Car sickness

@JazzysMom:

She sits on a seat and when we see the signs – licking her lips, panting, the B-smile - we hold up the garbage pail and she throws up in it. Then we just tie off the bag and the next bag is ready.

Heh, I've only seen my B do this once (obviously did not know the signs) and that sure was the warning signal.

Funny you have it down to a science.

I have heard (but never needed to try) that ginger is a folk remedy for nausea (think ginger ale when you are sick). It comes in capsules, and I have had people tell me that they gave their dogs a couple of ginger snaps before short trips and thought it helped. That is purely anecdotal, second hand information but might be worth a try. I was always car sick as a kid so I am very sympathetic!

@MacPack:

I have heard (but never needed to try) that ginger is a folk remedy for nausea (think ginger ale when you are sick). It comes in capsules, and I have had people tell me that they gave their dogs a couple of ginger snaps before short trips and thought it helped. That is purely anecdotal, second hand information but might be worth a try. I was always car sick as a kid so I am very sympathetic!

That very well may work. I know for a fact that ginger is a nausea suppressant. Used a lot on boats.

@Kananga:

That very well may work. I know for a fact that ginger is a nausea suppressant. Used a lot on boats.

OK…this is bad.. but can you all see a Basenji smoking weed?

@tanza:

OK…this is bad.. but can you all see a Basenji smoking weed?

Ha, ha, ha…in California, yes! 😉 Although, I wonder if they ate marijuana whether it would have the same effect.

@MacPack:

I have heard (but never needed to try) that ginger is a folk remedy for nausea (think ginger ale when you are sick). It comes in capsules, and I have had people tell me that they gave their dogs a couple of ginger snaps before short trips and thought it helped. That is purely anecdotal, second hand information but might be worth a try. I was always car sick as a kid so I am very sympathetic!

I get horribly seasick (amazing that I've raced sailboats since I was a kid)…and get motion sickness in general. Ginger capsules are my saving grace and have used them for years & years!

The only thing I would worry about with a dog taking the capsules would be that if you don't wash them down with plenty of water, they leave a burning sensation in your stomach for about 15 - 20 minutes. If I were to try ginger on a dog, I would definitely give it in a ginger snap and not the capsule.

Houston

Great ideas, Our B hasen't shown carsickness signs yet, but our Schnorkie does. I am going to have to try these things when we go on vacay in July. Having three dogs and two kiddos in a car, and then somebody gets sick…not a god combo.Thanks for such wonderful people on this forum.
Basenjimamma

I just read a short article in our local paper about a recent study using ginger vs. a placebo in treating nausea in chemo patients and found it to be very effective. Funny to read it the day after our "conversation".

@MacPack:

I just read a short article in our local paper about a recent study using ginger vs. a placebo in treating nausea in chemo patients and found it to be very effective. Funny to read it the day after our "conversation".

Sigh. Didn't do a thing for Jazz…but then, she's a "special" girl :rolleyes: when it comes to car sickness.

When Rally was a puppy she would get carsick. We tried the ginger snaps. She ended up puking them back up. For a while after that all you had to do was show her a ginger snap and she would curl her lip and make a "yuck" face.

@JazzysMom:

Sigh. Didn't do a thing for Jazz…but then, she's a "special" girl :rolleyes: when it comes to car sickness.

She really IS a special girl, since she uses the bucket! That is better than a lot of humans I have known. Poor thing, having to feel lousy when going on fun trips!

I had a sheltie that got horribly carsick once, if we HAD to take him somewhere, we had to sedate him. None of the other remedies worked at all. Of course he was a nervous wreck, that dog, we had to sedate him during thunder storms too, or he'd wet himself silly because he was so afraid. He'd climb all over you before a storm came, then when the first thunder hit, he'd whiz all over your lap!!

Poor guy, he was just terrified. July 4th, same thing. I had so much Ace in the house I could have tranquilized a HORSE.

The article I read on ginger said they started taking the ginger capsules 2 days before chemo and of course used regular meds during the chemo, but their ginger group had less nausea/vomiting than the placebos. Maybe the trick is to start early!

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