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Transporting a Pug via Airplane Flight

Does anyone have any tips for air-transport of a pug?

Laurel just posted to the forums:

I resonantly relocated to the U.K. My Pug, Azreal, in Florida , who is staying with family, has her chip, all her documentation, blood work, bags packed and is ready to come! Now that it’s time I’ve been having some MAJOR problems finding an airline that will fly Pugs in general because of there snout-noses. Through out this whole process I’ve stayed in close contact with her Vet. who is over looking her move and I’m shocked he never mentioned there was a greater health risk with pug then with other dogs. The more research I do I’m coming to see I have to find a way to get her in the cabin of the plane but I can’t find any airlines that will do this (especially considering it’s international).
So far the closest I’ve come is Continental Airlines(were she’ll be in the cargo hold were she isn’t even allowed a blanket). When moving here I knew flying her over was going to be hard but i didn’t know her breed was at a higher health risk on planes and to be honest would never made the move in the first place if I had thought she couldn’t with us. If anyone has any advise I’d really be greatfull!Should I geta Pet travel Agent? Could they find her a more “pet friendly” flight? I’ve never traveled on a plane with her and ANY tips would be so helpful. I don’t want to put her in harms way but England won’t feel like home until she’s here!

Does anyone have any suggestions?  My best guess would be to find the most “pet friendly” international airline and use them.  If they won’t let you put the pug in the cargo hold, then wouldn’t one option be flying from England to the US (pickup the pug), then fly back with pug in the cabin?

I searched for “international dog transport” on Google and some companies came up — maybe one of them is good?

If anyone has any information about this topic, please share!

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26 Comments »

  Anonymous wrote @ December 3rd, 2007 at 3:02 pm

I remember hearing a while ago that Air France is the only airline thtat allows dogs to be carried in the cabin (obviously not big dogs like Rottweilers, but a pug should be fine).

I’ve just checked their website and it confirms that they accept dogs in the cabin. You’d probably need to fly to Paris and then catch a connection to London and it will probably cost you – but of course it’s worth it to make sure your pug is well-cared for on the journey!

  krista wrote @ December 3rd, 2007 at 7:34 pm

I fly with my pug internationally with American 3 times per year. He flies as an on flight and as my carry-on. I would make sure that he is fine in the carrier so that you dont have to drug him, but my pug is fine and I have never been worried.

  MichaelT wrote @ December 4th, 2007 at 1:06 am

I would check out a new company called “Dogtravel Company.” They are at http://www.dogtravelcompany.net.

A buddy of mine just joined the other day and the company provides flights where your dog can sit in the cabin in the seat next to you.

I don’t know if they fly overseas or not. My buddy is going to be flying with them this summer to Canada.

Hope this helps.

  Meredith Griffin wrote @ December 6th, 2007 at 3:32 pm

I know a couple that traveled from the UK to the US on the Queen Mary II cruise ship, which had a kennel and a number of other luxuries for animals. Check with them! Their website is http://www.dennyandcharlie.com, e-mail Richard and ask him.

  Angela wrote @ December 6th, 2007 at 6:39 pm

She needs to check what Defra (the relevant UK agency) has to say about it. They require pets to be flown cargo. Since she said she went through the bloodwork & stuff previously, I am surprised she didn’t realize this???

  Angela wrote @ December 6th, 2007 at 6:41 pm

That Defra link seems to not be clickable? Anyway, it’s: http://www.defra.gov.uk/animalh/quarantine/pets/index.htm

  Tiffany wrote @ December 22nd, 2007 at 6:59 pm

We travel from Chicago to Belgium twice a year with our pug Olive. Lufthansa and KLM/Northwest are the only airlines that I know of that allow dogs in the cabin for overseas flights. I always have to go backwards and lay-over in Frankfurt with Lufthansa, but it is worth it. Oh and she is over the weight limit, which is something like 17 pounds (?), but she has always been allowed to come anyway. Oh, and they never even look at the paperwork, but you should have it just in case. All they really need its the health cert which includes a current rabies vaccination.

  Dee wrote @ January 4th, 2008 at 10:21 pm

I’m in the same predicament. I’m flying from the US to Australia in April. I also have a pug. All his paperwork is in order, he’s healthy and fine but we’re having a hard time trying to find a flight for him, or how we should go about getting him to Sydney. Should he fly with us on the same flight or send him earlier. He needs to be in Quarantine for a min. of 30 days once he reaches AU. I have no choice about that.

So… has anyone found a solution as to what’s best for a pug? Cargo or should he fly in the cabin with me? We are also concerned with cost as well. Is it cheaper to put him on a separate flight to Sydney or to fly with us and check him in as cargo or baggage?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

  Mette wrote @ April 1st, 2008 at 3:17 am

Hi there, I am looking into moving to Australia from Europe (Denmark) and am absolutely devastated to find out about their regulations. Still looking into it, but as far as I have understood, her flying in cabin is not an option, not because airlines would not allow it, because many do, but because the authorities in OZ will not allow it.
There are no direct flights between Denmark and Australia. The first flight is about 11 hrs, then change in e.g. Bangkok, where she cannot get out of the cage, and I will not be allowed to see her. If the cage’s seal is broken, she will be flown right back to Denmark. Next flight (Bangkok to Sydney) is about 9 hrs, so she would be in the cage for 24-30 hrs and not be allowed out, and be alone the whole time, and in cargo. I am devastated and don’t know what to do. Also, having read about the breathing/flying etc.
If anyone has experience taking a pug from Europe to Australia, I would love to hear from you. I wish I could fly cargo too. Or take a cruise or other boat.
Any knowledge VERY welcome
Thanks a lot and have a great day
Mette

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  Mette wrote @ April 1st, 2008 at 3:17 am

Hi there, I am looking into moving to Australia from Europe (Denmark) and am absolutely devastated to find out about their regulations. Still looking into it, but as far as I have understood, her flying in cabin is not an option, not because airlines would not allow it, because many do, but because the authorities in OZ will not allow it.
There are no direct flights between Denmark and Australia. The first flight is about 11 hrs, then change in e.g. Bangkok, where she cannot get out of the cage, and I will not be allowed to see her. If the cage’s seal is broken, she will be flown right back to Denmark. Next flight (Bangkok to Sydney) is about 9 hrs, so she would be in the cage for 24-30 hrs and not be allowed out, and be alone the whole time, and in cargo. I am devastated and don’t know what to do. Also, having read about the breathing/flying etc.
If anyone has experience taking a pug from Europe to Australia, I would love to hear from you. I wish I could fly cargo too. Or take a cruise or other boat.
Any knowledge VERY welcome
Thanks a lot and have a great day
Mette

  Dee wrote @ April 2nd, 2008 at 3:16 pm

Read my blog….. if you are in the U.S. and want to fly to Australia…. you’ll have no choice but to fly your pug using a Pet Transport Service. Practically forced into it.

USDA will not allow a connecting flight, it has to be Direct.
Qantas flies direct but will not fly a Pug (or any flat nosed animal)
Air New Zealand will fly a pug but their government requires the use of a Pet Transport Company, thereby making the initial cost phenominal! Be prepared! I’m struggling right now as it is!

Again…… read my blog…. good luck!

http://deesfirstflight.wordpress.com

  Dee wrote @ May 15th, 2008 at 5:05 pm

My pug made it safely. Finished quarantine. I also changed my blog over to a domain.

http://deestraveljournal.com/wordpress

  marie wrote @ June 10th, 2008 at 10:21 am

Hi,

Do the airlines actually weigh the pugs? To the person who uses Air France – their website says the dog has to be under 6kg to go in the cabin. That is either a very small pug or they didn’t check the weight. Please let me know. I’m trying to get my pug from the Uk to Israel.

Thanks!

  Margaret wrote @ April 17th, 2009 at 10:09 pm

I have done much research I also have a Pug and we soon moving to Germany. We are flying with united and they are allowing us to take the dog with us he is only 7 months and weighs about 15 lbs I was told he could weight up to 19 lbs to go in cabin and it is going to cost $125. Also there are sites who will ship your pet for you I know they are quite coslty (about $850) but if you love your baby like I love mine his/her safelty is well worth it.

  Tina wrote @ April 24th, 2009 at 7:27 am

Hi :) I know this is an older topic, but i wanted to add my “two cents” for anyone who is looking for information on flying with a pug in the future.

I’m a Canadian, but my pug was born in Poland and has a European Union passport. He’s almost 2 years old now, and we have made several international flights together.

Lufthansa allows pets in-cabin, but book early because there’s generally a limit of two pets per flight. I have a soft sided carrier from Celltei, which i highly reccomend because it comes with back pack straps.

My pup has made three cross-atlantic flights in the past two years, and many more flights within Canada and Europe.

The one time I had to put my little guy in the “cargo” area of the plane, he was desperately unhappy and peed all over. When he travels in-cabin with me, he will hold his bladder/bowels for the whole flight.

I’ve never had an airline weigh my dog, but they will want you to know the combined weight of dog + carrier when you make the reservation. I always say 10lbs.

At the airport, expect to be taking your pup in and out of the carrier several times – at the ticket counter and definitely at security. I find that the ticket agents warm up considerably when they see my funny little guy.

I always have a lot of fun travelling with my pug.

  Emily wrote @ May 27th, 2009 at 2:45 pm

Hi there
as far as I understand NO DOGS can fly in cabin when going into England….sigh. They have to be in hold or cargo. It is no the airlines that won’t allow it, it is the UK pet transport rules that prohibit them from being in cabin.
You can sail over on the Queen Mary
You can fly Swiss Air with dogs in cabin(I don’t know their pug policy) into France.
Where there is a will there is a way.

  willardthepug wrote @ October 26th, 2009 at 12:00 pm

A little late, but my cat flew Continental and a blanket in the crate was fine. I also highly recommend DriFur pads which keeps the crate dry in case of spillage of water or accidents….absorbent material is required and these act like diapers with gel that pulls moisture away. They do work…I used them on a XC drive. They also help keep the crate a little warmer. They are also the first airline approved under the UK’s regs for pet transport thru the PETS program.

As for “the cargo hold”, pets are in an area where the temperature and the air is the same as that up in the cabin. They are in a different area than luggage.

  Amit wrote @ January 6th, 2010 at 1:16 am

Hi, I am planning to fly to Montreal from India with my 11/2 year old pug and am very confused if Lufthansa will carry him. I can’t find any other airliens that will and and absolutely perplexed by the situation. Can I carry him in the cabin or would cargo be better? Please help.

  shandy wrote @ March 4th, 2010 at 2:07 am

hi,

my pug wil be flight by MAS airlines fm Singapore to Kuching it’s take 1hrs 15min to stop over for 45 mins. later departure fm Kuching to Kota Kinabalu, it’s about 1hr 15min, totally 3hrs 30mins. my pug will put in the cargo compartment

i’m worry cos my pug short nose hard to get breath wil get dead, it’s everyone who was did b4 to sent the dog in cargo compartment? pls let me know, i don want to be an murder to kill my pug..thks

  pasha wrote @ March 10th, 2010 at 4:16 pm

hi,
So i am planning to relocate from New York to New Delhi, India. What I have found out is that Continental, Lufthansa, KLM and Air France will fly pugs as cargo. As long as you make your reservations with a pet transporter. There fees start from $2000 and up, depend on the weight of your dog, and other services that you ask for (USDA documentation, Import/Export permit, health certificates). My dog weighs 15 pounds which meets the requirement of the in cabin weight but he is tall and cannot stand up in an 8″ kennel. I would feel a lot safer if my dog is in front of me but slightly uncomfortable, rather than flying him in cargo.
My question is that he can fit into kennel that is approved for the cabin but will not be able to stand up and turn around with ease. Does the airline check if the dog can do this ?

  liz wrote @ September 5th, 2011 at 1:33 pm

I am flying to Norway from canada with my two pugs, but I am also confused by the restrictions that the airlines set (Under 13kg and less than 9″ tall). Does KLM allow pugs that are 20lbs in the cabin? Clearly some peoples carry on luggage is far bigger than my pugs..
any information on people who have flown KLM to Amsterdam or Stavanger recently would be awesome.
Thanks,

  Shardah wrote @ September 7th, 2011 at 2:25 pm

Hi,
Recently got a pug puppy and living in Valencia, Spain.
But in the next year im traveling to Greece for a holiday.
Then from there to San Fran, US to live.
And a a year or two later moving back to Auckland, New Zealand.
Does anyone know what airlines will let me take my baby in the cabin because i hear that cargo can harm pugs.
I’ve read all about the requirements and regulations im just finding it hard to find airlines.
Does anyone have any knowledge?

  Matthew Wertman wrote @ December 17th, 2012 at 12:11 pm

SOUTHWEST ALLOWS DOGS AS A CARRY ON BUT THEY HAVE TO FIT IN A CARRIER WITH THE DEMENSIONS OF 19X14X8.25 INCHES.

  sefa wrote @ March 26th, 2013 at 9:52 pm

Hello, my pug is 4 months old and I am going to fly to Turkey from New York.
They do not let me to take it with me in the cabin so she might fly in the cargo area. The flight is approximately 9 hours. Is there any problem to fly in the cargo area ? If somebody has any experience about long flights can he/she let me know please ? And I am going to put her sleep since it is a long flight she can not stay awake all that hours.

  Gise wrote @ April 28th, 2013 at 2:54 pm

Hola, viajo con dos pug uno de 11 años y otro de 4. Estoy muy preocupada por su salud. El de 11 años es ciego. Por su tamaño y peso deben volar en carga. Alguien que haya tenido experiencia me puede contar como preparalos para el viaje. Vuelo por Delta.

  lisa taylor wrote @ May 5th, 2013 at 12:42 pm

hi my partner was offered a job ni said no coz was worried abot my dogs,bt with good time to think,( 2yrs) ive decided to giv it ago but have another pug,so i have 2pugs n 1 shih tzu,i will wot ever amount to get them there safe n sound.so any info will be gratefull plus it nice to hear that pugs have made there flights,it will be from england to australia,

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