DOT Data Shows “Short Faced” Dogs More Prone To Death In Flight


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DOT Data Shows “Short Faced” Dogs More Prone To Death In Flight

Mike Mitchell

July 17, 2010 - “Short faced” dog breeds such as pugs and bulldogs represent about half of the dogs that die while being transported by their owners as cargo (in the belly of the aircraft not in passenger cabin area), a significantly higher rate of mortality than for other dog breeds, according to data compiled by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT).


Since May 2005, U.S. airlines have been required by law to file monthly reports to DOT on incidents involving the death, injury or loss of pets during air transport. Data submitted to the Department disclose dog breeds.


During the last five years there have been 122 dog deaths, a number far exceeding the deaths of other pets, 22, and exceeding the number of pets reported lost or injured, 88.  The Department believes the number of dogs and other pets that die during flight is an extremely small percentage of the total number of pets carried each year by the airlines.


Eliminating data on the deaths of “unknown” and “mixed breeds,” approximately half of the pet dogs that died in flight over the last five years belonged to short-faced breeds, such as the English bulldog, pug, French bulldog and American Staffordshire terrier.


Owners also should consult their pets’ veterinarians about any genetic features in dogs of this type and the medical condition of their pets before deciding to transport them by aircraft.


Some airlines do not allow any pets to travel in the cabin. You can call the airline you are traveling on to find out if they allow pets in the passenger cabin. You can find out what the specific policies and procedures are for each airline in several ways. You can call the airline's reservations line and get information from the agent who takes your call. You can also look at an airline's website to get information about their policies for traveling with pets.


The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) allows each airline to decide if they will allow you to travel with your pet in the passenger cabin. If an airline does allow you to bring your pet into the cabin, the FAA considers your pet container to be carry-on baggage and you must follow all carry on baggage rules (14 CFR part 121, section 121.589).


Your pet container must be small enough to fit underneath the seat without blocking any person's path to the main aisle of the airplane, container must be stowed properly before the last passenger entry door to the airplane is closed in order for the airplane to leave the gate. Your pet container must remain properly stowed the entire time the airplane is moving on the airport surface, and for take off and landing and you must follow flight attendant instructions regarding the proper stowage of your pet container.


If an airline allows you to travel with your pet in the cabin, you must follow all FAA regulations. Usually, most airlines have additional policies and procedures for you to follow to make sure that the flight is comfortable for all passengers on the airplane.


These additional procedures may include a limited list of the types of pets that you can bring into the cabin, the number of pets in the cabin, number of pets that may accompany any single passenger on the airplane, pet be harmless, inoffensive and odorless. Require pet remain in the container for the entire flight and require passenger be able to produce a recently issued health certificate for pet.


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