If you’re the proud parent of a short-nosed fur baby, don’t splurge on that new airline style crate just yet. In July 2010, the U.S. Department of Transportation released statistics showing that short-nosed breeds including pugs, Boston Terriers, boxers, Pekingese, Lhasa Apsos, Shih tzus, bull dogs, some mastiffs, and some cats, are more likely to die during air travel than animals with average-length snouts. Due to decreased space for sinuses and nasal passages, brachycephalic pooches are substantially more likely to suffer from respiratory issues while in-air. For this reason, most commercial airlines have banned and/or placed heavy restrictions and specifications on travel with a short-nosed pet.
When traveling with short-nosed breeds, it’s extremely important to do your homework. Depending on which airline you’re using, some breeds may only be able to fly during certain months -- or not at all. If your pet weighs less than 20 pounds and isn’t a member of a restricted breed, you may be able to bring it along as a carry on. Larger animals and animals that are blatantly banned, however, have two options: a pricey ticket on a private jet or keeping their paws on solid ground. Some private airlines offer in-flight pet attendants for short-nosed breeds; if you choose to fly your pet, always call your airline to inquire as to what options you and your pet have.
Ground transport is safer for short nosed breeds, and saves you headaches. Shipping your pet with Pets On Board cuts out the need for reading the fine print and ensures that your pet will be personally cared for by one of our professional, trustworthy carriers. Our drivers have successfully relocated hundreds of animals; we possess the tools and knowledge to ensure a stress free travel experience for both you and your pet.