… about riding with Gretchen.
While this blog is normally about Sissy’s diet and allergy struggles, we’re going to hijack it today to talk about Gretchen’s car troubles. She got an upset tummy on every single ride for the first several months of her life. We tried Cerenia last year for the first trip to the beach, but I think we still had some sort of incident.
Then, amazingly, THAT stopped, and we were left with the most severe case of nerves you’ve ever seen. She trembles. She pants. Her heart races.
We tried Benedryl. It didn’t help at all. I’ve never had a dog with such issues with riding, and we’re at a loss. I have a call into the vet for some kind of suggestion, because while Gretchen’s panic attack is stressful for all of us, we also worry about her health and safety. It can’t be good for her to be so stressed out for so long!
She doesn’t want to be left out, and she does enjoy the beach, so we need a solution, because the ACE didn’t work either. In fact, it seemed to make her even more restless, until about 4-5 hours after I’d given it to her, when she became obviously groggy, but fought HARD to stay awake. She just won’t relax at all in a vehicle; she insists on standing or for the briefest moments, sitting, but always in a frantic version of alertness.
We tried the elevated little dog “seat” thingee, when she was very little. We don’t have it anymore, because after one particularly rough episode of car sickness, I tossed it.
Again, she isn’t getting sick anymore, but I’d love to hear from any of you with dogs with anxiety issues. Gretchen is normally a well-adjusted, calm girl. Long car rides are the only thing that put her over the edge!