Is it safe for your dog to fly?

There are many people who put their dogs on planes, and they usually go in the cargo hold.

Here’s a story from MSNBC which says that researchers have found that dogs with short snouts, bulldogs, pugs, etc., are more likely to die during air travel.  It seems that short-snouted dogs have a particular skull formation than can have an adverse affect on their breathing.  In case you missed the link to the original story above, here it is again.

My daughter’s dog is almost a frequent flyer, but he gets better treatment on a flight than I do!

Tyson is a very special dog, he’s a Lions Hearing Dog, so has guide dog status, which means that when he travels with my daughter, he flies in the cabin with her.  Lions Clubs sponsor the cost of training the Hearing Dogs, and they do a marvellous job.

Better still, he has a reserved seat, and it is the window seat, so that he can’t be disturbed by other passengers.  Of course, he doesn’t actually sit in the seat, the airline just puts an absorbent mat of the floor, it’s much like an incontinence pad, for him to lie on.  He’s been very well behaved on each flight, and has never soiled the mat, but he has moistened a few trees at the airports at other end of his journey.

Tyson usually gets special treatment from the flight crew, and he is so well behaved that few passenger even know that he’s on board, especially as he always boards early.  The look on other passengers faces when they see a dog disembarking the plane is classic.

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