Tips for Safe Air Travel With a Pug

Goonie the PugHi PetRelocation!

I'm considering the possibility of relocating to San Francisco, CA next year, but one of my main concerns right now is that I have a Pug and I would never leave him behind.

From my previous research I found out that it can be really problematic to take dogs with flat noses in airplanes, specially on such a long journey.

Have you guys ever done such a thing? Is it possible to do it with no risk? How can it be done?

Thank you very much!



Hi Felipe,

Thanks for your questions! Traveling with snub-nosed pets isn't necessarily impossible, but it does require extra care and attention to detail. We've helped many pugs and other brachycephalic breeds relocate and would be happy to offer some advice.

Please start by reading over these frequently asked pet travel questions as well as a few tips for flying with a snub-nosed dog. You will need to do some airline research if you decide to go forward, as many carriers have restrictions when it comes to flying certain breeds and flying pets during times of extreme temperature.

It's very important to choose a pet friendly airline—we often use United, KLM and Lufthansa, for example—and you'll also need to have a travel crate that's large enough to allow plenty of good airflow; usually we recommend Pugs go one size up. Of course, we highly recommend discussing any concerns you have with your vet, as well.

We would be happy to further discuss your options with you, Felipe. Please feel free to fill out our online consultation form or give our office a call to learn more about how to move your Pug safely.

You're also welcome to peruse our blog for stories about snub-nosed breeds who have traveled all over the world (you can start with Coco, Simba and Virgo's story.)

Thanks again, and good luck with everything!


Pet Travel Question Details:

Name: Felipe
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Pug
From: Stockholm, Sweden
To: San Francisco, CA, USA


Contact PetRelocation for help with moving your snub-nosed pet safely!


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By marilyn tallack on September 20, 2017 at 11:40 am

Our pug is 6 and half years old , is 26 lbs , and we have already checked with Westjet airlines as they fly dogs. Its a 3 hr flight and wondering if it is ok to take her as we feel we dont want to leave her behind for the two months we are gone away. We usually drive to this location for two days but unable at this time . They informed us if a vet says she is healthy its ok to fly her . Also that the pressure and temperature where the kennel goes in with the baggage up front is same as the cabin .. Just wondering if we can have your insight on this please.

By on September 21, 2017 at 9:14 am

Hi Marilyn, thanks for your comment!

Though the flight may seem long, please know that we've helped many Pugs travel safely on even longer flights (to places like Australia). The airlines was correct in that the conditions in cargo actually match the temperature and pressure conditions in cabin. If you would like to read more on cargo travel, we have a very insightful blog here to help.

In the end, the decision on whether or not your Pug should travel is ultimately up to you and your vet. Just keep in mind that crate training is key, as is making sure your dog is in good health.

Hope this helps and best of luck with everything!

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