Hi guys ~
6 more days until Faith comes!!
I am so excited!
I am wondering if any of you have ever heard of a process called carbohydrate loading..???
This information is taken from www.continental.com and says this:
I asked the vet around here and she said that although it's not mandatory to do, because of the age and size of the puppy I should consider buying something called "nutrapet" which is basically the same thing and if she looks lethargic or like she's not getting enough then give her a finger full of that.Continental Airlines' consulting Veterinarian recommends that customers shipping small or toy breeds that are less than 12 weeks old and less than 3 lb (approx 1.5 kg) follow these precautionary steps to ensure their safe transportation:
Do not vaccinate these puppies within 3 days of transport
Do not worm these puppies within 3 days of transport
Ensure that no medical procedures are performed on the puppy within 3 days of transport
Use honey or White Karo syrup for "carbohydrate loading" for the 24-hour period just prior to shipping (to help maintain glucose levels in the puppy while in transit).
Continental's consulting veterinarian recommends these steps because a puppy less than 3 lb (approximately 1.5 kg) and 16 weeks of age cannot store glycogen in its liver which means it may not be able to regulate its own sugar/glucose levels. Lowered glucose levels in these pups could result in hypoglycemic episodes including seizures, reduction of body temperature (hypothermia) and could severely compromise the health of your pet.
What do yall suggest?