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A small guide to pug travel

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A small guide to pug travel

Post  Stitch Chan on 7/20/2012, 9:09 am


How to Air Travel with your pug!



· Proper preparation is key. Find the correct carrier size that allows your pug to fit comfortably. Sherpa containers (If your choose to use Sherpa) http://www.sherpapet.com/. Carries a wide variety of containers to fit you, and your pugs needs.

Lilo weighs 15 pounds, stitch weighs 21, of course weight and height will determine the size of carrier you will need for your pug to fly comfortable, so don’t “Short Change” your pug or they could get quite uncomfortable on the flight. They have a measurement guide on their website to help you in this process.

Please review your flight plan and the aircraft type as this can cause problems as well, some aircraft have less height under the seats as others but not by much, you don’t want your pug pushing their spine against the metal bars under the seat when they stand, so it is recommended that you bring a little padding to put between the top of the carrier and the bottom of the seat.

Please be sure to check with the airline you are flying with for carrier requirements prior to your flight, they didn’t check ours, but it always better to be ready and within the rules.







· Consult your vet. Make sure to schedule a check up and ready for travel appointment. Vets have a plethora of information for these types of matters, if your pug is prone to nervousness be sure to talk about medication that can help relax them on their very stressful journey. We personally asked for our vet’s recommendation for flight and she recommended antihistamines to help to take the edge off prior to take off. Sitting in the terminal is as stressful if not more stressful on them due to people talking, walking around the carriers, new smells, so please keep in mind to keep your pugs in a quiet part of the terminal that doesn’t have allot of foot traffic.

· Health Certificates. Most airlines will not let you fly without one. International travel is a complicated beast at it is imperative to be on the ball early in this process, because allot of things require very prompt time or your pug can be disqualified from making his/her flight. IT IS IMPERATIVE TO KNOW THE COUNTRIES RULES YOU ARE TRAVELING TO!!!! All debarkation countries follow the rules of the country you are flying to, so follow the destinations rules to the letter.

Remember your international flight isn’t 10 hours! Its more like 15-16 hours with customs and immigration. So prepare wisely.

Domestic flights are generally much simpler, as most airlines simply require a health certification and are drastically shorter flights, your pugs won’t get quite as uncomfortable.

· Pre Flight/During your flight. Make sure to not feed your pug’s the night before the flight, as you don’t want to have a serious mess to clean up mid-flight; we personally brought a zip lock bag with a small amount of food and some treats for in flight. Also depending on the airline they will allow you to bring a chew bone, a toy, and a blanket with you for you pug. Within the first hour or so after take-off you need to make a judgment on the climate inside of the aircraft. Is it really cold? Do I need to give my pug another blanket? Or is it hot? Do I need to help cool off my pug during the flight.

Drinking water, most pet stores sell travel bottles for pet drinking. It is my recommendation to buy a 4 oz bottle for the flight, as you can go through security with it. On the flight you can request water bottles from the flight attendant and fill up your portable bottle during flight. Do not allow your pug to drink until thirst is quenched or once again you will have a mess on your hands during flight, just give them enough, or within reason to keep them satisfied.

Speaking of security, you will be required to take your pug's out of their carriers at security, you can request a private room if availible (For pugs that have issues going back into the carriers after leaving). Our pugs politely greeted the TSA rep with hapiness then went right back in their carriers they knew the drill!

Flying with your pug is extremely stressful and you will spend most of your flight looking out for their needs as they are helpless and dependent on you to take care of them. The vibrations from the aircraft, and the antihistamines should help your pug relax and sleep during the flight. Both of our pugs slept for almost 8 hours during our 10 hour flight. They spent the rest of the time chewing on their bone.

· Layover/Post-Flight. If you are unlucky and have a layover there will be something you will need to prepare for!





1. Proper Transportation from the airport!

2. Hotel that is pet friendly

3. Nearest pet store (That doesn’t sell puppies!) unless you have no other choice.

4. Emergency vet information for the area you are staying.

This is also the time you want to watch your dog for anything that is out of normal I.E. are they having trouble standing? Keeping balance? Seem in distress? This is why it is imperative to have a contact for a vet in the area that can see you in a moment’s notice. You will probably not need the vet, but it is better to have it and not need it, then need it and not have it.

If you are finally in your destination depending on your flight wether or not it is international or domestic. If you are on a domestic flight you simply grab your bags and go. If you are on an international flight you’re going to be at the airport for a while and this is what you can expect.

1. Immigrations: You will not be allowed to carry your pugs through immigrations. A CDC representative will meet you at the airplane and will take your pug to the CDC office where they will verify all of your pug’s health records and particularly their RABIES vaccination. Make sure your pug’s inoculations are up to date, or this will be a difficult time for you, and your pug.

I am open to all constructive criticism! if you want further information please feel free to PM me or reply on this thread and I will try to answer with the best of my ability. My main concern has always been the welbeing of my pugs and others pugs.





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Re: A small guide to pug travel

Post  Saira on 7/20/2012, 10:48 am

This is a really great overview. Every once in a while we get someone ask our rescue about moving overseas with their pug, and this is a great info. You obviously did a lot of prep work, and it showed- you guys all made it there safely!Very Happy
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Re: A small guide to pug travel

Post  Renee on 7/20/2012, 4:29 pm

This is a fabulous post - and so well constructed.

Thank you for posting this. We get a lot of people that travel internationally through AK (military), and this is just the type of information they need.

A few questions:

How long before the flight did you train with the carrier?

At any time were the pugs allowed to come out of the carriers while in flight?
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Re: A small guide to pug travel

Post  Stitch Chan on 7/20/2012, 6:20 pm

Renee wrote:This is a fabulous post - and so well constructed.

Thank you for posting this. We get a lot of people that travel internationally through AK (military), and this is just the type of information they need.

A few questions:

How long before the flight did you train with the carrier?

At any time were the pugs allowed to come out of the carriers while in flight?


We didn't have much time to train with the carriers, as they were late getting to us (Military Mail System). We did however take them on a few couple hour car rides in their carriers, there was allot of fussing, but after awhile they got used to being in there, we just didn't take them out when they whined.

No the pugs were not allowed out of the carriers, but the flight attendants did ask to see them so we would let them poke their heads out occasionally for the flight attendants could pet them. When we first boarded the aircraft the head flight attendant came to us and asked if there was anything our pugs needed, and to not hesitate to ask for anything, they were very helpful with us!

As far as the military flights are concerned, they are very very helpful. They didn't hassle us at all they didn't even weigh our pugs prior to the flight. They simple took the money for the in cabin spots and said have a nice flight.
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Re: A small guide to pug travel

Post  Aussie Witch on 7/20/2012, 9:55 pm

A brilliant resource for people going through a big move with their pugs. Thanks for taking the time to do it! I'm so glad it was so successful for you and the family.
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Re: A small guide to pug travel

Post  Amanda on 7/20/2012, 10:12 pm

Thanks so much for posting this! I made it a sticky.

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Post  amandaroya on 11/17/2012, 1:12 pm

Hello! I found this site while doing research on flying with my 5 year old, HIGHLY anxious, pug. This post was great, and I will definitely be looking into the sherpa carriers.

My biggest concern is the medication. We have tried benedryl and xanax for pedicure related anxiety. Neither can keep her from a furious barking session. I hate to see her this scared, and am fairly certain the plane ride will be very stressful for her.

The vet prescribed 5mg of Acepromazine to try out at home. We are over an hour into the dose and her energy level has not changed. What experiences have any of you had with Ace? Is it possible to use a higher dose, or switch to another medication?

Her blood work is great, and has no heart problems.


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Re: A small guide to pug travel

Post  Stitch Chan on 11/17/2012, 2:43 pm

I'm not familiar with the medication side but we too have an anxious pug that is very hyperactive the combination of the antihistamine, and the vibrations from the plane made her fall asleep, she was actually more well behaved than our boy pug who is very laid back.
one thing I do know is that you being with your pug on the plane helps them with anxiety. when you first start with the carrier training there will be allot of whining and screaming, I would suggest that you sit next to the carrier while your training, but do not let them out! when your on the plane you will not be able to take them out period.
I was worried sick before our flight, but my pugs made me look bad cause they both did just fine on our 10 plus hour flight. you will deal with more anxiety then your pug more than likely.
what I will say about medication is trust the recommendation of your trusted vet. my wife and I would jot use sedatives and our vet in japan didn't recommend sedatives. we tried the antihistamine weeks before the flight with no effect. but as soon as that plane started moving they were both snoring up a storm.


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Re: A small guide to pug travel

Post  amandaroya on 11/17/2012, 3:31 pm

10 hours-that's incredible! This is definitely encouraging to hear.

I am planning on buying a crate now, so that I will have a few weeks to get her used to the crate. What kind of schedule do you suggest for the carrier training?

I think you are definitely right about me being the most anxious one on the flight! I certainly hope she snores through the whole thing.

Thanks!
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Re: A small guide to pug travel

Post  Stitch Chan on 11/19/2012, 8:24 am

Ultimately it is up to you how you want to train, or prepare you know your fur kid better than the rest of us. I would start by having the sherpa bag out and open and let your little one explore it first. Pugs are curious and more than likely you will come back into the room to find your little one inside the bag laying down, if you try and force it then its going to constantly be a struggle to get your pug in there. You can entice with treats affection, and other positive means. But remember ultimately your pugs stress levels are more determined on weather you are with them or not, you can be the biggest stress relief just by being there, and being a familiar smell.
If this is a shorter flight I wouldn't really sweat it too much. Don't sweat irritating passengers either we found more people were curious about our little ones than upset about noise. The flight attendants loved them, most people asked us a ton of questions about them.
When we took ours on the plane I almost had a heart attack on take off, so many things running through my mind. But ultimately our pugs were affected very little by the flight, altitude changes, and other variables. If your properly plan you will win the battle!
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Re: A small guide to pug travel

Post  kdnass on 1/14/2014, 3:27 pm

My Sora is 14 lbs and travels in the medium sized Sherpa carrier. Her first flight was really stressful because she hated being zipped up in the carrier.  When we were waiting in the terminal, I unzipped it and she stayed in it just fine.  She just didn't like being in doggie "jail" when she could see all the people.  At LAX, they don't care if she's out on the terminal, though.  I usually find a quiet corner and let her walk around a little prior to the flight.  

She is a pro flier now, and they always let me take her out of her crate to give her water.  She's slept in my lap under a blanket on numerous occasions (even in 1st Class), as long as the person next to me doesn't mind dogs (or is asleep - hee, hee!).  She usually gets a little fussy at take-off and landing, probably due to the noise and air pressure in her poor ears.  Other than that, she's a trooper.  

At any point if I am asked to put her away, I know I have to follow the travel guidelines.  I always push my luck, though, and am as discreet as possible.  I only had one flight attendant ask me to put her away, but she was panting a little and we were waiting for another attendant to bring her water.  That was her very first flight, and she's gotten used to our 4 1/2 to 5 hour trips to see her grandparents in KY. :)

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Re: A small guide to pug travel

Post  ayleash on 1/16/2014, 10:02 am

I love love love this. Thanks!

I would "add" - ice chips can help with the thirst quenching on long flights... and I grab a newspaper or two to put UNDER the carrier when it's under the seat.. the floor of the plane, I learned - at least in some locations - can get VERY hot!  (hence the ice chip implementation!)
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