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    My beagle gets horribly motion sick. She likes going in the car, but sadly gets very ill, even after a short journey. We have tried to slowly introduce her by only going short distances with the aim of gradually making them longer, but everytime we spend more than 5 minutes or so in the car she gets sick.

    Does anyone have any suggestions??

    We are actually planning on moving house in the next month, which means a flight for poor Maddie. I'm really concerned about how she'll go.

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    Re: Motion sickness

    I had a collie mix with the same problem. It was torture for him to stay home, torture to ride in the car. He would drool by the pint the instant we started moving, but wouldn't lose lunch until we stopped. I figured out we had about a 6-second grace period to get the car door open or plan a sudden trip to the car wash.

    We never figured it out. We decided to find him a good home (we were in England) rather than subject him to the plane ride. It killed me to give Ken away, but the lady that took him wrote us regularly the first year telling us of his adventures, meeting his new cousins, etc. It helped.

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    Re: Motion sickness

    Quote Originally Posted by PurpleChicken
    My beagle gets horribly motion sick. She likes going in the car, but sadly gets very ill, even after a short journey. We have tried to slowly introduce her by only going short distances with the aim of gradually making them longer, but everytime we spend more than 5 minutes or so in the car she gets sick.

    Does anyone have any suggestions??

    We are actually planning on moving house in the next month, which means a flight for poor Maddie. I'm really concerned about how she'll go.
    If you are patient I bet Val will have some good advise for you, she is our resident Dogmaster hehehehe
    I have only heard putting pooch on a 24 hour fast before the trip, but of course pooch needs water. But with water they still get ill. So not sure what is out there for a solution.
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    Re: Motion sickness

    I had a friend who had this problem with her dog...actually with both dogs...she named one dog "Barf" and one dog "Ralph". Sadly, I don't have any suggestions for you though.

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    Re: Motion sickness

    Hi PC!! Fasting the dog might help for the flight but unfortunately, the dog
    can vomit quite a lot of bile.

    You were on the right track with the short trips, I'd back it up a notch and
    take your pooch out to the car with no intention of going anywhere. Just sit.
    Lots of praise and dog "biscuits", happy talk. Keep it under the 5 minute
    mark. Get out of the car and go back inside. SLOWLY increase your time,
    then add a couple things like turning the car on, and SIT. More happy talk
    and biscuits. (Make sure you have proper ventilation if you are going to
    turn the car on) Even shorter trip (down the driveway?) stop, go back
    inside. Problem with this is it might take more than the month's time you
    have.

    Some dogs do better sitting closer to the front of the car, some dogs do
    better laying down so they can't see everything racing by the window.
    You should belt/crate your dog in the car for safety.

    You can give Dramamine to your dog, child's dose by weight. But it would
    really be better for you to consult with your vet, especially prior to an
    airline flight.

    How old is your dog? A lot have a little motion sickness early on and then
    outgrow it. My doggers had a little, especially when her PAPA ( ) was
    driving. Keep those turns wide and SLOW.

    Good luck. Let us know how things go!!

    P.S. I've never personally tried it, but believe it or not there are some
    people who have had really good results with feeding their puppers
    some ginger cookies before a trip!

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    Re: Motion sickness

    Just thought of other things I need to add: I know I said "happy talk" but
    try and make sure you really are doing "happy talk" and not just your
    nerves and anxiety about oh no, the dog's going to get car sick again. The
    smart little buggers can really pick up on that. I would maybe suck on a
    breath mint, too. If at some point your dog seems like she might be
    calming down, then quit with the happy talk and just sit quietly with her.

    Another thing to try is a favorite toy, stuffed animal perhaps? Take it in
    the car with her. She might find it comforting.

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    Re: Motion sickness

    Quote Originally Posted by valerie
    Hi PC!! Fasting the dog might help for the flight but unfortunately, the dog
    can vomit quite a lot of bile.

    You were on the right track with the short trips, I'd back it up a notch and
    take your pooch out to the car with no intention of going anywhere. Just sit.
    Lots of praise and dog "biscuits", happy talk. Keep it under the 5 minute
    mark. Get out of the car and go back inside. SLOWLY increase your time,
    then add a couple things like turning the car on, and SIT. More happy talk
    and biscuits. (Make sure you have proper ventilation if you are going to
    turn the car on) Even shorter trip (down the driveway?) stop, go back
    inside. Problem with this is it might take more than the month's time you
    have.

    Some dogs do better sitting closer to the front of the car, some dogs do
    better laying down so they can't see everything racing by the window.
    You should belt/crate your dog in the car for safety.

    You can give Dramamine to your dog, child's dose by weight. But it would
    really be better for you to consult with your vet, especially prior to an
    airline flight.

    How old is your dog? A lot have a little motion sickness early on and then
    outgrow it. My doggers had a little, especially when her PAPA ( ) was
    driving. Keep those turns wide and SLOW.

    Good luck. Let us know how things go!!

    P.S. I've never personally tried it, but believe it or not there are some
    people who have had really good results with feeding their puppers
    some ginger cookies before a trip!

    I give my daughter ginger for motionsickness never thought of that for a dog. Brill.
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    Re: Motion sickness

    Thanks for the great advice - particularly Val. I hadn't actually thought about getting her into the car and not going anywhere. The interesting thing is that it isn't all that difficult to get her in ... she seems quite happy and enjoys the trip, for the first few minutes. But I'll try to get in as many trips (or non-trips) in the car in the next few weeks to help.

    Off to the vet on Friday, so hopefully they'll be able to help us as well.

    I hadn't even contemplated leaving her behind... let's hope it doesn't come to that!

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    Re: Motion sickness

    Well, tomorrow's the big day for our Maddie. Because we are now selling our house, we have decided to move her a bit earlier than planned. With the change of date and all the preparations for getting the house on the market, I haven't had much time to get her used to the car. Have gotten her in it and gone nowhere a couple of times. And driven down to the park just down the road. All minor successes. But sadly, haven't had enough time to get her used to a long journey.

    We are using a pet transport company. They do pick up and delivery! They seemed to think that putting the black plastic strap on the car (you know the one that reduces static electricity) works. Has anyone heard of that?

    I have some motion sickness pills from the vet. I guess now all we do is get her ready and hope for the best. Don't think it will be the best trip for her, but hopefully she'll be ok. I'm nervous and worried for her....

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    Re: Motion sickness

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    The motion sickness pills will probably make her drowsy too so she should be ok.

    I love Beagles, I have one too, her name is Sally and she hates the car. If you take your dog in the car you should put a harness on it that attaches to the seat belt, that makes it safer for you and your dog in an accident.

    Have fun moving. I hope the weather is nice for you, it has been raining a lot up here in Central west NSW.

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