Help you get pet to Hawaii the safest way possible!
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Shipping short nosed dogs or cats in the summer months can be quite challenging and sometimes may seem almost impossible.
There are a few different routes that Island Pet Movers can use to ship your pet between Hawaii and the Mainland.
In many instances we will use shared ground transport across the mainland US to and from a West coast airport where we will ship them overnight or very early in the morning, or we can use our partnered cargo only airline, to get them from LAX where they have a special service between LAX and HNL which allows the pets to be flown in cabin under climate controlled conditions – sorry no humans allowed.
Currently Delta, American and Alaska airlines not shipping ANY bully breeds at all regardless of the time of year or temperatures. All three also have extensive embargoes for breeds they deem.
Between the dates of May 15 through September 15th many Airlines will NOT ship any dog of the following breeds, including dogs mixed with the following breeds:
- English Bulldogs
- French Bulldogs
- Boston Terriers
If you have a short nosed pet and will be moving to or from Hawaii during the above time period please give us a call to help you get pet to Hawaii the safest way possible!
Regardless of the breed – we can move your bulldog anytime of the year to or from the island. 12 months out of the year we ship many bulldogs to and from Hawaii safely. This includes English Bulldogs, French Bulldogs Pugs, Boston Terrier and a variety of Bulldogs and snub nose breed mixes. We feel that there are mitigating circumstances that can be followed to help safely ship these breeds. See our Instagram page for tons of pictures of our bully friends!
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FAQ By Pet Owners About Short-Nosed Dogs and Air Travel
In July 2010, the U.S. Department of Transportation released statistics that showed short-nosed breeds of dogs—such as pugs, Boston Terriers, boxers, mastiffs, Pekingese, Lhasa Apsos, Shih tzus and bulldogs—are more likely to die on airplanes than dogs with normal-length muzzles. In fact, over the last 5 years, approximately one-half of the 122 dog deaths associated with airline flights involved these short-faced breeds. 25 of the 122 dogs that died over the 5-year period were English bulldogs, followed by 11 pugs, the only other breed in double digits. Although these numbers seem a bit scary, keep in mind that this is a very small number when compared to the hundreds of thousands of animals that fly every year.
Q. Why are these dog breeds more prone to respiratory problems?
Q: What kinds of respiratory problems can these dog breeds have?
Q. How do these problems put these dog breeds at higher risk during flights?
Q: So, what’s a pet owner to do? Should I never fly with a short-nosed pet?
Q. What can I do to reduce the risks of airline travel for my short-nosed pet?
- Getting your pet used to its traveling crate can really reduce stress while traveling. Think about it…when you’re on a plane, you understand what’s going on while taking off and landing or even when there’s turbulence, but your pet doesn’t know what’s happening, and this can be stressful – and this can add to the stress your pet may already have if it’s in a travel carrier for the first time. If your pet is used to the travel crate, it’s more likely to be comfortable in the crate and travel with less stress. And remember, ALL travel crates, regardless of the breed of dog being transported, need to be secure so your pet can’t escape.
- Although it can be comforting to your pet to have a familiar-smelling item in its travel crate, avoid thick blankets, fluffy towels or cloth items that your pet can wrap itself or bury its nose in – this could increase the risk of respiratory problems. A very thin blanket or flat newspaper is best for lining the crate.
- If your dog is small enough to fit in a pet carrier that fits under the airline seat, and many popular brachycephalic breeds are, you can ask the airline to allow you to bring your pet into the passenger area of the plane with you. Do this when you make your reservation, not when you show up at the airport for your flight. Some airlines will allow this, but you should always ask about the airline’s policy about pets in the passenger cabin.
- The airline may charge an additional fee for pets in the cabin, and many airlines place limits on the number of pets allowed in the cabin.
- In addition, airlines may have specific restrictions on the size of carriers allowed in the cabin as well as in the hold.
- Some airlines may not allow certain breeds of dogs to be transported in the cargo holds of their planes, and airlines such as Continental Airlines also have embargo policies based on the size of the aircraft and the environmental conditions. For example, an airline may refuse to allow short-nosed dogs to be transported in the hold during certain times of the year (due to environmental temperatures) or on certain flights (based on the size of the plane). Most of the embargos apply to animals transported in the hold, and do not apply to pets in the cabin.
- Pick your flight times carefully. When you and your pet are in the air, the pressure and temperature in the plane is controlled. However, you’ve probably noticed that the air seems a little stale and the temperature isn’t as well regulated when you’re sitting on the tarmac – that’s because the plane’s temperature and air pressure controls are often turned down until you’re in the air. What does this mean? Well, it means that if you’re on the tarmac for a long period of time, the temperature in the cargo hold may rise above (if it’s hot) or fall below (if it’s cold) the ideal temperatures for your pet. To protect pet passengers, airlines have their own temperature restrictions—for example, no pets in the cargo bay when the forecast is 85 degrees (F) or higher—but you can be even more careful.
- Try to minimize layovers where your pet might be kept in the cargo hold or sitting on the tarmac in temperatures that aren’t comfortable for it. For example, in warmer months, or when you’re traveling to a warm destination, only fly earlier or later in the day to avoid the mid-day high temperatures so the cargo area doesn’t get uncomfortably hot. During cold weather, or when flying to a colder destination, try to fly during the warmer parts of the day.
- Visit your veterinarian within 10 days before any interstate trip you take with your pet, but particularly before airplane trips. Pet owners are required by law to get a certificate of veterinary inspection (often called a health certificate) from their veterinarian for any trip that crosses state lines, and the airlines often require a copy of the health certificate before they’ll let your pet fly. If you have a short-nosed breed of dog, ask your veterinarian about your pet’s respiratory health and what precautions you can take to minimize the risks for your pet.
- Your veterinarian can help you figure our what kind and size travel carrier you should get and how best to mark it with your personal information to make sure you and your pet are reunited after the flight, what kind of animal identification is appropriate (such as tags, microchip, etc.), and when you should feed your pet during travel.
- We strongly recommend that you avoid tranquilizing your pet for air travel, because it can increase your pet’s risk of injury and health problems.
Q. What about short-nosed cat breeds? Are they also at risk?
As always, talk to your veterinarian if you have ANY concerns about your pet’s health.