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Hi everyone, I hope someone can help with this!!! I am a new puppy mom, so please have patience with me.

I met my puppy Violet on Monday of this week in FL. My friend Theresa (who's dog gave birth to Violet) took us in the car to the pet store. Within 2-3 minutes, Violet vomited. We changed out the wee-wee pad I had in the bottom of the carrier and cleaned her up with paper towels as best as we could. Please note that Monday was the FIRST time she had left her birth home ever. We then took her into the pet store and while walking around the store, she got sick again. Luckily they also did grooming at the store, so I had them bathe and give her her first haircut.

The next day we took her in the car again to go to the airport, and in less than 5 minutes, she got sick again. This time I was better prepared with dog bath wipes.

Once in the airport, she didn't get sick again, but she was quite shy and lethargic. I thought it was due to not knowing me in addition to all the moving around. At the very end of the flight she spit up just a little, but for the most part, she was OK for the flight, just a little shy and a little pee in one corner of the pad.

I took her to the vet Wednesday, but the vet didn't want to give her shots until she was back to eating- she hadn't eaten since Tues morning - I fed her, but she wanted nothing to do with food. He said to give her plain cooked chicken and white rice. She ate fine, but was still a little cautious of me and still lethargic. By Friday morning, she was A LOT better, bouncing around and playing, following me everywhere (as I understand Malts do!) Then late Friday morning I had to take her back to the vet. And half way to the vets (in 5 minutes) she vomited in her carrier again. The vet said to take small trips with her to get her used to the car.

Yesterday I took her around the corner (VERY short trip) in her carrier and she seemed OK, but plopped down and napped immediately after. Then today I took her to CVS in her carrier... she was "smiling" all the way, I "bribed" her with pieces of chicken, and she seemed OK until I strapped her back into the car. She seemed SO scared, and let out tiny whines two times. The CVS is ONLY 6 blocks in each direction from my home. She ignored the tiny chicken pieces- I thought chicken was the answer to get her to enjoy the carrier, but I guess not. Once I got her home, she was looking at me like she hated me. She went to my husband, but not to me. I put her in her crate and she has been napping for over an hour and a half.

I'm extremely worried about taking her in the car in the future, she is not the same playful puppy she usually is when she gets out. We have family events coming up the next 2 weekends, and each trip is at least an hour drive each direction. Any advice on how I should handle getting her used to the car trips WITHOUT getting sick but staying her sweet playful self???

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I, too, had a severe car sickness problem with Midis beginning with his trip home from the breeder! Everytime he was in the car he threw up. I tried Dramamine and it didn't help. Finally, a vet recommended 1/2 of a 2mg Valium (which I keep on hand for humans) to be given 1/2 hour before the trip. I did this prior to our car trip to Destin, FL (8 hour drive) and he never got sick the entire way, there or back! Repeated this this past weekend when we went to my hometown (3 hour drive) and he never got sick on the way there or back! Keep in mind Midis weighs 11 lbs so you need to talk to your vet about dosage for your dog.
 

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Your vet can give you a dose of dramamine to try. Don't feed before the car ride and give the dramamine 30 minutes before leaving.
Your dog is associating getting in the car with feeling sick - how enthused would you be to do that? To make the car a happy place, feed her in the car. Don't turn it on, just go, sit, and feed her. Once she is happy to do that, do the same thing with the car on. You want to work up to pulling into and out of the drive way.
For dogs with carsickness that is really tough to treat, I like Cerenia. It is an anti-vomiting medication your vet has to prescribe.

On a side note, your puppy is too young to be wandering around pet shops and going to the groomer. You really need to wait until after 16 weeks of age to reduce the risk of her catching something like parvo.
 

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Give this CD a try. I have the one for the house and use it every time I leave them. They know when they hear this music that I am leaving. It is so soothing that I use it for myself if I wake up in the middle of the night and can't go back to sleep.

The car version says that it is designed not to relax the humans too much, though!! ... thank goodness!!

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Amazon.com: Through a Dog's Ear - Driving Edition: Joshua Leeds, Lisa Spector: Music
 

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I use a car seat for my two so they are strapped in but they can still see out and the do good. Coconut has been making 5 hour trips since she was 5 months and has always done Great! But Monk Monk our yorkie he doesn't get sick but he is always a nervous wreck and we make the trip about once a month or every two.
The car seat made since to me because I feel car sick if I can't see out the windows.
 

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I adopted Bailey when he was 5 months old and for the first couple of months he had horrible car sickness! I knew I wanted to take him everywhere possible with me so I made it my mission in life to get him used to the car. At first, just while the car was parked in the drive way, I would take him in there to get treats or food. Then I started taking short trips just around the block and then a bit longer. I realized that being in his carrier or crate was making Bailey's car sickness worse for some reason. It helped a lot if someone else was driving and I was holding him in my lap (I know it's not very safe, but we did that for a while until he got more used to being in the car). Now, he has a Lookout car seat and goes for rides with me every day. He doesn't love the car yet, but he doesn't get sick anymore so I'm hoping he'll start enjoying it more.

It helps to wait a few hours after she's eaten before you take her in the car. Don't worry, little Violet will get better in the car...she just needs some time to get used to it since it's so new to her.
 

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Whatever works...I just know from experience, trial, error and advice from accredited veterinarians that the Valium worked when nothing else did. So, try whatever you like and listen to whatever advice you prefer. I did all that and the valium was the only thing that allowed us to be able to take Midis on trips...even short ones...without throwing up all over the place and feeling miserable. He actually seems to enjoy the trips now. And he doesn't seem in the least sedated or drugged. I'm sure they are all different, but the Vets maybe have the best advice, not the assistants or groomers.
 

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A couple of ginger snaps before and during the ride or a piece of fresh ginger chopped up in a capsule 15 minutes before the ride or you can get ginger capsules (just find out correct dosage for your pup). The last 2 are probably more effective than the snaps. Studies show ginger is more effective than dramamine, it's even effective in dealing with nausea from chemo - just a wonder for nausea/motion sickness and no side effects. :)
 

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Tucker has this problem. Cerenia is the only thing that I tried that worked. It is not expensive.
 

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Thank you to EVERYONE for your kind support and advice, it is SO appreciated :)

I, too, had a severe car sickness problem with Midis beginning with his trip home from the breeder! Everytime he was in the car he threw up. I tried Dramamine and it didn't help. Finally, a vet recommended 1/2 of a 2mg Valium (which I keep on hand for humans) to be given 1/2 hour before the trip. I did this prior to our car trip to Destin, FL (8 hour drive) and he never got sick the entire way, there or back! Repeated this this past weekend when we went to my hometown (3 hour drive) and he never got sick on the way there or back! Keep in mind Midis weighs 11 lbs so you need to talk to your vet about dosage for your dog.
Hi binniebee thanks for your input. I think I'd be afraid to drug up a 3 month old puppy with Valium at the first go-round. I like some of the other more "natural" advice given here such as k/c mom's musical advice, coconuts and Nikki's Mom's suggestion for the booster seat, and even puppy lover 's advice for something natural like ginger. I personally was NEVER a fan of drugs, I hate to even pop a asprin. If the ginger and music fails, THEN maybe I'll try the dramamine as a last resort. But before I do anything, I'm going to call the vet to ask his opinion.

I'm going to try bringing her out to the car to give her little treats 2 times today, and throughoput the week I'll gradually increase the frequency of bringing her out, then try backing out the driveway, then maybe at the end of the week I'll try short trips. But I think I'll try taking her out to the car on a leash instead of in the carrier. I also plan to get her a booster seat and try that approach. I think for the car ride this Saturday, I may try holding her on my lap and ask my husband to drive so I can soothe her and let her look out the window. Perhaps I'll even put the small donut bed (with a wee-wee pad liner) on my lap in case she gets sleepy. She DOES sleep a lot and I can't imagine her looking out the window for an hour each way. I'll arm myself with paper towels, dog bath wipes, extra pads, nature's miracle, and a change of clothes for the trip to be on the safe side :)

Oh, and BTW jmm, Violet was not walking around in the pet store, I was. She was in her carrier over my shoulder. Violet got sick while I was in there, not more than 3 minutes inside. The salesman in the store saw she was sitting in a puddle of vomit inside her carrier, took her to the sink to wash her paws, and suggested she get groomed. Would you bring home from FL to NY a puppy covered in vomit?
 

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Your vet can give you a dose of dramamine to try. Don't feed before the car ride and give the dramamine 30 minutes before leaving.
Your dog is associating getting in the car with feeling sick - how enthused would you be to do that? To make the car a happy place, feed her in the car. Don't turn it on, just go, sit, and feed her. Once she is happy to do that, do the same thing with the car on. You want to work up to pulling into and out of the drive way.
For dogs with carsickness that is really tough to treat, I like Cerenia. It is an anti-vomiting medication your vet has to prescribe.

On a side note, your puppy is too young to be wandering around pet shops and going to the groomer. You really need to wait until after 16 weeks of age to reduce the risk of her catching something like parvo.
Tucker has this problem. Cerenia is the only thing that I tried that worked. It is not expensive.
I looked up some info on Cerenia at Cerenia and it said:

Recommended for dogs 16 weeks of age and older

Violet is only 14 weeks. Maybe I'll call the vet and ask for his advice.
 

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I looked up some info on Cerenia at Cerenia and it said:

Recommended for dogs 16 weeks of age and older

Violet is only 14 weeks. Maybe I'll call the vet and ask for his advice.
Yup. The vet said Violet is too young for Cerenia.

Just wanted to share with you all a little update:

I bought a car seat and have been taking short trips around the corner with her, gradually increasing the duration of the trips. She seems to be adapting well to it. My vet actually recommended cutting a Dramamine pill in half (since she's only 4.5 lbs) and stuffing it into a piece of chicken 30 minutes before our 1 hour trip on Saturday. He said if we travel again within 24 hours, the 1/2 pill should be enough. I hate to give drugs to a puppy, but the vet said it couldn't hurt. I trust his advice.
 

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My vet actually recommended cutting a Dramamine pill in half (since she's only 4.5 lbs) and stuffing it into a piece of chicken 30 minutes before our 1 hour trip on Saturday. He said if we travel again within 24 hours, the 1/2 pill should be enough. I hate to give drugs to a puppy, but the vet said it couldn't hurt. I trust his advice.
Here's another update:

I gave Violet the 1/2 pill of Dramamine and it was a miracle... she didn't get sick in the car at all, and seemed to enjoy looking out the window of the car in her booster seat. Since she's so young, and naps often, after about 10 minutes she just snuggled into the carrier seat and fell asleep.

I've still been trying short trips with her in the carrier without drugging her, but 3 days after the long trip she vomited all over the front seat... after driving less than 1/2 a mile... thank GOD I had a wee-wee pad covering my fabric upholstery! I'm thinking that if I need to run errands, it's best that I leave her in her crate for an hour or two and save the Dramamine for only long trips.
 

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From everything you said, it sounds like car sickness, all right. Both my girls got car sick when I first picked them up from the breeder's, too. Eventually, they adapted to riding in the car. Never heard about ginger. Interesting.
 

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From everything you said, it sounds like car sickness, all right. Both my girls got car sick when I first picked them up from the breeder's, too. Eventually, they adapted to riding in the car. Never heard about ginger. Interesting.
Yeah, the ginger does sound interesting, I'd like to give that a try soon for a short trip. The vet said he didn't have too much faith in "holistic" remedies, but I think it's worth a try since ginger is so much more natural than Dramamine.
 

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My vet recommended benadryl for my small miniature schnauzer. He said to use the same dosage I give her from time to time for itchy skin.

I haven't tried it yet--may do so tomorrow. I'll let you know if it works. :)

Edited to add: He said it is chemically very similar to Dramamine
 

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Well, the Benadryl didn't work well enough. It had been at least 5 hours since her last meal, and she got the benadryl well before the trip.

It seemed like an especially bumpy ride, so maybe a better car is the answer. ;)
 
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