AVMA cautions against flying smaller pets in cargo

09/7/2010 | Tuscaloosa News (Ala.), The

A large number of pets that died on U.S. commercial flights in the past five years reportedly were "short-faced" dogs, such as bulldogs and pugs. Those breeds are more susceptible to respiratory issues and typically have a harder time breathing than other breeds, said AVMA's Dr. Kimberly Anne May. The AVMA advises owners to limit plane trips for dogs and transport smaller pets in the plane's cabin, instead of placing them in the cargo hold.

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