Some owners say to deprive your dog of food and water the day of travel. We felt this was cruel and unusual. Imagine if we starved before a long plane ride? We’d probably feel nauseous and end up pigging out on free pretzels on our flight, then terribly regretting it.
We kept our dog on his usual eating schedule. One thing we were mindful of is flight times – we chose an evening flight (our dog is a morning dog) when we knew he would be more sleepy.
Just make sure your dog has the opportunity to fully empty his bladder and bowels before the airplane ride, even if it means walking him around the airport in laps until he goes.