My Havanese, Kiara, gets carsick pretty badly. What can I do?
I would love to take her everywhere. Should I do short rides and hope that maybe she will get used to it? The breeder told me Havanese dogs tend to get carsick, does yours?
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My dog loves riding in the car and has never been carsick but I would try taking her to close places and try not to take her out after she's got done eating, eventually she should become used to it, Good Luck!
Gia answered on 7/25/11. Helpful? / 1
Do you put the dog in a crate when you go someplace? Some dogs do not like riding in a crate and they make themselves sick. Maybe having something to do with not being able to see out . I think the idea of starting with short rides is a good one. They do make things you can give a dog to help calm them. It may be something to look into if the situation does not get any better. I had a dog that was 16 and he never got over being carsick. I would just keep talking to him the whole time until he was able to calm himself down and then he was fine.
Star answered on 7/26/11. Helpful? / 1
I don't have Havanese but I do have 3 dogs that all get car sick. Anytime I go for a ride that I know will be more that 30 min I use Kaopectate. Every time I have used it I haven't had any problems with them having upset tummies or diarrhea. You'll wanna give about 1ml per pound.
Pepto Bismol works too but I have found Kaopectate works better. You'll want to give it to them about 10 minutes before you leave and then you shouldn't have any problems.
Kota answered on 7/27/11. Helpful? / 1
I have a Havanese named Kasey. He use to get car sick a lot!I just took him on short rides and I eventually took some 5-minute longer rides and slowly progressed to 10-minute longer rides and etc. Now he's a car-riding pro! Hope this helps!
I have always given crytalized ginger to dogs that get carsick. It's good for human & animal tummy upsets. Give about 15 minutes before ride & I have done short rides too
Josie, NPC answered on 7/28/11. Helpful? / 1
Yes, my dog gets carsick too. You can ask your vet to give you the medication which you use right when your dog gets into the car and is ready to go. You can also give your dog some cut-up pieces of ginger. What I usually do is the night before he gets into the car, I put ginger and make it into juice for my dog. He is extremely thirsty when he wakes up the next morning, so he doesn't care about what he drinks. That way, he doesn't throw up when he gets into the car...and one more thing...make your dog drink it FIRST THING IN THE MORNING. The earlier, the better. You can also put ginger in a pot and heat it up all night...that is, the night before the car ride.
Small steps are the best. First put her in the car, don't start the engine. You two should just sit there. Make her get used to it. Praise her if she doesn't get nervous or anything.
Do this for a few times a week then, try starting the engine for five minutes. Don't move. Just start it. Praise her again if she doesn't get carsick.
After doing this multiple times, drive around the block once. Do this for a few days. If she doesn't get sick, praise her.
Week by week, gradually increase the distance. Slow but sure steps!
Chibi answered on 7/29/11. Helpful? / 0
When my dog was a puppy, she was always carsick (we got her at seven weeks). I felt so sorry for her as she was so sick!
I would put her in the car, give her treats, then take her out of the car without driving anywhere. I moved up to putting her in, driving around the block, taking her out. Then I gave her treats.
Next I put her in the car and took her somewhere she wanted to go - a dog park or to sheepherding class (she LOVES to herd sheep). My son sat next to her in the back and every time she dropped her head, he took her by the collar and shoved her head out the window.
Finally, when she was about 18 months old, she stopped barfing, drooling, moaning and generally looking miserable. She rides in the back seat on a blanket, or she rides in her crate. She does not bark, howl, or bounce around the seat. It is a pleasure to take her with me every where I go!
Pepper answered on 7/29/11. Helpful? / 0
Thanks everyone :]
Kiara answered on 7/29/11. Helpful? / 0