Flying With Snub-Nosed Dogs: A Comprehensive Guide for Safe Pet Air Travel PetRelocation
How to Transport Snub-Nosed Breeds Safely
Snub-nosed dogs, also known as brachycephalic breeds, are adored for their cute, squished faces. However, those endearing features also present unique challenges when it comes to air travel. Breeds such as Pugs, Boston Terriers, and English Bulldogs are more prone to breathing difficulties and overheating during travel, requiring special attention to ensure their safety and comfort.
As a pet owner, it's important to understand the precautions necessary for flying with snub-nosed pets, as well as the airline restrictions and temperature embargoes that may affect your travel plans. Read on for expert tips on how to transport snub-nosed dogs safely and confidently.
Tips for Flying with Snub-Nosed Pets
Every pet move is unique, but the following tips serve as general guidelines to ensure a successful journey for your snub-nosed furry companion:
Choose a Pet Friendly Airline
Select an airline with established pet programs that prioritize pet safety. If your pet cannot fly in the cabin, research carriers that use temperature-controlled vehicles and opt for manifest cargo travel rather than excess baggage. (Read about why this is our preferred option.)
When Choosing a Travel Kennel, “Size Up”
Select a travel crate one size larger than normally needed to allow for extra airflow. This improves ventilation, making a positive difference for pets with potential breathing challenges. Learn how to measure for and choose the right travel crate here.
Devote Time to Crate Training
Familiarize your pet with their travel kennel well before the move. The more comfortable your dog feels in the crate, the less stressful the experience. Explore our tips for crate training here.
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
Airline restrictions and seasonal embargoes can affect travel plans for snub-nosed pets. While pet-friendly airlines strive to accommodate temperature-sensitive breeds, many carriers impose travel restrictions during warmer months (typically mid-May to mid-September). This can make finding flights for snub-nosed dogs challenging during peak summer seasons. Always check with your chosen airline and PetRelocation Specialist to explore options and plan your pet's journey accordingly.
Trust the Experts at PetRelocation for Snub-Nosed Dog Travel
At PetRelocation, we understand the unique needs of snub-nosed breeds and are committed to providing the highest level of care and expertise. Our experienced team is here to assist you in navigating airline options, choosing the right travel crate, and preparing your pet for a safe and comfortable flight. Whether you're relocating domestically or internationally, we'll work closely with you to create a personalized travel plan tailored to your pet's needs.