Items needed before you go
Some form of ID * Your flight schedule * Conformation number * blanket and paper towel
- Before you go to the airport to pick up your puppy make sure you have called the airline (have your confirmation on hand) to confirm that flights arrival and exactly where to pick up your puppy from the airport. IF you are picking your puppy up from the Airlines cargo area this is a building separate from the actual airport You can ask for the # to cargo from the airline they will give it to you call that # and the cargo works will give you directions
- Bring bottled water and offer to the puppy before you travel home. Only feed puppy one tablespoon of moist food if you are 2 or more hours from the airport. Your puppy was feed before departure and will be traveling for about 4 – 8 hours (depending on if you are on the coast or midwest)
- If your puppy is 2 lbs or less upon arrival offer them one pea size of Nutra cal or Nutra stat (same stuff). Let your puppy walk around to get their legs before you begin to travel again
- Make sure you take off the information that is taped to the top of your shipping crate this contains Shot record Health certificate Registration papers Contract. DON’T LEAVE PICKUP AREA WITHOUT THIS INFORMATION IT IS A VERY DIFFICULT, EXPENSIVE AND LONG DRAWN OUT PROCESS TO GET DUPLICATE REGISTRATION PAPERS!
- If possible, hold your puppy when traveling home, many puppies will get car sick after traveling If the puppy is drooling or has thrown up “ don’t worry” this is normal. This happens more times when a puppy travels in a small shipping crate. Comfort your puppy and keep them cozy with your towel and out cold drafts.
- When you get home take your puppy outside to potty and get some exercise. Odds are they will have to potty. Allow 15 – 20 minutes playtime Then offer your puppy dry food mixed with 1 part moist with two parts dry. For the first week please full feed you puppy their dry food (they eat as much as they want) make sure your puppy is eating and drinking and has firm stools within the first 48 hours. If your puppy for some reason is refusing to eat try these different additives for the first few meals place in a separate plate or bowl plain yogurt, cottage cheese or meat flavored “first step baby food “beef, chicken, veal flavored sticks This is not a permanent diet, your puppy must be eating SOMETHING within the first 24 hours. PUPPIES under 3 lbs upon arrival will need Nutra cal is given the size of a large pea for breakfast and bedtime for two weeks then just at bedtime for the third week. Use this product sparingly one whole tube will last almost your puppy lifetime.
- Your puppy must see the vet within 72 hours of arrival in your home. Bring shot record and health certificate your vet will pick up where we left off. Depending on the age of your puppy will determine IF the vet will give shots on that first visit. We recommend not giving a rabies shot till your puppy is 4 months old.
- Do not use your shipping crate to “ crate train “ your puppy This is only used for travel purposes only It is the solid side with only vent holes. You will need to buy an open larger crate if you decided to care to train your puppy
- When you take the puppy to vet KEEP IN CARRIER AT ALL TIMES. UPON ARRIVAL AND AFTER (the deadly parvovirus is passed from one to another by peoples foot ware like shoes boots etc! ) Do not let puppy come in contact with other dogs. Remember when a puppy gets a shot their bodies will need up to 10 days to build up immunity for that particular disease please keep your puppy indoors with no visitors for at least 10 days!
- Do not take the puppy out in public for up to one week allow adjusting to the new home environment.