The Dangers of Flying with a Flat Nosed Dog or Cat

Over a year ago, airlines increased the regulations associated with flying a flat nosed breed. Whether you have a Persian cat, a Bulldog, Pug, or Pekingese, traveling by air is not an option anymore.

Why are Flat Nosed Breeds being Banned from the Airlines?

A majority of flat nosed breeds suffer from Brachycephalic Syndrome (an airway obstruction), which is a deformity that includes collapsed nostrils, an elongated soft palate, or aversion of the laryngeal saccules. This causes heavy breathing, difficulties cooling themselves (dog's pant to cool their body temperature), snoring, snorting, and wheezing.

The airlines are not trying to be difficult. In fact, they are putting our beloved pet's safety first.

How the Friendly Skies can be Dangerous for our Pets

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), from 2005 to 2010 half of all flat nosed breed animals that flew died, with bulldogs being the highest percentage of that group.

Flying causes undo-stress on our pets and, for a flat nosed breed, added stress and the difficulties of breathing create a recipe for disaster. Airplanes do not have regulated temperature settings in the cargo department of the plane. Pets that fly in cargo can experience extreme fluctuation in temperatures with the altitude adjustments. Many are unable to regulate their own body temperature due to this, and suffer the consequences while enroute.

Some airlines will allow the flat nosed breeds to travel in the pressurized cabin area of the plane, but size ordinance will play a factor in that decision.

It is best to call the airline you plan on using to find out their policy and guidelines when it comes to flying with a flat nosed pet.

Questions to Ask Yourself

Do you enjoy traveling? ~If so, reconsider getting a flat nosed breed if you wish to travel via airplane with your furry feline or canine partner.~

Already have a flat nosed breed? ~Don't despair, some airlines still allow them to travel in the pressurized cabin area of the plane. Call the airline prior to making any reservations to find out restrictions and policies as pertains to your breed.~

Is it worth the gamble knowing your flat nosed breed might not survive the friendly skies? ~You might not even have a choice as more airlines are banning flat nosed breeds from both cargo and pressurized cabin areas.~

If you have a flat nosed breed or hope to have one in the future, plan on making other arrangements while you travel abroad. For their safety, it will be worth it in the end.

Resources:

Nodeju - Flat Nose Pooch Can't Fly

USA Today - New Warnings Find a Safe Flight for Your Pets

WebMD - Dog Snoring and Snorting

Pet Health News - More Airlines Banning Snub Nosed Dogs and Cats For Safety Reasons

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