Short-nosed dog breeds at risk on airplanes

P.S. Many of the short nosed breeds are wonderful dogs, such as Pugs ( my first dog :-) ).
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For the most part, pugs tend to be very healthy dogs. Like most dog breeds they are susceptible to some health concerns, such as eye disease, patellar luxaton, hip dysplasia, and pug dog encephalitis. Short nosed dog breeds are also more susceptible to dry, crusty or inflamed noses. If you notice your pug’s nose appears dull, dry or otherwise lackluster your pup is in need of . For more serious dryness, crusty or painful cracking, is the best option for your dog.
These other short-nosed (Bracheocephalic) breeds were also included in the Doggy Do Not Fly list.
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Many pet owners have relied on airlines that allow dogs to fly, but not all pets have made it to their destination alive. This is the reason for the flying ban that has been placed on certain dog breeds like Bulldogs, Pugs, Terriers, Boxers, and other short-nosed breeds, as well as some breeds of cats. Although some pet owners may feel this ban is unfair, it has been put in place for the best interest of the pets. Worrying numbers of
Photo provided by FlickrThe Lhasa Apso is a short-nosed breed long known as a guard dog for Buddhist monasteries in Tibet. Via
Photo provided by FlickrThe study found that short-nosed breeds are more likely than long-nosed dogs to be affected by conditions common to both.
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There are certain precautions every pet owner must take when your pet is traveling in the cargo area of a plane. You want to make sure your pet is acclimated to the crate, properly hydrated etc. so your pet travels as safe and as comfortable as possible. For the snub nosed pet owner, things can get a little trickier. Snub-nosed pets (Dogs: Pugs, Bulldogs, and Shih-Tzu Cats: Persian and Himalayan for example) are some of the most popular breeds, but unfortunately can pose a risk during air travel. These short nosed (also called “brachycephalic”) pets have difficulty breathing and acclimating to certain weather conditions. Even though these pets are considered “at risk”, taking necessary precautions and using the proper flight itinerary on a pet-safe, pet friendly airline will help reduce the chances of an incident. Below is an airline chart to help pet owners who are considering traveling via cargo with their sub nose breed.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.Signs of heat exhaustion (which is the last step before heat stroke) include bright red gums, inability to get up, and loud, raspy panting. Dogs that are going into full-on heat stroke often vomit, become severely lethargic and can have explosive diarrhea. Once heat stroke develops, cooling them down is job #1, but it often is not enough. Some dogs will go down the slippery and tragic slope into multi-organ failure and be unable to be saved, even with days of ICU-level care. Prevention is the key with this disease, so remember to always watch out for heat exhaustion if you share your home with a short-nosed breed, although it can happen in any breed of dog.A snub nosed dog breed is a term used to describe dogs that have a shorter than normal snout, also called brachycephalic. Some examples of short nosed breeds are Bulldogs, Pugs, Boston terriers, Shih tzus, lhasa Apsos, Pit Bull Terriers, Chow Chow, Mastiffs, Boxers, Pekingese, etc. Short snout dog’s noses and sinuses are compressed, causing smaller nostrils and a narrowed windpipe. The very characteristics that make snub nosed dogs so cute and distinctive, also make them not as efficient breathers as other breeds. Not only is it harder for them to breathe, it is also harder for a snub nosed dog to cool down. This makes them even more susceptible to air quality and temperature changes that may be encountered during air travel.