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Flying a snub nosed dog breed

bulldog wingsA snub nosed dog breed is a term used to describe dogs that have a shorter than normal snout, also called brachycephalic. Some examples of short nosed breeds are Bulldogs, Pugs, Boston terriers, Shih tzus, lhasa Apsos, Pit Bull Terriers, Chow Chow, Mastiffs, Boxers, Pekingese, etc. Short snout dog’s noses and sinuses are compressed, causing smaller nostrils and a narrowed windpipe. The very characteristics that make snub nosed dogs so cute and distinctive, also make them not as efficient breathers as other breeds. Not only is it harder for them to breathe, it is also harder for a snub nosed dog to cool down. This makes them even more susceptible to air quality and temperature changes that may be encountered during air travel.

bordeauxFor these reasons, flying a snub nosed dog can be a health concern. But with the right help and planning from a pet shipping expert, some of the risks can be reduced.

Most airlines have restrictions for all dogs traveling during summer and winter, but their restrictions are even stricter for snub nosed breeds. Some airlines refuse to fly short snout dogs all together. A pet shipping expert can help you find an airline that will ship snub nosed dogs. The requirements for flying snub nosed dogs are usually that the forecasted temperature at all points during the flight be over 45F and under 85F. Planing ahead of time to fly your snub nosed dog can make all the difference. Pick your flight carefully so it is the shortest possible, direct flights are best. Plan for an ideal time of day too, avoiding the middle of the day during the hotter months and the late night and early morning times during the colder months.

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Make sure your pet is healthy and at an ideal weight. Dogs who are overweight have an even harder time breathing, so it is very important for snub nosed dogs to be at a healthy weight. Your veterinarian can help you reach your dog’s ideal weight ahead of travel.

 

pugBuy a custom crate from a pet shipping expert that provides great airflow and at least an extra 4 to 6 inches of space from every dimension than the normal requirements. Or buy at least one size larger crate than the average for your dog’s weight and size. Get your snub nosed dog used to the travel crate way in advance so he’s comfortable in it and not nervous. Take him on car rides inside his crate so he can get used to the movement, and reward all calm behavior.

pekingeseTo minimize the risk of overheating, we suggest a very thin blanket or paper to line their travel crate instead of a thick blanket or towel. Frozen water bottles with little holes in them can provide cool water throughout the flight while avoiding a bowl being overturned during the flight. Also provide empty bowl so the pet care crew can water and feed your dog in case of delays.

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That being said, our network of pet shipping experts can also arrange for air conditioned ground transportation where necessary.

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This story was written by Agatha Weisz