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Traveling With a Pug

Guest post by Anil Polat of How To Travel With Pets


Anil's pet pooch, Falafel

Dogs love to travel and pugs are no different, however they have some special needs travelers need to consider. I’ve traveled to many places with my pug Falafel and there are a few things you need to know before hitting the road with your wrinkly little friend.

Airline Restrictions

Many airlines won’t let sensitive breeds like bulldogs and pugs fly. The reduced pressure in the cabin makes it harder for pugs to breathe and several major airlines don’t want to take the liability risk. Be sure to call the airline and let them know the breed of your dog and ask them if they have any restrictions. Often you’ll get someone on the phone who may not be familiar with breed restrictions so be sure to have them check their policies and verify anything they tell you.

85 Fahrenheit is The Limit

You’ll hear it many times when talking to breeders, vets, shelters – and all of the warnings are true – pugs cannot handle the heat due to their lack of a snout. Anything above 85 degrees (30 Celsius) and you have to use air conditioning. You can’t take your pug to the beach on a very hot day and a road trip in the summer can be dangerous if you have the windows down. Make sure that any hotel (especially outside of the US) you stay in has air conditioning and don’t take the risk lightly. Plan well and be cautious when it’s warm and you won’t have any problems.

Car, Air, and Sea Sickness

You may recall a story from earlier this year about a pug overheating and throwing up on the New York subway. Pugs do tend to get motion sickness and vomit so you’ll have to keep a close eye on them especially in an airplane cabin (if they’re flying with you) or on a crowded train across Europe. Keeping your pug cool and well exercised will reduce stress and prevent a mess on the passenger next to you. Just in case be prepared with some wet wipes, paper towels, and small plastic bags.

Some Other Pug Habits Travelers Should Watch Out For

  • Pugs are highly valued and one of the top stolen breeds of dogs internationally.
  • Pugs follow their nose and anything that moves quickly. Always keep them on a leash.
  • Pugs can snore loudly. Keep this in mind in pet friendly hostels, airplane cabins, and anywhere else where the noise might disturb others.

While it might seem that pugs are impossible to travel with, they really just need a little bit of extra preparation to make great and enthusiastic travel partners. A pug will be happy to follow you anywhere and their small size makes them easier to accommodate than larger breeds. Their iconic and cute faces will also draw others to you and help you come out of your shell as you travel. Outside of these sensitivities, pugs are hearty travelers and make great companions on the road bringing new life to your own travels.

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  • Galinchicago says:

    Any suggestions for transporting a pug from Chicago to the Bay Area?  Our pug is 14 years old, about 25 lbs and too big to fit in any of the airline-required kennels?  And now some airlines have imposed stricter restrictions on the breed so we’re in a dilemma.  Any suggestions/recommendations would be appreciated!  Thanks.

    • Hi Galin. Yes, some airlines will not fly dogs with short faces – especially during the summer months. My first though would be to plan a road trip. It’s fun, and you don’t have to worry about putting your dog in someone else’s care. If that’s not possible, I’d check with Pet Airways – given his age and the ridiculously hot weather we’ve been having, I think that would be the safest way to go. Pet Airways only flies pets – and all animals are flown in the cabin. Pet Airways flies out of Chicago, but their only destination in California would be Los Angeles – so you’d still have a bit of a drive after picking the pup up after his flight. We also did a post on the most pet friendly airlines this week that might be helpful  – you can find that here: I hope that helps! Please let me know if there’s anything else I can do, and good luck with your move!

  • […] My Guest Post At Go Pet Friendly: Traveling With A Pug My guess is that most of you travel with dogs. I travel with my pug, Falafel who is a dog but like all pugs has some special travel needs. If you’re interested in seeing my traveling buddy as well as learning more about what to expect if you will or want to travel with a pug, check out my guest post at Go Pet Friendly, traveling with a pug. […]

  • Anil says:

    Thank you again for the opportunity!

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