Written by Doris Donnerman (last updated February 17, 2009)
Whenever you go traveling, sometimes you just want your pet to come along. This isn't unusual, and it's completely understandable how you would want your favorite buddy to come along for the ride. You don't always drive everywhere though, and sometimes you have to fly with your pet. This can always be an interesting adventure because flying with pets takes a significant amount of extra paperwork and responsibility. When you fly with pug-nosed pets, however, you need to take extra precautions to ensure a safe flight for your pet.
The thing with pug-nosed pets is that their shortened nasal passages make them especially vulnerable to the negative effects of the reduced oxygen flow and the increased risk for heat stroke. So, when you fly with your pug-nosed pets, you really need to do your research to make sure that you're doing what's best and safe for your pet. Pug-nosed pets include chow chows, Pekinese, and Persian cats. The pet hold for the pets that are flying on the airplane is conditioned and pressurized, but the still relatively unstable conditions provide for the need to be super careful.
Before you set out on your flying adventure with your pug-nosed pet, you need to take special precautions. Do your homework, and make sure that you know all the necessary procedures that are required by the airline you are flying. Some airlines are extremely stringent about their pet carrying policies, and so you need to definitely be aware of those. There are certain airlines that won't even allow pet nosed pets to fly at all, and so if you're set on flying with your pug-nosed pet, you need to make sure that the airline you're flying even allows pug-nosed pets on the aircraft. You also might want to check into flying with your pet with you in the cabin. This would probably be the safest route for you to take, but you'll need to make sure that the airline's policies on flying with pets allows you to fly with your pug nose.
Before you take off to your destination, you should consult with your veterinarian to see if it's okay for your pug-nosed pet to fly at all. The acceptability of pug-nosed pets flying is largely contingent on the specific animal; certain pets have special conditions, and so it would definitely be wise to take your pet to the vet and see if there's anything that should prevent your pet from flying. Having a professional opinion can give you added confidence in flying with your pet.
So, if you decide to fly with your pug-nosed pet, you definitely need to make sure that you're doing everything right. Your greatest concern is to keep your pet safe and if that means not flying with your pet, then that's what you should do.
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