her and was horrified to see a load of drool coming down her mouth and noticed she had been sick in the cage. She had drool all over the newspaper that was in the cage all over her legs and it she continued all the way there.
I was a bit panicked thinking that was a lot of fluid coming out . I got to the vet and he said it was just car sickness.
I asked the vet will she always have car sickness and he said no not necessarily she has it for now at this age but it may not always be the case.
He advised me to get her used to the car by going on short trips.
On the way home the drooling started almost as soon as she got in the car and continued all the way home a 1/2 hour journey. We have no vets close.
She has been to the vet before for an earlier shot , our dogs are now going into kennels later in the year. She wasn't sick that journey or the 2 other journeys she has been on.
It was distressing she has to go back in a month for another shot for kennel cough and I am wondering by then if she will be too big for the cat cage. I have made the appointment for after school so the kids can come and help. I am hoping she isn't sick.
The thought of taking her for the short drives as the vet said doesn't appeal as she really whinges and hates the car and I am freaking out about the sickness. I should follow the advice I guess I am a bit hesitant about it all.
She was fine after but it was freaky seeing so much fluid coming out of her.
Advice, ideas ?
 

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Kali drools while in the car for 20-30 minutes. When I say drools, I mean a bucket full. It starts literally the second she steps in the car. By the time I shut the door and come around to the driver's side and get it, its started. If she eats within an hour of leaving, she gets sick.

Check with your vet and see what dose of Dramamine she can take. It might help.

Now Summer, she just gets in, lays down and enjoys the ride.
 

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Molly did this her entire life. She would drool buckets. Any time we took her anywhere we made sure to have extra towels and a change of clothes. If we crated her, she would throw up all over it. If we let her sit in a lap, she wouldn't usually throw up. Our vet thought she may grow out of it, but she never did. We also were suggested Dramamine, but never got any. We actually found two solutions. One, if we traveled at night, she would just sleep without getting sick. I think it had to do with not being able to see out of the windows...
The second is a bit more odd... We found that if we gave her a potato chip every now and then she would sit patiently on a lap. We were eating lunch as we drove on day and figured that out. She wanted a chip and was focused on that. So after that I always kept a snack size bag of Ruffles in my glove box. Our vet thought this was slightly humorous.
 

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Well, I can speak from experience on this one! Roscoe started getting car sick out of no where last year and has since not gotten any better at all. The drooling, foaming, throwing up, and sometimes #2 in the back of the car have become a normal part of our car rides. We don't take him on many rides anymore b/c it is just to sad to watch, don't want to stress him out unnecessarily.
We spoke to the vet, tried motion sickness pills, herbal calming remedies, short rides, fun times in the car without moving and nothing has helped. Just seems he is going to be carsick forever, sadly.
However, one time last year we had to take him on a 5 hour trip with us and much to our surprise he was FINE!!! It was almost like he knew he was in for the long haul and he slept most of the ride.
The potato chip story made me laugh b/c we stopped at a rest area and got burgers and Roscoe was all over it!! LOL
So, be patient, it may wear off, try to make the car rides pleasant (not only trips to the vet), put favorite toys in, etc. And MAYBE it will work.
Best of luck!
 

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Both of mine do the same thing. Drool, puke and poop on car rides. I have found one thing that Maggie likes and its to chew on a bone or flossie. Its probably on the same as the potatoe chip and she's fixated on the bone, not the ride.
They have gotten a little better with age.
 

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Yup, been there alots of times before. Somebody here(sorry I can't remember who it was
) suggested to get him some calming pills that I bought at a pet store. It seemed to help but made him very groggy. I only use for long car rides and for short ones, I usually have someone sit with him to comfort him.
 

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My friend uses some kind of herbal capsule for her dog's motion sickness. I don't think she would use this one if it made her dog drowsy because they compete in agility and her dog often has to be ready to compete soon after they arrive. My friend is on vacation right now but I will try to ask her the name of the medicine.
As a person who gets carsick almost everytime I travel (sometimes even short distances), I can tell you that one thing that helps settle my stomach is salt, maybe that's why the chips help. The other thing, suggested by my daughter's doctor is ginger. You can use ginger snaps made with real ginger, ginger capsules(health food store) or ginger root extract.
You might want to check with your vet. I have never heard that ginger isn't safe for dogs but you never know.
 

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Thank you all for your stories and suggestions. I just had a quick read of them and will read them all again later.
Glad well not really I am not the only one, the drooling part spooked me right out.
Not sure I am game at her age to try and medications or herbal treatments as she is only 4 months see how things go.
Thanks again.
 

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We've been lucky enough not to have this problem with the puppies. I've read that it's a really good idea to get them in the car often and driving them to pleasant places, so they don't always associate a car ride with scary things...
 

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Originally Posted By: Quinn&GraysonWe've been lucky enough not to have this problem with the puppies. I've read that it's a really good idea to get them in the car often and driving them to pleasant places, so they don't always associate a car ride with scary things...
Thank you Quinn & Grayson
 

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Molly got car sick for about the first year we had her. We have been learning to avoid giving her any meds or food close to the ride time. She is fine now. My first beagle was the same way until he was about 6 months old.
 

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Best of luck!


I've also read that it's a really good idea to keep them occupied while on the trip (like the chip idea). Kongs and peanut butter are great for road trips because they give something for the dog to focus on.

So far, Quinn and Grayson LOVE being in the car when they don't have to be in their crates. Quinn practically tried to climb out the window today, and Grayson watched out the windshield from the center console. I think having each other helps that a good deal, too.... Our puppies have already made 7 hour road trips, and every week, they go with us to hang out with friends. We also take them to Petco with us. For all they know, being in the car means seeing lots of new people. hehe
 

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Thanks Molly's Mom and Quinn & Grayson
 

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I am very lucky with Rocky, he is an awesome traveller...got sick a wee bit the first time we took him to the vet, but that was it! His first big ride was in a crate, 3-4 hours to get here when he was 7 weeks old.

Now, our previous dog Indy, well that was another story! He was sick every time he went for a car ride. He did drool, but not too much...We soon learned to not feed him the day we travelled, and we packed bags and paper towels! He still got sick, but it was obviously less. We also kept him in a small space where he could curl up and not see out the window, that seemed to help him. Now, mind you, we got him at a year old, he was seized for abuse from his previous home, so I doubt he had ever been taken anywhere!
 

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Originally Posted By: Rocky is our boyI am very lucky with Rocky, he is an awesome traveller...got sick a wee bit the first time we took him to the vet, but that was it! His first big ride was in a crate, 3-4 hours to get here when he was 7 weeks old.

Now, our previous dog Indy, well that was another story! He was sick every time he went for a car ride. He did drool, but not too much...We soon learned to not feed him the day we travelled, and we packed bags and paper towels! He still got sick, but it was obviously less. We also kept him in a small space where he could curl up and not see out the window, that seemed to help him. Now, mind you, we got him at a year old, he was seized for abuse from his previous home, so I doubt he had ever been taken anywhere!
Thank you for that.
 

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My Ginger used to get all drooly after about 15 min in the car then she would puke after about 20 min. Knowing that my family likes to go on roadtrip, I knew I had to start getting her used to car rides. I've been taking her on very short roadtrips to her favorite store, Petsmart, and to visit friends and family as often as I could. Now, a couple of weeks later, she doesnt get carsick anymore.

I haven't tested Ginger on long car rides yet but our 30 min car rides have been quite pleasant. I hope I can keep this up
 

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Oh we are champions at car sickness. Blue has been this way since the first day he came to live with us and that was a 4 hour car ride home. We are finally down to just drool unless he has way too much to eat and gets too excited.

We have found that keeping him busy in the car works wonders. We use a chicken jerky or on special occasions he gets chicken nuggets. I know, too much salt but I would rather deal with a little bloat than the vomit. On a long car ride, it usually take about 30 minutes and he will nest in the back seat and ride like a trooper. We have come to be used to the drool, it starts as soon as the garage door opens and ends about 10 minutes after we get out of the car. We did find that being in a kennel or confined space was not a good thing. We bought a cover for the back seat of the SUV and he has the whole seat to himself. Of course, there is only the three of us in the family so this works for us. In the front seat of Greg's truck, he has the whole seat to himself and doesn't seem to mind the ride as much as he does in my car.

I wish you luck with this, I feel for you after two years with Drooly Buckets!!!!
 
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