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I have two Jack Russells Both female , both 2.5 years

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I have two Jack Russells Both female , both 2.5 years old one slightly smaller than the other . the smaller dog suffers travel sickness even on short trips , any suggestions please
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr. Barbara replied 2 years ago.
Dr. Barbara :

, Welcome to JustAnswer. I'm a licensed veterinarian and I'll be happy to help. This is actually a pretty common problem.

Dr. Barbara :

Medically you can give Dramamine. The dose is 4-8mg per kilogram of body weight. Dramamine is good trips because it does cause some sedation. The dose then should be repeated every 8 hours.

Dr. Barbara :

Desensitization often works also. This means that you start with very short times in the car and then gradually increase the time. At first just put her in the car minute or two, but don't go anywhere. I'd try this 3 times daily couple of days or until getting into the car is not upsetting.

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The next step is to turn the car on while she is in the car, but still don't move.

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Then, you drive a very sort distance like down the driveway and back. Repeating each step often until she is less anxious, and then gradually increasing the length of her trip should be effective.

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Desensitization does take time, but is usually successful!

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Expert:  Dr. Barbara replied 2 years ago.
Thank you kind rating. . .greatly appreciated!
I'll put you in follow up in one week to see how things are going. There is no more charge .
Also, this thread does stay open after a rating, so if you have any further comments or questions regarding your little girl's motion sickness, I'd be happy to address those. There is also no more charge .
Take care,
Dr. Barbara