• Welcome to the Chronicle Forums.
    Please complete your profile. The forums and the rest of www.chronofhorse.com has single sign-in, so your log in information for one will automatically work for the other. Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here are the views of the individual and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of The Chronicle of the Horse.



Forum rules and no-advertising policy

As a participant on this forum, it is your responsibility to know and follow our rules. Please read this message in its entirety.

Board Rules

1. You’re responsible for what you say.
As outlined in Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, The Chronicle of the Horse and its affiliates, as well Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd., the developers of vBulletin, are not legally responsible for statements made in the forums.

This is a public forum viewed by a wide spectrum of people, so please be mindful of what you say and who might be reading it—details of personal disputes are likely better handled privately. While posters are legally responsible for their statements, the moderators may in their discretion remove or edit posts that violate these rules. Users have the ability to modify or delete their own messages after posting, but administrators generally will not delete posts, threads or accounts upon request.

Outright inflammatory, vulgar, harassing, malicious or otherwise inappropriate statements and criminal charges unsubstantiated by a reputable news source or legal documentation will not be tolerated and will be dealt with at the discretion of the moderators.

2. Conversations in horse-related forums should be horse-related.
The forums are a wonderful source of information and support for members of the horse community. While it’s understandably tempting to share information or search for input on other topics upon which members might have a similar level of knowledge, members must maintain the focus on horses.

3. Keep conversations productive, on topic and civil.
Discussion and disagreement are inevitable and encouraged; personal insults, diatribes and sniping comments are unproductive and unacceptable. Whether a subject is light-hearted or serious, keep posts focused on the current topic and of general interest to other participants of that thread. Utilize the private message feature or personal email where appropriate to address side topics or personal issues not related to the topic at large.

4. No advertising in the discussion forums.
Posts in the discussion forums directly or indirectly advertising horses, jobs, items or services for sale or wanted will be removed at the discretion of the moderators. Use of the private messaging feature or email addresses obtained through users’ profiles for unsolicited advertising is not permitted.

Company representatives may participate in discussions and answer questions about their products or services, or suggest their products on recent threads if they fulfill the criteria of a query. False "testimonials" provided by company affiliates posing as general consumers are not appropriate, and self-promotion of sales, ad campaigns, etc. through the discussion forums is not allowed.

Paid advertising is available on our classifieds site and through the purchase of banner ads. The tightly monitored Giveaways forum permits free listings of genuinely free horses and items available or wanted (on a limited basis). Items offered for trade are not allowed.

Advertising Policy Specifics
When in doubt of whether something you want to post constitutes advertising, please contact a moderator privately in advance for further clarification. Refer to the following points for general guidelines:

Horses – Only general discussion about the buying, leasing, selling and pricing of horses is permitted. If the post contains, or links to, the type of specific information typically found in a sales or wanted ad, and it’s related to a horse for sale, regardless of who’s selling it, it doesn’t belong in the discussion forums.

Stallions – Board members may ask for suggestions on breeding stallion recommendations. Stallion owners may reply to such queries by suggesting their own stallions, only if their horse fits the specific criteria of the original poster. Excessive promotion of a stallion by its owner or related parties is not permitted and will be addressed at the discretion of the moderators.

Services – Members may use the forums to ask for general recommendations of trainers, barns, shippers, farriers, etc., and other members may answer those requests by suggesting themselves or their company, if their services fulfill the specific criteria of the original post. Members may not solicit other members for business if it is not in response to a direct, genuine query.

Products – While members may ask for general opinions and suggestions on equipment, trailers, trucks, etc., they may not list the specific attributes for which they are in the market, as such posts serve as wanted ads.

Event Announcements – Members may post one notification of an upcoming event that may be of interest to fellow members, if the original poster does not benefit financially from the event. Such threads may not be “bumped” excessively. Premium members may post their own notices in the Event Announcements forum.

Charities/Rescues – Announcements for charitable or fundraising events can only be made for 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations. Special exceptions may be made, at the moderators’ discretion and direction, for board-related events or fundraising activities in extraordinary circumstances.

Occasional posts regarding horses available for adoption through IRS-registered horse rescue or placement programs are permitted in the appropriate forums, but these threads may be limited at the discretion of the moderators. Individuals may not advertise or make announcements for horses in need of rescue, placement or adoption unless the horse is available through a recognized rescue or placement agency or government-run entity or the thread fits the criteria for and is located in the Giveaways forum.

5. Do not post copyrighted photographs unless you have purchased that photo and have permission to do so.

6. Respect other members.
As members are often passionate about their beliefs and intentions can easily be misinterpreted in this type of environment, try to explore or resolve the inevitable disagreements that arise in the course of threads calmly and rationally.

If you see a post that you feel violates the rules of the board, please click the “alert” button (exclamation point inside of a triangle) in the bottom left corner of the post, which will alert ONLY the moderators to the post in question. They will then take whatever action, or no action, as deemed appropriate for the situation at their discretion. Do not air grievances regarding other posters or the moderators in the discussion forums.

Please be advised that adding another user to your “Ignore” list via your User Control Panel can be a useful tactic, which blocks posts and private messages by members whose commentary you’d rather avoid reading.

7. We have the right to reproduce statements made in the forums.
The Chronicle of the Horse may copy, quote, link to or otherwise reproduce posts, or portions of posts, in print or online for advertising or editorial purposes, if attributed to their original authors, and by posting in this forum, you hereby grant to The Chronicle of the Horse a perpetual, non-exclusive license under copyright and other rights, to do so.

8. We reserve the right to enforce and amend the rules.
The moderators may delete, edit, move or close any post or thread at any time, or refrain from doing any of the foregoing, in their discretion, and may suspend or revoke a user’s membership privileges at any time to maintain adherence to the rules and the general spirit of the forum. These rules may be amended at any time to address the current needs of the board.

Please see our full Terms of Service and Privacy Policy for more information.

Thanks for being a part of the COTH forums!

(Revised 1/26/16)
See more
See less

Help my poor car-sick dog

  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • Help my poor car-sick dog

    My good farm doggie Jolene has always gotten car-sick. I feel like I'm missing out on some good dog/owner time by not being able to take her with me on errands, horse hauling, fun outings, etc.

    Has anyone conquered car-sickness and if so, what did you do? Desensitization? Drugs? Holistic remedies? HELP!
    Shall I tell you what I find beautiful about you? You are at your very best when things are worst.

  • #2
    I had one that the first year of her life got car sick every single time she got in the car. You could set your watch by it.
    The vet gave me some doggie dramamine (I don't remember exactly what the med was, I"m sorry) that we gave her, and we started taking her to fun stuff, like the beach and the barn, the feed store, stuff like that.
    As she matured she got better and now she's fine. it was very strange how she outgrew it all of a sudden.
    "Perhaps the final test of anybody's love of dogs is their willingness to permit them to make a camping ground of the bed" -Henry T. Merwin


    • #3
      Ginger works well for motion sickness. See if you can find an extract at the health food store.


      • #4
        How old is the dog? Just asking because I've never had a puppy that didn't get carsick. They've all outgrown it around their first birthday... although my turbomutt will still make herself sick if I don't buckle her in. If your dog moves around a lot in the car, a doggie seatbelt might help.

        I wish I could find a carsickness remedy for me - the adult human, who can get motion sick in a rocking chair. Unfortunately, dremamine knocks me out, and a mere whiff of ginger it nauseating to me even when I'm not feeling bad.
        "I did know once, only I've sort of forgotten." - Winnie the Pooh


        • #5

          I gave my Rottie Dramamine - regular, human, Dramamine. It worked great and he outgrew it by his first birthday (as many people have said). Ask your vet for dosage.

          Nothing worse than a car sick dog. ICK!!!!

          Good Luck!
          Shadow Dancer 2/17/91-12/23/10 - My Horse, My Heart <3


          • #6
            My rottie used to get people dramamine. They have dog dramamine now--my vet raves about it.

            Fortunately, my girl grew out of her carsickness around 1.5 years, and it hasn't been a problem since.

            Before that, sometimes even with the dramamine, we had to keep the windows open otherwise---BLLLLAAAAAHHHH all over the car.


            • Original Poster

              Originally posted by Aggie4Bar View Post
              How old is the dog?
              She is four. While most of her (ill-fated and messy) car/truck trips were before she was a year old, she does go to the vet yearly and maybe one other trip. While she looks and acts normal longer, we still haven't made it the whole way without her getting that "sorry mom I'm turning green" look and tossing her cookies. Oh and I use "tossing cookies" metaphorically; I make sure she hasn't eaten shortly before embarking. That lessens the mess but she still gags and drools.

              Originally posted by Aggie4Bar View Post
              I wish I could find a carsickness remedy for me - the adult human, who can get motion sick in a rocking chair.
              I assume you have tried the wrist bands? A friend of mine had tried all sorts of things without success but was helped tremendously by the bands. And I have used them on a ferry, the only thing that gets me sick.
              Shall I tell you what I find beautiful about you? You are at your very best when things are worst.


              • #8
                Try stem ginger. Now dogs don't normally like it as it comes but you can buy real stem ginger jelly sweets and ginger nut biscuits made with stem ginger.


                • #9
                  Originally posted by Liscar View Post
                  Nothing worse than a car sick dog. ICK!!!!
                  I disagree. At least a carsick dog is inclined (sometimes) to clean up its own mess. I had one pup that could leave you wondering if she'd really puked since a two more miles down the road, the vomit puddle would be reingested and the seat licked shiny clean. Sometimes she'd do it more than once in the same trip. Kids don't do that.
                  "I did know once, only I've sort of forgotten." - Winnie the Pooh


                  • #10
                    When I started taking my German Shepard to obedience classes, they suggested a few ginger snap cookies for the car ride. Worked like a charm and she eventually outgrew the issue.
                    1. Bozone (n.): The substance surrounding stupid people that stops bright ideas from penetrating. The bozone layer, unfortunately, shows little sign of breaking down in the near future.


                    • #11
                      Try giving her homeopathic "Ipecac" 30c right before you get into the car. Take just a short ride, like to the grocery store, and see how she does. Ipecac is a great remedy for nausea and vomiting and I've used it with car sick dogs with moderate success.


                      • #12
                        The first year or so of Ozzies life was terrible for being carsick. I used to have him in the seat next to me and when he started salivating, I grabbed his paw and massaged the acupoint for nausea (Think the spot on your wrist slightly below the base of your thumb, same place on the dog..) It seemed to help quite a bit and eventually he outgrew it.....

                        otherwise, there are anti-nausea medications you can get from your vet
                        Turn off the computer and go ride!


                        • #13
                          I was watching one of those dog shows...either Victoria or Ceasar...your dog may not be carsick. It may be stress/fear - related. I can't recall completely, but they started out putting the dog in the car for five minutes (not going anywhere) with all the doors open, then starting the engine for five minutes, backing out of the driveway, etc., you get the drift. Small, baby steps. It worked with no drugs.


                          • #14
                            The late princess would throw up every car ride, like clock work, then we had to move, across the country, with no chance to stop every 2 miles to let the dog puke. Vet game us a tranquilizer to give to her, I *think* it was Azebromathine, but I could be wrong.

                            The day we intended to leave we gave her the pill, nothing doing all the farewell commotion....Pup was a live wire. So we gave her another pill....after a while we decided it was too late and to get a fresh start in the morning...by now everything had calmed down and low and behold, the tranqs started to work... poor pup was staggering about the house like a drunken sailor! And that was on 2 of the 3 pills the vet told us we could give her!

                            Anyhow, by the second day we skipped the morning pill and saved it for the evening...when she was bouncing off the wall from sleeping all day in the truck...


                            • #15
                              We got an Rx from the vet -- sorry, I can't remember the name. But we had to experiment with the dose. The full dose caused him to drool like crazy; but he didn't throw up. Half dose -- still drooling, still not throwing up. One quarter dose -- no drooling, no throwing up. Go figure.

                              But you have to give him the pill at least an hour before the trip, so you can't just decide to jump in the car at the last minute. On the plus side, the pill is good for 24 hours.

                              I'm sure you could work through this as a behavioral issue just like Go Fish described. But, frankly, I have enough projects in my life, and I haven't done this.
                              I have a Fjord! Life With Oden


                              • #16
                                the meds certainly help working through the issue...


                                • #17
                                  I taught my dog to throw up into a barf bag

                                  She eventually outgrew the sickness but was never a fan of riding in the car. She loved riding loose inside the shell of the pickup truck (with a mat to stand on) and never got sick so I partially blame the way I drove the car. The truck didn't go very fast and certainly didn't corner as neatly and the dog appreciated the slower pace.

                                  Overall I've found that most dogs do better towards the back of the vehicle: ideally in the bed of a truck or back of a station wagon- the exact opposite of small children.


                                  • #18
                                    Originally posted by silver2 View Post
                                    Overall I've found that most dogs do better towards the back of the vehicle: ideally in the bed of a truck or back of a station wagon- the exact opposite of small children.
                                    Ha ha! This makes me think of my two Corgis. They go everywhere with me, riding in the back seat of my SUV. They fight just like two human children and I'm tooling down the road, with my arm over the seat, whacking at them and screaming at them to shut up, just like a mother with the human kids in the back seat...


                                    • #19
                                      I fostered a puppy that would stare out the back hatch of the Tahoe. You could see his little head following the dashed lines in the road then.....HWARF! He'd commence his clean-up.

                                      As others have said, there is doggie dramamine as some human motion sickness medication is dangerous to dogs (I don't think it's dramamine though).


                                      • #20
                                        This may seem obvious, but don't feed for a few hours before a car ride. Also, I have had some luck with positive car experience like was mentioned previously. Let the dog hang out in the parked car with treats, petting, attaboys, etc. There is a fear/stress correlation to the puking. I had one dog that never got over it, most grow out of it with some simple positive training.
                                        "Right is right if nobody is right, and wrong is wrong if everybody is wrong."

                                        -Archbishop Fulton Sheen