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Pugs, Shih Tzus and Some Cute Cats Can't Catch a Flight on Cathay Pacific

July 26, 2011 at 9:47 AM | by | ()

If you’re a fan of those smoosh-faced dog breeds—and who isn’t—then you better bid your pooch a fond farewell before heading overseas. Cathay Pacific is good at plenty of things up in the air, but as of this summer they’re no longer willing to transport certain dog breeds that are usually prone to breathing problems and other respiratory difficulties.

It’s kind of a good thing really, as the airline doesn’t want any of these short-nosed breeds to have issues during their flight—especially like an international long-haul. The stress of flying associated with their genetic “features” usually isn’t the best combination, so as of last week these types of canines are no longer approved for travel in the plane’s cargo hold.

Pugs, Bulldogs, Boston Terriers, Shih Tzus, and Boxers are just a few of the breeds that were banned as of July 18. There’s even a few cats that won’t be able to catch a flight including Exotic shorthairs, Himalayans, and Persians.

This isn’t anything new, as Singapore Airlines has already placed a similar travel ban on these types of pooches and even some US carriers have done the same. American Airlines will only allow some of these breeds to fly in the cabin—not in the cargo hold—and other airlines like United aren’t allowing these breeds to fly below the plane during the hot summer months.

Sure it’s a bummer that you can’t bring your little buddy along, but it’s better to leave your pal at home then deal with a potential disaster during vacation. If you still can’t handle leaving that bundle of fuzz behind, don’t forget that there’s always Pet Airways!

[Photo of banned cargo: Tumbleweed:-)]

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