Post # 1
Our puppy had horrible car ride anxiety. I have tried EVERYTHING. Letting him have treats in the car, taking him on rides around my neighborhood so he doesn’t think car rides equal vet’s office, I’ve tried just letting him sit in the car with a treat, but he still panics.
I bought some natural calming tablets from Petsmart and took them to my vet to check them out. The vet says they are safe, but may not work. They were $8 for a bottle of 120 tablets, so I’m not out a lot of money. They’re called PetEase, if that makes a difference.
I gave the dog one today just to see how it would work, and so far he seems to be fine, but I haven’t tried it long term.
Mostly I was curious to know if anyone else had used them for car rides and if they worked well.
Post # 3
We’ve been instructed to use Benadryl. our dog has anxiety about life in general (major drama queen) and we use it for her occasionally. The measurement varies based on weight, so check with your vet, but it works with us, even on plane flights with her.
Post # 4
I tried the vermont company’s PetCalm treats (or something like that) and it seemed to settle his nerves a bit.
Post # 5
One of our dogs has anxiety – sometimes he seems to be anxious about nothing. he’s fine for car rides, but if we have him stay at doggie day care (like if we go on a trip together), he’s awful for the first day and flips out. I tried PetEase and they didn’t make any difference. I recently picked up a product called “Herbal Calmer” from Holistic Blend (it’s a liquid if that makes a difference) and it seems to help, at least a little. It was under $20, and I only use a little bit each time (also, FWIW, Hammy is 21.5 lb). Before this, I tried Benadryl (check w/ your vet – tehy can tell you how much to use) but it really makes him out of it and he usually just sleeps.
Post # 6
My dog has horrible separation anxiety. I tried that Pet Ease about 2 years ago, and it did nothing for him. Honestly, nothing has worked up to this point. He’s much better when he gets into a routine though. For instance, he’s used to me leaving during the day, during my regular work hours, but if my hours change he completely freaks out. Also, if I leave him I have to leave all of the doors open in the house, or he freaks out. It also takes him a while to adjust when we move to different apartments. He’s such a drama king!
Post # 7
Have you tried putting a crate in your back seat? My puppy used to have bad car anxiety/motion sickness and the crate was the only thing that worked for us. In the beginning, we put her crate in the back seat and covered it with a blanket or towel. As she got better about car rides, we’d slowly remove the blanket. We then transitioned to just a towel covering the back seat (hung from the back headrests to the front headrests) and then finally nothing. It was a long process but she loves the car now.
Post # 8
I second the Benadryl suggestion. 1 mg per pound, so if pup is 25 lbs, you give one 25 mg tablet.