Post # 1
We’re going to be bringing our new puppy home in a couple of weeks. He is located 4 hours away. I’m worried about his comfort on the ride home. Is there anything I can do to make him more comfortable and help with any motion sickness he may have? I read on another thread to cover the car with some pee pads, so if he does throw up, it won’t get all over the seats. Any other suggestions?
As a proud new puppy mom, here is his picture:
Post # 3
He should be ok. Our pup had a 2 hour ride and he was too excited to sleep and just wanted to stick his head out the window. Pee pads are a good idea but also frequent stops are too…. I never used training pads for ours.
Post # 4
This seems counter-intuitive, but I actually read somewhere that it is best to not stop on the ride home, but I can’t find that article now… The first drive with my puppy was also about 2.5 hours, and he was completely fine. Just ask that he not be fed right before the trip. The big mistake that we made was taking him straight to PetSmart to get supplies. I didn’t think about it at the time, but since they’re still getting all of their vaccines, they’re sensitive to things like Parvo, which can easily get picked up at pet stores! Congrats on the new puppy he is SO cute 🙂
Post # 5
Is that a doodle?! Precious!
We drove 8 hours to my parents house for Christmas with our then 3-month old doodle Archie. Granted, he was older than yours was, but he was totally fine. We bought him a seatbelt, which sounds ridiculous but it’s nice because he doesn’t try to climb in the front.
Also, I know a lot of people like to let their dogs have their head out of the window while driving but they can get eye injuries that way so be careful!
Post # 6
@SunDevil805: Yes, he is a labradoodle!
Post # 7
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
None of my dogs have ever had issues with motion sickness during car rides. However, my in-laws’ border collie does. They put a blanket on the seat and restrict food before car rides. Once he was big enough the vet said he could take a benadryl half an hour before car rides. I think it also depends on the vehicle because he doesn’t get sick when he rides in my minivan; they have a Taurus and a Camry.
Post # 8
I’ve heard that a little vanilla ice cream can help. It makes them sleepy.
Post # 9
I have no advice – just wanted to say that he’d adorable!!! We’re planning on getting a chocolate one after the wedding!
Post # 10
My black lab gets horribly car sick.
Sit him in the front on the floor. He’s closest to the wheels which manage the turning. There’s less room for him to “swing around” like if he’s in a back seat.
Feed him minimally beforehand.
You can sedate him — I had to sedate our lab for a 1,200 mile move across the country. They can’t be upset if they’re sleepy!
Post # 11
My puppy had terrible motion sickness when she was little. We tried to minimize her drive time but when she had to be in the car, we went with the crate. We’d have someone sit in the backseat with her (me) and we’d drape a towel or blanket over her crate. If she got a look of the outside she’d have to throw up, but the crate and towel kept her calm. If you’d rather hold your puppy, you can drape a towel over your shoulder and over them.
Our girl outgrew her motion sickness as she got a bit older, but we definitely had at least 2 throw up incidents before we worked out the crate/towel system.