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So, I leave Tuesday morning to pick up my puppy in florida...I'm nervous about the flight home. Does anyone have any advice they can give? We have an 8am non stop flight. Actual flight is 2:40 long. I plan to bring a blanket that we rub on mom, a couple different chew toys (plush, nylabone, other small rubber chew thing). I'm nervous about having to potty. I'm bringing pee pads. I know to take him to the ladies room and put it down in a stall. How well I know if he has to go if he's stuck in how carrier? I read to not feed him that morning. Should I offer him some kibble in flight? Also read about ice cubes so he doesn't get dehydrated.

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So, I leave Tuesday morning to pick up my puppy in florida...I'm nervous about the flight home. Does anyone have any advice they can give? We have an 8am non stop flight. Actual flight is 2:40 long. I plan to bring a blanket that we rub on mom, a couple different chew toys (plush, nylabone, other small rubber chew thing). I'm nervous about having to potty. I'm bringing pee pads. I know to take him to the ladies room and put it down in a stall. How well I know if he has to go if he's stuck in how carrier? I read to not feed him that morning. Should I offer him some kibble in flight? Also read about ice cubes so he doesn't get dehydrated.

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I would definitely NOT feed him on the flight, and, honestly, he won't get dehydrated on a flight of that length either. Just give him a drink after getting off the plane.

My breeders supplied stuffed animals that smelled like the litter (and mom), so that was taken care of. Both my puppies who flew home, got sick once on the LONG (two hour) ride to the airport, but were absolutely fine on the plane. (my third puppy was only a car ride from home, as she was bred by a local friend) With each of the two who flew, I just made sure I gave them a chance to potty and have a drink before getting on the plane, and again as soon as we got off. They both did great.


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Should I feed him a later dinner Tuesday night? And then nothing Wednesday morning until we land at home? I figure we'll be up and moving at 5a and touch down at 11a.

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Should I feed him a later dinner Tuesday night? And then nothing Wednesday morning until we land at home? I figure we'll be up and moving at 5a and touch down at 11a.

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You could certainly give him a little snack late in the evening the night before. That will be out of his stomach by the morning.
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A friend gave me the advice to use the family restroom, and we have done that and it works very well. You can just go in and close the door, put down a potty pad and let the puppy run a little. You don't have to worry about puppy darting out from under the stall, so it is a bit more relaxing for all.

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A friend gave me the advice to use the family restroom, and we have done that and it works very well. You can just go in and close the door, put down a potty pad and let the puppy run a little. You don't have to worry about puppy darting out from under the stall, so it is a bit more relaxing for all.
Didn't think of that! That's a fantastic idea!

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So, I leave Tuesday morning to pick up my puppy in florida...I'm nervous about the flight home. Does anyone have any advice they can give? We have an 8am non stop flight. Actual flight is 2:40 long. I plan to bring a blanket that we rub on mom, a couple different chew toys (plush, nylabone, other small rubber chew thing). I'm nervous about having to potty. I'm bringing pee pads. I know to take him to the ladies room and put it down in a stall. How well I know if he has to go if he's stuck in how carrier? I read to not feed him that morning. Should I offer him some kibble in flight? Also read about ice cubes so he doesn't get dehydrated.

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Many airports have a pet relief area so you can take the puppy in there to run around on the fake grass before you get on the plane (though I guess depending on his vaccination level you might want to be careful in case other dogs are there - though most of them will have a health certificate and be up to date on their vaccines). As for how he'll do in flight - it's not a super long flight so if you can take him out of his carry case before you get on the plane (family bathroom or the relief area) he'll probably be fine. I do take Perry into the restroom on the plane and put down a pad ,but he's yet to actually use it (he's got super human ability to hold it when we're traveling). I wouldn't wait for him to tell you that he needs to go when he's in his bag, maybe just go to the bathroom and take him out once an hour (I assume he's still a baby). If you're lucky enough to have an empty seat beside you, you can also put his carry bag on the seat and unzip it enough to stick your hand in if he gets fussy.

As for feeding - on that length I wouldn't worry about it. I do give Perry a little water occasionally when we're flying (but we're looking at total travel time between 20-25 hours)

I've been lucky (fingers crossed it continues) that Perry just chills and is quiet in his carrier, but when he does get a little restless I either take him to the bathroom so he can stretch a little OR stick my hand inside the crate with him - and I make sure he has his toys.
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I brought Loki home on the plane and he did great. It was about an hour drive from the breeder to the airport (he cried a little in his carrier when we left the breeder's house), the rental car return, through security etc. So probably an hour and half all together. I tried taking him to the family bathroom but he wouldn't go. We sat there for 5 minutes, then I felt guilty for taken up the bathroom. He slept the whole time on the plane - another hour and a half. He woke up when the plane touched down. We had to take a bus from the plane to the terminal. He started crying. I knew he had to pee but there was nothing I could do. By the time I got to the bathroom to let him out, he had peed in the carrier. Not a big deal. I wiped him off with the the puppy wipes I had with me, and put a dry pad in the carrier. Luckily we only live 5 minutes from the airport. When we got home, I plopped him in the sink. Wouldn't you know - the one thing I forgot to buy - puppy shampoo.

Since then we have flown twice. He is great. He sleeps in his carrier the whole time. I don't feed him before we fly. Even though he has never been motion sick. I worry if we did have a bumpy flight he would get sick.
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I don't feed him before we fly. Even though he has never been motion sick. I worry if we did have a bumpy flight he would get sick.
We avoid food on different parts of a trip for different reasons. On the drive to the airport (from the US usually the night before) we avoid it because Perry gets motion sick in cars - but on the plane it's because I want to avoid the poop - he doesn't seem to be anxious or motion sick on the plane.
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Thanks for all the replies! I'm on the plane now!

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