Flying with pugs

Flying with pugs


As an animal behaviorist and pet expert, I’ve encountered many questions regarding the best ways to travel with pets, especially when it comes to flying. One breed that often comes up in these discussions is the Pug. Known for their distinctive squashed faces and charming personalities, Pugs are a popular breed worldwide. However, these same adorable features can make flying a challenging experience for them. This blog post aims to provide comprehensive advice on how you can safely fly with your Pug.

Understanding The Challenges

Before we delve into the specifics of flying with pugs, it’s crucial to understand why this breed might face more challenges than others during air travel.

Pugs are brachycephalic dogs – breeds characterized by short noses and flat faces. While this trait makes them incredibly cute, it also leads to certain health issues that need extra attention during flights. Brachycephalic dogs have smaller airways and may struggle with respiratory problems under stressful conditions like high altitudes or extreme temperatures.

Finding A Pet-Friendly Airline

Not all airlines allow pets in the cabin or even as checked luggage due to various reasons including space constraints and safety regulations. Therefore, your first step should be finding an airline that accommodates pets.

Once you’ve found some options, dig deeper into their specific policies regarding brachycephalic breeds like Pugs; some airlines have restrictions due to health concerns associated with these breeds at high altitudes.

When selecting an airline for your pug’s journey:

– Look for airlines known for their pet-friendly services.
– Check if they allow small dogs in the cabin.
– Understand their policies regarding brachycephalic breeds.

Remember: Your pug’s safety should always be your top priority!

Vet Check Before Flying

Before embarking on any trip, it’s crucial to have a thorough veterinary check-up for your Pug. Your vet can assess the overall health of your dog and provide specific advice based on their condition.

Ensure that all vaccinations are up-to-date and ask your vet about potential issues related to flying, such as anxiety or motion sickness. They might prescribe medication or offer other suggestions to make the flight more comfortable for your Pug.

Preparing Your Pug For The Flight

Preparation is key when flying with a pug. Start by getting them used to being in a crate, as this will likely be required during the flight. Make sure the crate is well-ventilated and large enough for them to move around comfortably.

Next, try simulating the flight experience by taking them on car rides in their crate. This will help them adjust to being in a confined space over an extended period.

On the day of travel:

– Ensure they get plenty of exercises before leaving for the airport.
– Feed them several hours before departure time.
– Keep water available until it’s time to board.

During The Flight

During takeoff and landing, reassure your pet by speaking gently and providing treats if allowed. If possible, regularly check on them during the flight (if they’re in cargo) or keep their carrier near you (if they’re in cabin).

Try not feeding your pug during the flight as it may cause discomfort due to changes in pressure or motion sickness.


Flying with pugs requires careful preparation due to their unique physical characteristics but isn’t impossible with proper planning and care. Always prioritize safety over convenience when deciding how best to travel with your pet.

Remember that every dog is different; what works best for one might not work well for another even within same breed! Therefore always consult with professionals like vets or behaviorists who know you & your pet well. Happy flying!

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