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???