If you are the proud parent of a short-nosed dog there are some important things you need to know about the safety of your dog before traveling.
Short nosed dogs are prone to heatstroke and breathing problems when exposed to stress or extreme temperatures.
Brachycephalic (short-nosed) dog breeds include: Pugs, Boxers, American Staffordshire Terriers, Shih Tzus, Puggles, Shar Pei, Japanese Spaniels, French Bull Dogs, Brussels Griffin, Bull Dogs, Chow Chows, Mastiff, Boston Terriers, Pit Bull Terriers, Lhasa Apso, Pekinese, English Toy Spaniel, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, and other similar dogs with a short snout. (THIS IS NOT A COMPLETE LIST). Mixed breed dogs can also fall into the brachycephalic category as well, so it's very important that you consult with your dog's veterinarian before flying to ensure that your dog will be safe.
To find out more about Brachycephalic Syndrome please click on the following links and be sure to visit your veterinarian.
Bracycephalic Syndrome in Dogs & Cats by Scott Alan McKay, DMV, Veterinary Services Dept, Drs. Fosters & Smith, Inc.
Brachycephalic Disorder from the Canine Inherited Disorders Database
Brachycephalic Breeds from Mar Vista Veterinary Hospital
The Brachycephalic Syndrome by Dr. Janice Durr Grebe
Bull Dogs banned from Japan Airlines, July 6, 2007 AP
We encourage all dog owners to do their own research and consult their veterinarian prior to booking travel arrangements.