Snub-Nosed Cats & Dogs
Airlines are increasingly banning the travel of snub-nosed (brachycephalic) breeds from their air crafts. This has caused great inconvenience for the pet owners. As you are probably aware, not many airlines will accept snub nosed pets. Although brachycephalic breeds are a higher risk flyer, it does not mean that they are unable to travel altogether.
It is really important to know that snub-nosed pets such as Pugs, Shih Tzu’s, Persian Cats and English Bulldogs are more likely to experience breathing issues and overheating during travel. Pet owners with snub-nosed (also known as brachycephalic) breeds will need to take additional precautions when planning their international relocations and it’s also important to research airline restrictions and temperature embargoes that may affect the move.
The breeds, which include Pugs, Bulldogs and Shih Tzu’s and also include certain cat breeds, such as Persian and Himalayan, have smaller openings to their nose and have elongated soft palates on the roofs of their mouths, which make breathing more difficult for them. Those breathing problems can be magnified in stressful situations like air travel, and further exacerbated in extreme heat.