Traveling with a Pug &
1st Days Care
Want to be ready for the traveling to pickup your puppy?
Want to know what you should do immediately when you get home?
As a pug breeder, we understand that welcoming a new puppy into your home is a big step. We want to make sure that you have all the information you need to give your pup the best care. This page will help you get prepared for traveling with a pug puppy and know what you should do once you get home that first exciting day!
Traveling with your pug puppy:
Items for Travel -
*Crate big enough for puppy to stand up and turn around freely. Make sure it has venting on all sides.
*Water bowl and Water
*Food Bowl (we give you a small amount for travel)
*Pee pads - We do usually supply you with a couple pads but pending how long your trip is you may need more.
*Soft blanket for bottom of crate. Fold up you blanket to fit and then wrap it with a pee pad.
In most cases we supply you with: Sample of food, Chews, a Little Blankie, and Couple Pee Pads, Collar you can put a tag on. There are other goody's in your bag but these ones help with your travel!
Travel & Exposure to Puppy-
Don't put your puppy on the ground anywhere in public. Until s/he is about 4 months old and has all her/his puppy vaccines done s/he is at great risk for picking up harmful viruses and parasites. Puppy vaccines are done every 2 to 4 weeks because all puppy vaccines "take" and start providing protection at different ages. Puppy's need to lose their mom's antibody protection they received in the colostrum first few hours of life before vaccines will "take" and actually provide protection. Some pup's antibodies wear off around 6 weeks others do not till 4 months which is why puppy's get a series of vaccines to help protect those it can along the way and why adults even strays with no history only need one set of vaccines for the year because as adults the vaccines "take". This is also why there can be a protection gap as they lose mom's immunity (somewhere between 6 weeks and 4 months old) and before their next vaccine as no one knows which vaccines will be the one to start working. It also takes a week after receiving vaccines for them to start to gain protection as long as mom's antibodies have worn off. Your puppy's body needs time to start building those new antibodies on their own afterwards is not immediate protection
During the trip just have a pee pad in her/his crate, a little shallow bowl of water and food although s/he will not likely drink or eat much but it will be there should s/he want it.
Other Animals and your puppy -
You will want to keep her/him away from other animals (other than your current dogs if you have any) and places other animals frequent until puppy vaccines are done. Keep in mind if an older dog or person that say visits pet stores or a park can easily track back viruses and parasites they have immunity to and give it to puppy. So even though people want to share their brand new puppy it's best to wait till 4 months and then socialize them as often as you can and bring her/him everywhere you can. Pug puppies do great starting socializing at 4 months and are inquisitive and full of curiosity.
Once You are Home with your Pug Puppy
What to do immediately when you get home -
During travel s/he will likely sleep the entire way. Puppies usually will not eat during travel. Once home put her/him in a dark quite room with food, water, and pad. Leave her/him there for a couple hours so s/he can feel safe and comfortable to eat, drink, and potty. It gives her/him time to get used to the new smells in her/his new home and get comfortable with them as well before everyone wants to hold and play with her/him. Since her/his environment and everything changed it's important to give her/him this time alone in a quiet dark room to decompress and get familiar with her/his new home in a gentle way through scent first. Puppies will usually take this time to after a little decompressing, looking, smelling, and starting to feel comfortable, to getting familiar with the room to eat and drink which is important for little young puppies. After a few hours s/he can come out and meet everyone and start to get introduced to other rooms, Do not be alarmed if you puppy pants on the heavy side under the stress of changing environments. It is completely normal and should subside within a day or two as they get more comfortable.
If your puppy is not eating or eating very little -
As for feeding make sure you have Tomlyn Nutritional Gel for the first few days so during travel you can give her/him some to take the place of eating and keep her/his glucose levels up. You just put a big ole dab on her/his gums and roof of her/his mouth and it will help during her/his transition. Light Karo Syrup can help if you can't find Tomlyn Nutritional Gel for glucose levels but it does lack vitamins and minerals. After you give your puppy Tomlyn or Light Karo Syrup please put them in dimmlu lit room to decompress feel safe so they can eat and drink. See what to do immediately when you get home section above.
We suggest free feeding (keeping food out at all times) to prevent not only hypoglycemia but food aggression as they don't feel like the food is limited resource they must guard. It also helps them not gobble down food afraid that it won't be there soon if they don't. Gobbling down the food can lead to digestive issues. When the food is left out they usually graze on it and eat it slowly which is very important! If you want to do a schedule let her/him eat as much as s/he wants for 20 mins 4 times a day until s/he is 5 to 6 pounds when her/his body will start regulating glucose without the need to eat more often. At about 6 pounds you can feed 3 times a day and then at 6 months you can feed twice a day and start regulating the amount s/he eats if you wish. Puppies rarely become overweight till they are spayed/neutered when their hormones change and food will no longer be burned as fast.
We feed Royal Canin Small Puppy and they should be on this till about 4 months and you can change them after that. Puppies do amazing on this food up to about 4 months old and then we find that they do best on Farmina's anestrial line of foods. Our adults main food is Farmina but we also feed Royal Canin and Proplan Sport 30/20 chicken and rice.
Canned Food (Royal Cannin) -
We also give puppy's canned wet food just in the morning. Let them eat as much as they want then discarded the rest before it goes bad. We leave the dry out entire day for them to graze on at will. We highly suggest using Royal Canin Puppy - Appetite Stimulation. Don't worry this food does not make your puppy hungrier it just has extra amora to help entice puppy to eat.