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Please Help John Wayne with Motion Sickness!
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31 December 2008 - 9:10 am
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Hi, I just picked up John Wayne, a tripawd Australian Cattle Dog, from the Bozeman, Montana shelter. Fine fellow...we are having fun in our first two days together. But, we need your help please. We have gone driving a few times, to a few parks, etc. and he gets terrible motion sickness, throwing up the contents of his stomach. With snow on the ground, bumps and more, are more pronounced, making his dilemma pretty bad. Yesterday we drove from Livingston to Bozeman and back, and he threw up not only solids, but water too. We are supposed to head back home, to Oregon, on Friday or Saturday...but I need to help him feel comfortable during the long drive. I bought digestive enzymes and have added them to his food. The shelter had him on Science Diet (which I will change when we get home). He has been given some treats, which I put an end to until we get this problem solved. I am thinking since he has only been a tripawd three months, and this venture with me is his first time in a car as a tripawd, the issue is getting the balance mastered. It makes sense he is wobbly. Please suggest ways to help him (would riding in a crate help, as I am driving a truck and have one I could put together for him to ride in, rather than have the entire back seat to himself)? Thanks very much. Happy New Year. And, of course photos of John Wayne forthcoming, once we get home.

John Wayne – Three Legged Australian Cattle Dog

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31 December 2008 - 1:20 pm
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Congratulations on picking up John Wayne! Thanks for the update.

I always loved to travel, and the only time I got sick was right after I had some of my chemo medication. If John isn't taking any meds, I have no idea. Hopefully others can help.

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31 December 2008 - 1:23 pm
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I have had a couple of dogs with motion sickness and it's mostly stress related.  It will take some time and patience but you can help John Wayne to get over it.

Start by just getting him in the car without turning the car on.  have some fun with him - give him treats then go back in the house.  Do this several times until he eagerly gets in the car by himself (or at least wants to if he needs help).  Then repeat the process with the car running but don't go anywhere.  When you do start going place start with short short trips - to the end of the street (treat at the end) then come back home.  Do this several times then start taking longer trips.  Always have a destination where he will get treats and loving.

Soon John wayne will start associating car rides with good things and will look forward to his "trips".  You can initially pair his short trips with some dramamine but before long he won't need it.  This process has worked with me.

Let us know how he does

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31 December 2008 - 2:05 pm
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Connie gave some great advice for motion sickness due to stress.  If the motion sickness is due to vertigo then many pets respond to Benadryl (give 1 mg per pound orally at least 1 hour prior to travel.  Generic diphenhydramine is okay).  I have also used Dramamine in the past but now there is a veterinary drug (Cerenia) labelled for this problem.  It is the same drug that some of our dogs have taken for nausea due to chemo but at higher doses it prevents motion sickness.  Ask your vet about it!

Pam and Tazzie

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