Planning Safe Air Travel With a Pug
Hi! I got so happy to know that there is a company like this to help pet owners. I would like to know if it would be possible to safely transport my 4-year-old pug to Sweden.
All the documentation is fine, but I am so scared about the 11 hour flight from Brazil to Europe. (Especially when I think that there will be one connecting flight in Europe.) Please, I need to know the truth about the future of my dearest dog.
Thank you very much in advance,
Thanks for your questions! Your concerns are certainly understandable, but just know that most pet owners find that their fears begin to disappear the more they learn about the pet travel process. Even traveling with snub-nosed breeds can be managed safely with the right preparations.
Before you do anything else, we advise sitting down for an honest talk with your vet about your dog's health. He or she may advise that you help your pet lose a little weight and work to help your dog grow accustomed to the travel crate. This cuts down on the chances that your pug will feel overly stressed during the flight and experience the breathing difficulties these breeds are known for.
Another important thing to do is choose a pet friendly airline. Some carriers have better pet policies than others (we often use KLM, United and Lufthansa, who all have experience shipping pets safely). This also gives you options like taking advantage of Lufthansa's animal lounge in Frankfurt, a facility that allows pets to have a break in the middle of their journey.
Finally, for pugs we recommend choosing a travel crate that's plenty large enough (maybe even one size bigger than you would normally need) to ensure that there is plenty of breathing room. For pet travel in general, it's important to start out well-hydrated, too.
Finally, here is some information about pet cargo travel that may help to show this is a much safer method of travel than most people initially believe.
Hopefully this helps to answer a few of your questions about going to Sweden with your dog, but if you're still wondering about anything and would like assistance, please fill out our online consultation form. Thanks for contacting us, and good luck with everything!
Pet Travel Question Details:
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Pug
From: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
To: Stockholm, Sweden