Before the Trip
Pets can be sensitive to change. Try to stick to your usual routine and keep your dog’s life as normal as possible. Maintain the usual schedule of meals and exercise. If possible, let your dog become accustomed to its crate. Putting a special tidbit inside can be a good way of helping a pet associate the crate with good things. Make a very comfortable, tempting bed inside the crate, too. Don’t close the dog into the crate just yet. Instead, leave the crate door open to allow your dog to explore the crate and sniff it inside and out – and perhaps discover that this can be a comfortable place to take a nap.
At Pick-Up Time
The way you act at pick-up time is crucial to how your dog feels. Be as upbeat as you can and convey a sense of confidence. A lengthy, emotional departure will cause your pet unnecessary anxiety.
• Food: Try to keep to your usual schedule of meals and exercise, but
avoid giving a large meal shortly before departure. A light meal
approximately four hours before flight time is good, and an exercise
session will promote a bowel movement and help your dog relax during
transit. Please prepare two portions of your dog’s food in two separate
plastic bags. We will attach these portions to the outside of the crate
at pick-up time, and they will be available in the event that your dog’s
trip is delayed.
• Bedding: If you wish to provide bedding for your pet’s comfort and
security, please do. We recommend a small blanket or towel. Please
don’t use a large bed that could become hot and uncomfortable, and
don’t include large bones or other heavy items that could be dangerous
in the event of turbulence. A small blanket that smells of home is fine,
but avoid blankets with holes or a loose weave since these can become
caught in the dog’s paws and cause distress.
At Your New Home
You can help your pet adapt by resuming your normal routine as soon as possible. Offer drinking water and a light meal as soon as you reach your new home, but don’t be surprised if your dog doesn’t want to eat right away. Resume your normal schedule of feeding and exercising as soon as you can.
-- From Pet Express
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