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    Driving long trips with dogs

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    My poodle has no issue but our lab is so crazy in the car what is the best thing I can give him to calm down? Melatonin? Benadryl? We are currently headed to Oregon and I am in the verge of killing him! And need to figur this out before we drive to Alaska!
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    Also, Oregon!? Which part?
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    Doggy sedatives. I don't remember the brand/name but my gf just moved to Reno from up here and their dogs suck in the car so they gave them sleepy drugs and they slept the whole way. She was grateful. I hope you find something that will work.
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    Ask your vet. Do not give anything to a dog without consulting with a vet.

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    If you do get sedatives prescribed, be very careful with the dosage. My grandparents dog has to be sedated to be groomed and my grandpa gave her too much, she had diarrhea everywhereerere.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rissa*Rawr View Post
    Ask your vet. Do not give anything to a dog without consulting with a vet.
    This. Absolutely this. Also, stop often at places for him to get out and run around. Tire him out. It gives you both a break from being in the car.
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    We tried Benadryl and valerian root (per the vet) and both seemed to do nothing. I'm sure we could have went back and got something stronger prescribed but we didnt have time. The trip didnt turn out too bad though .. after about 30 minutes he relaxed and laid down .. just made us stop about every two hours haha.
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    I'd def ask your vet
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    I like to go the natural route. these are the things we use:

    Treats with Chamomile and Lavender in them:

    Blue Buffalo: BLUE Tranquility Jerky Treats for dogs are all natural and healthy

    Dogswell: MELLOW MUT®

    And Pet Essences which are mixes of flowers and herbs in a liquid that you put some drops in their mouth or drinking water and also mix with water in a spray bottle and spray the car and their chest with it:

    we use the Travel formula:
    PET ESSENCES Travel

    They also have a Calming formula:
    PET ESSENCES Calming Solution

    I've never bought the Pet Essences from that website, I've always found them at local pet boutiques. I've seen them on a few pet websites though.

    ETA: here is the Pet Essences website that lists the stores by state.
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    Benedryl doesnt make dogs sleepy. People always think it does, but dogs handle a much higher dose than humans, and dont get sleepy. Talk to your vet, They can give you some happy sleepy pills. Do it sooner rather than later so you can test them out well before your trip to make sure you dont need more/less and can check for adverse reactions.
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