This topic is one that gives me a lot of stress at night and here’s why:
Over the last few years, airlines have banned snubbed-nosed dogs from flying in cargo hold over the summer months. Snubbed-nosed dogs (also known as Brachycephalic) include not just Pugs but Boston Terriers, Boxers, some mastiffs, Pekingese, Lhasa Apsos, Shih tzus and bulldogs. Here’s the best analogy as to why Brachycephalic dogs have a hard time breathing: they still have all the same anatomical parts as a normal-nosed dog but packed into a smaller space. This is like moving from a house into an apartment and still keeping all the same furniture. Things get cramped and the air flow is not ideal.
These dogs are also more sensitive to changes in pressure and temperature as a result. So being shut in a crate in a cargo hold without any temperature hold has caused a lot of deaths of these breeds mostly bulldogs and pugs.
So he has to come in the passenger cabin with me.
However, there are some airlines (like Lufthansa) that have a climate-controlled cargo space specifically for your pooch. I would still rather have him with me.
When preparing for the flight, you have to plan ahead by calling different airlines and asking about their pet policies. If you find an airline that best suit your needs then book your flight as soon as you can (by calling) and letting them know that you will be taking your dog with you. Depending on where you store your dog will determine the fee.
I will be in the process of doing all this soon now that my start date is official (June 1st) and my contract is set. So now I need to make sure I book early because most flights only about 2 or 3 dogs at a time.
Wish me luck!