Short-faced breeds fare worse on flights

08/23/2010 | Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model)

About half the dogs that died on airplane flights during the past five years are short-faced breeds, according to a U.S. Department of Transportation analysis. Breeds including pugs and bulldogs are at greater risk because they are prone to respiratory issues and they tend to breathe less efficiently than other breeds, says AVMA's Dr. Kimberly May. The anxiety created by confinement in the cargo hold may exacerbate the problems and make it tougher for short-faced dogs to cool off, May said.

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