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Shipping Snub-Nosed Breeds (Brachycephalic)


Pets with snub-noses (also known as brachycephalic) can often travel safely, but it’s important to know that snub-nosed pets such as Pugs, Boston Terriers and English Bulldogs are more likely to experience breathing issues and overheating during travel. Many airlines restrict these breeds from travel due to the liability associated with these breeds. If your pet can not travel in cabin, some airlines will still accept these breeds when shipped as “manifested cargo” which can be tracked and is handled by trained pet care agents throughout their journey.

The airlines that do accept these breeds will restrict travel to temperatures no higher than 80 degrees to minimize the risk of heat exhaustion. Since snub-nosed pets are susceptible to increased risk of heat stroke and breathing problems when exposed to stress or heat, planning the travel during the cooler months is recommended.

Persian cat face shipping snub-nosed breeds (brachycephalic)

A larger kennel size than normal is required as well to increase air flow throughout the crate. We also recommend crate training to allow your pet to become acclimated to the crate in advance to minimize any additional stress associated with travel. Click HERE to read more tips about CRATE ACCLIMATION.

Have a conversation with your veterinarian. Your vet can evaluate your pet and discuss the risk associated with travel. Snub-nosed pets struggle to get air in to their lungs. In snub-nosed dogs, especially, the chronic elevated airway pressures over years can result in cardiac & lung disease. All older snub pets should have detailed investigation of cardio-respiratory system before flying. Recommended that the owner consult with their veterinarian thoroughly to assess the pet (especially identify any heart or respiratory issues in older snubs). Ultimately the Vet has the responsibility to certify an animal “fit to fly”, likewise to warn the owner not to ship if significant risks exist.

French bulldog shipping snub-nosed breeds (brachycephalic)

  • Affenpinscher
  • American Bulldog
  • Boston Terrier
  • Boxer Brussels
  • Griffon
  • Bulldog
  • Bullmastiff
  • Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
  • Chow Chow
  • Dogo Argentino
  • Dogue de Bordeaux
  • French Bulldog
  • Japanese Chin
  • Lhasa Apso
  • Pekingese
  • Pug
  • Shar-Pei
  • Shih Tzu
  • Tibetan Spaniel
  • Persian
  • Himalayan
  • Exotic Shorthair

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