flying a pug

Flying A Pug

Before you plan your pug’s flight, it’s important to know that flying a pug comes with some considerations. Pugs belong to the category of snub-nosed breeds, commonly known as brachycephalic breeds due to their scrunched-up faces. While these facial features make pugs adorable and distinctive, they also pose challenges to their breathing efficiency. Their compressed noses and sinuses result in smaller nostrils and a narrowed windpipe, making it harder for them to breathe and regulate temperature.

When scheduling a flight for your pug, timing is crucial. Opt for flights in the spring or fall when the weather is mild, avoiding extreme temperatures. Aim for temperatures between 45˚F and 85˚F at all airports along the journey.

Consulting with your veterinarian is a must before flying your pug, given their predisposition to health issues. Ensure your pug is in good health, possibly requiring a pre-travel diet to address weight concerns and minimize health risks.

Choosing the right travel crate is essential. Select a crate at least one size larger than the standard for your pug’s weight and size to allow for optimal airflow during the flight. Use a thin blanket or paper in the crate instead of a thick one to prevent overheating.

To keep your pug comfortable during the journey, consider using frozen water bottles with holes for continuous cool water supply. Provide an empty bowl for pet care crews to feed and water your pug in case of delays.

Flying restrictions vary among airlines, so it’s advisable to enlist the help of a pug shipping expert. They can assist in booking suitable flights, provide and customize crates, and handle documentation for a safe and comfortable flight for your pug.

Learn about BOAS Pet Shipper Certification and the importance of it when choosing a pet relocation company!

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