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feeding and air travel with dog

as you know django has a new found love for his kibble! in the past when we traveled by air, feeding him was never an issue, he had no interest. now, that's all changed. i need some tips on feeding and travel, i have a 1:00 flight in the afternoon. he usually poops first thing in the morning 6-7:00 a.m. and then again at 4:00 p.m . i feed him first thing in the morning and again around 3-4:00 in the afternoon. when should i feed him in the morning? i want him to have time to process his food but my flight is 2 1/2 hours so we get in around 3ish. any suggestions?
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I fly with Lola alot and usually forgo the feeding that would be within 6 hours of the flight. So django should be able to process everything from the 6am morning feed before your flight. Lola also is at 1.5 years much better at holding it and being good on the plane and in the airport. She flew across country last week with a delayed layover and even when I took her out of her carrier, she did not show any interest in pooping. She didn't do it until hours later when we were well settled in at our destination. I think they get occupied my other things. I also withhold liquids for a few hours before and then give her bits as we travel. She will pee on a pad in the airport, but not often. When she was younger, there was much more need to focus on elimination than this year. Lola seemed not to be so worried about it and much more interested in her surroundings. I also slipped her some jerky treats occasionally, and that did not send anything into action.

Glad you and django are traveling together. It is fun!

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Everything Anne said sounds good to me...except...Havee gets motion sickness so in our case, we'd skip the morning meal with him. We'd limit the water too. I think you'll find that django will travel very well and easily!


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I'm just so happy to hear Django is feeling so good!!!!!
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I always wondered how this worked with air travel.

When I first got Henry and was at some playdate, I met a guy who regularly travels with his havanese in-cabin to Finland. Does one take the dog into the lavatory with a pee-pad after walking it up and down the aisles?
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I always wondered how this worked with air travel.

When I first got Henry and was at some playdate, I met a guy who regularly travels with his havanese in-cabin to Finland. Does one take the dog into the lavatory with a pee-pad after walking it up and down the aisles?
But, wouldn't that be priceless?!

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Sheri - after talking to the guy , I immediately got competitive and a few months later booked Henry on a short-flight to go visit with my parents. Newark NJ to Albany NY. 30 minute morning flight. no food or water till we got there. But the flight back did bring on #2 before boarding in Albany and I cleaned that up quick enough. All the airport personnel at Albany loved him of coarse.
So now I can say Henry has flown!
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Moxie and I fly regularly across country, he does better than I do and is probably more comfy than I am in my tiny airline seat! I feed and water him normally, make sure he gets out twice, then off we go. I have trained him since day one to be cozy in his bag and he knows the drill.

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django doesn;t like his sherpa bag but he goes along with it becaue he knows he's coming with us. i put my foot in the bag to give him comfort smells while in flight. i have never given him water or treats while he's in the bag, he sleeps the entire time. so, to get it straight, if i feed him around 7:00 that should give him enough time to process his food and not have to poop until we land?
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I've taken Stella along to Boston with me twice now. We leave here at 5AM and don't arrive there until 5PM. I take her food and water away at 10PM the night before and then don't feed or water her again until we get there per my vet's instructions. It works well for us and she does beautifully. I go out there at least twice a year and plan to take her as often as possible.

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