Dog Vomit

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    So the little guy isn't a fan of the car. He's barfed 9 times total on about 5 car trips. It seems to be nerves that get to him because the next day uh, the opposite end of him is a loose mess to clean up. We once got advice to take dogs on short trips (like to the bank or to get gas, stuff like that) so they associate the car with 'ooo, fun! look at the squirrel! mah head can too fit out the window, wweeee!' instead of 'car = vet = Baaad'.

    Do most dogs get over the whole vomit thing eventually? We took him to a park that is literally 5 minutes from our house and he was ok . . . drooling but no vomit. Took him to the pet store that is less than 10 minutes away and LOTS of drool but no vomit. Took him to a different pet store that is less than 10 minutes away and he vomed just as we pulled into the parking lot and again on the way home just as we pulled into the neighborhood.

    Any suggestions for this or is this just a wait-and-see proposition? Do lots of 5 minute rides and slowly make them longer?

    As an aside, the two of them are outside now (it finally stopped raining) and are playing tug-of-sockie. TOO freakin' cute!
     
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    None of my dogs vomit, but I have one who gets insanely excited and tries to lunge into the front seat, etc. For the first year I had her we went to training classes once a week, as well as some vet visits. Everytime we went in the car there was something extremely exciting at the end of the journey. Too exciting. On the way home she is calm, she knows we're heading home. She's almost eight years old now and still acts crazy when we go in the car, but is calm on the way home (exhausted maybe!).

    But if I were to work on this problem, I would take short runs where we just go around the block and come home. In other words, let her learn that it's not always something outrageously exciting at the end of a car trip. I don't bother working on it because I'm not one to take them in the car because I wouldn't want to leave them unattended if I was shopping or something. I'd be worried sick the whole time I was in the store. LOL

    This is only my opinion, but I think your idea of short 5 minute trips, even just around the block, sounds like a good way to work on this. Don't go longer than that for a while. Then gradually make the trips a little bit longer. Unless it is something physical, of course, if the movement of the car is making her sick...well, that's another matter.
     
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    When you plan a trip for your pet make sure that you limit the amount of fluid intake vs the heavier food intake. It is better that nothing is sloshing around. My cat loved alcoholic beverages (beer)... She'd get fanatical in the car... I learned early to not allow her to drink more than she ate. It is the same basic law with humans, I am sure...
     
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    Ohh from the title I thought this was another Rush Limbaugh thread.
     
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    yeah little pointy horns and tail.
     
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    Oh. I thought this was going to be a thread about Yidnar!
     
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    Our older dog, Penny (the white on in my avi) LOVES car rides! When we first got her from the spca she was also just 10 months old and wouldn't get in the car. I started with her with short trips -- going to the bank to get a dog treat was a great trip -- and she learned to love the rides and gets spazzy when you ask her if she wants to go for one. She has also barfed once or twice on a longer trip but mostly she just gets really excited. And just like your dog, she is much calmer on the ride home. Dogs are smart!

    Yeah, Dio hurled his dinner all over the floor of the car. On the ride home from the spca he didn't have anything left to come up, just liquid. :(

    I"m thinking the short, short rides too. The kids start school in two weeks and I give them a ride to the bus stop (about 1/4 mile away). I"ll start there and the close-by park. Hopefully he'll get over this whole puking thing!
     
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    You may try talking to a vet about some mild sedatives for traveling. There is "Ace", and a very small amount for your dog may help.
     
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    Supposedly ginger helps us mere humans re: motion sickness. Wonder if it would work with critters?
     
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