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Can Car Sickness Increase over time?

Hi all!

My Banx seems to be getting more and more carsick. He has never really loved riding in the car but he does get in (for a treat). It seems recently, he is getting worse. He now no longer wants to get into my husband's truck at all, cowering on the ground. When we get home from an outing, he often sits in the car for several minutes before he will get out..and he throws up intermittently.
He threw up today when we got home from daycare and we are supposed to go for a therapy dog visit tonight...I am not sure if I should take him or not...

Any ideas?

Thanks so much!!
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Hi. Bentley rode home over 2 hours when he was 6 weeks old and didn't get sick once. Around 7-8 weeks he started getting sick every time we went for a ride.
I had no idea what to do but I started driving him just around the block everyday. Eventually we could go farther than a block and now we can go as long as I want and he doesn't get sick.
It didn't happen quickly though, we went around that block for weeks.
Good luck, I know it's not fun.
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My dog that would get car sick grew out of it at around three years old. Before that, just the trip to the vets, I would need to make three stops, funny thing was, he loved to go for rides.

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I've never had this problem with any of my dogs, knock on wood. But my brother did with his setter, good old Newman. Newman was fine in the car, like many other dogs he loved going for rides. Then one day my brother was late for training class so he drove down a very steep, curvy hill to get there on time a bit faster than he should have. Poor Newman could barely get out of the car on his own when they arrived. He went through a period where he couldn't even get Newman in the car.

So very slowly, step by step, treat by treat he was able to get Newman to load up on his own. And then like Joyce he started doing very short trips, trips to places he new Newman would like. It took a while but now Newman is okay with car rides and no more car sickness.


Sonny, the black lab, ran ahead to make sure there were no gophers or jackrabbits in the way. If you don't give a dog a specific job, he'll improvise one for himself and it will invariably be fun. There's a lesson there.

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Happened to Loki just once & that was on a half hour drive of winding, hilly country roads. He threw up in the backseat, & I was sooooo thankful I had covered the seat with a rug just seconds before my DH had harnessed him in. I thought he might be sick on the way home, but he was fine. Since then, we have done longer journeys, but try to avoid twisty country roads as much as possible. Having had two children who frequently threw up on car journeys, I sympathise & hope you can learn a way to manage it.
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