They can still often travel safely, but it’s important to know that snub-nosed pets such as Pugs, Boston Terriers and English Bulldogs are more likely to experience breathing issues and overheating during travel.
Pet owners with snub-nosed (also known as brachycephalic) breeds will need to take special precautions when planning their relocations to make sure their furry family members are set up for success, and it’s also important to research airline restrictions and temperature embargoes that may affect you.
Read on for more information about how to transport snub-nosed dogs safely.
Tips for Flying with Snub-Nosed Pets
Note: Every pet move is a little different, so let these tips serve as general guidelines and contact a PetRelocation Specialist to learn more about your specific relocation options. We'd be happy to help!
Choose a Pet Friendly Airline
This is important for all traveling pets, but it’s especially important for more delicate breeds to be under the care of airlines that operate with established pet programs. If your pet cannot fly in the cabin, do some research to ensure your carrier uses temperature controlled vehicles and choose to fly your pet via manifest cargo rather than excess baggage. (Read about why this is our preferred option.)
When Choosing a Travel Kennel, “Size Up”
Using a travel crate that’s one size larger than you would normally need allows for extra airflow, which make an important and positive difference for pets with potential stress and breathing issues. Learn how to measure for and choose the right travel crate here.
Devote Time to Crate Training
After you have the right crate, help your pet get used to it in the weeks before your move using these tips. The more comfortable your dog feels in the travel kennel, the less stressful the experience of relocating will be.
Talk to Your Vet
Before you make solid travel plans, discuss your concerns and situation with your trusted veterinarian. You and your vet know best when it comes to your pet’s well-being, so this is the time to discuss whether any medications, tests, or weight loss plans may be needed.
Make Hydration a Priority
Before any pet flies, it’s highly important to help them hydrate as much as possible. During flight, water will be available to pets via the water dishes attached to the crate, but try to offer as much water as you can before pets are checked in and help them rehydrate as quickly as possible after they land.
Air Travel Restrictions for Snub-Nosed Dogs
Though more pet friendly airlines aren’t as affected by temperature, many carriers still observe seasonal embargoes that apply to snub-nosed pets. It can be more difficult to find a flight for a Pug or other snub-nosed dog during the warmer months (generally mid-May to mid-September), so double check with the airline and with your PetRelocation Specialist to find out more about your options.