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​What can I do to increase the safety of flying my snub-nosed pet?

Dog Gone Taxi has extensive experience with flying such breeds. We can help you all the way through the process and, while there are no guarantees in life, we can ensure the safest possible conditions for your pet. Following are important tips to keep in mind when deciding whether to fly your brachycephalic pet:

  • If your pet is small enough, consider bringing it with you as an extra carry-on.
  • Keep your pet at a healthy weight
  • To reduce stress, give your pet time to get used to being in its carrier (their flight day should NEVER be their first time in a crate)
  • Do not add thick blankets or bedding, and refrain from including toys or other objects in your pet's crate
  • Try to eliminate or minimize layovers and/or time between takeoff and landing - this is when weather will affect your pet
  • Do not tranquilize your pet

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Snub Nose Dogs

Q&A about moving Bully Breeds / Snub-nosed Pets

(While this information mainly focuses on dogs, the same principles hold true for snub-nosed cats, as well.)

Breeds include:
Dogs:
  • Bulldogs
  • Pugs
  • Boston Terriers
  • Boxers
  • Mastiffs
  • Pekingese
  • Lhasa Apsos
  • Shih Tzus
  • Mixes with the above breeds 
Cats:
  • Himalayan
  • Burmese
  • Persian
  • Mixes with the above breeds
Can my Bulldog travel via air?

No not domestically in the USA on commercial flights.  We can fly them internationally.

What are the restrictions for snub-nosed dogs and flying?

There is a lot of misinformation out there. The short answer is that there are restrictions based on weather and location (smaller airports have stronger restrictions because they cannot guarantee your pet will not be exposed to the elements).

Dog Gone Taxi pays careful attention to these restrictions and will recommend the safest transport time and mode based on these factors.

What about driving?

We specialize in cross-country, private drives for bully breeds in the summer months. We not only ensure that they are always in comfortable, air-conditioned vehicles, but the drivers are experienced with bully breeds and truly enjoy spending time with your pets. During multiple-day drives, the driver takes a rest stop for your pets every 3-4 hours. Your pets stay in pet-friendly hotels with the driver. You are kept up-to-date with texts and photos along the way.

Will tranquilizing my pet help?

We do not recommend tranquilizing your pet, as it can lead to other issues and increases your pet's risk of injury and/or death. Most airlines will not accept tranquilized animals.