Pet shipping, summer pet shipping

Are you looking to relocate your pet ? There are many things to consider when relocating your pet, such as the import rules and regulations of the country you are relocating your pet to. In addition to that, the breed of your pet and temperatures certainly factor in when shipping during the hot summer months. Most airlines have restrictions on brachicephalic or “snub nose” breeds during the summer months and when temperatures exceed 75 degrees. Extra care is required when these snub nosed  breeds travel because they often have hereditary respiratory problems. These animals are susceptible to increased risk of heat stroke and breathing problems when exposed to stress or extreme heat. Please refer to the lists below detailing these specific breeds.

Summer pet shipping





Delta airlines pet shippingDELTA AIRLINES PET SHIPPING :- No pets are accepted as checked baggage year round if the temperatures exceed 85 degrees at any port of origin, transit, or destination. During the months of May 15- Sept 15, no pets are accepted as checked baggage.  Snub nose breeds may not ship at any time as cargo when temperatures exceed 75 degree


Snub- or Pug-nosed Dogs

Snub-nosed Cats

American Bulldog
American Staffordshire Terrier
American Pit Bull Terrier
Boston Terrier
Brussels Griffin
Chinese Pug
Chow Chow
Dutch Pug
English Bulldog
English Toy Spaniel
French Bulldog

Lhasa Apso
Japanese Boxer
Japanese Pug
Japanese Spaniel (Chin)
Mastiff (all breeds)
Pit Bull
Shar Pei
Shih Tzu
Staffordshire Bull Terrier
Tibetan Spaniel





United pet shippingUNITED AIRLINES PET SHIPPING : On the recommendation of our consulting veterinarian, United requires customers to follow these guidelines to reduce stress and heat exposure when shipping or handling the breeds starred above:

  • Use a kennel that is one size larger than normally required.
  • Use a kennel with ventilation on four sides. (If the kennel does not have ventilation on four sides, modify the kennel by drilling seven holes in the rear top and seven holes in the rear bottom of the kennel using a 3/4-inch keyhole bit.)
  • Acclimate the pet to the kennel by letting the animal spend time in the kennel for several days before its departure.
  • Include water but not food in the kennel during the flight


  • American Bulldog*
  • Boston Terrier*
  • Boxer
  • Brussels Griffon
  • Bull Terrier
  • Dutch Pug*
  • English Toy Spaniel
  • Japanese Chin
  • Japanese Pug*
  • King Charles Spaniel
  • Lhasa Apso
  • Pekingese
  • Shar-Pei
  • Shih Tzu


Embargo for adult Bulldogs

United does not accept English Bulldogs, French Bulldogs, Olde English Bulldogs or mixes of these breeds that are older than six months or weigh more than 20 pounds at any time of year. Dogs of these breeds and their mixes that are younger than six months or weigh less than 20 pounds are accepted year-round. Refer to the shipping requirements in the short-nosed (brachycephalic) dog breeds section to ensure the safety of your animal.

All American Bulldogs, Boston Terriers, Pugs and breed mixes

United will accept American Bulldogs, Boston Terriers, Pugs and mixes of these breeds according to the following conditions:

  • Puppies of these breeds that are between eight weeks and six months of age or weigh less than 20 pounds (9 kg) will be accepted at any time of the year for travel within the U.S. and Puerto Rico. For more information on puppies being imported to the U.S., please see the restrictions for puppies section below.
  • Adults of these breeds that are older than six months of age or weigh more than 20 pounds (9 kg) are subject to the following restrictions:
    • May 15 – September 15: None will be accepted.
    • September 16 – May 14: These animals will be accepted as long as the forecasted temperatures along the itinerary are expected to be no higher than 85°F (29°C) at the time when the animal’s flights are scheduled to arrive and depart. Animals with connecting flights may also be kenneled during the day to avoid the heat.


American airlines pet shipping


Temperature Policy

Using the hourly forecasts from, we keep tabs on the temperature in each city along the way, making sure they are within the acceptable range for the animal(s) on board.

85 degrees Fahrenheit:

We are pleased to accept warm-blooded animals and birds for transport if the actual or forecasted temperature in each city along the way is between 45 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit. However, 85 degrees Fahrenheit is the maximum limit no matter what.

Pet embargo for some aircraft types.

The heat and vent capability within most of our fleet allow us to accept pets for transport. However the Airbus 319, 320, 321S and 321H have limitations that do not allow pets to be transported on these aircraft.

We no longer accept brachycephalic, snub-nosed or mixed breeds of snub-nosed animals when the “Breed” on the Health Certificate states the following:

Dogs Affenpinscher, Boston Terrier, Boxer (All breeds), Brussels Griffon, Bulldog (All breeds), Cane Corso, Dogue De Bordeaux, English Toy Spaniel, Japanese Chin, Lhasa Apso, Mastiff (All breeds), Pekingese, Pit Bull, Presa Canario, Pug (All breeds), Shar Pei, Shih Tzu, Tibetan Spaniel

Cats Burmese, Exotic Short hair, Himalayan, Persian

Pet shipping in the summer

LUFTHANSA AND KLM – These airlines require a Professional Pet Shipper when booking your pet’s travel as cargo. Lufthansa will only ship snub nose breeds if the temperatures at the origin and destination ports do not exceed 80 degrees.

Contact Continental Pet Relocation for all your pet shipping needs. We can offer guidance and information when relocating your pet any time of the year.