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Dog's Health and Readiness for Travel - Dog Breed

Extra care is required with many short-nosed dogs during air travel. Short-nosed or “brachycephalic” dogs are susceptible to increased risk of heat stroke and breathing problems when exposed to stress or extreme heat. Examples of short-nosed breeds include: Boston Terrier, Boxer, Brussels Griffon, Dutch Pug, English Bulldog, English Toy Spaniel, French Bulldog, Japanese Chin, Lhasa Apso. These problems also occur in crossbred versions of these dogs.

The breeds of dog that are more likely to have health problems during air travel have ____.

A) short noses

CORRECT! short nose or brachycephalic dogs are susceptible to increased risk during air travel.

B) long hair year round

Incorrect - Try Again

C) long tails

Incorrect - Try Again

The lessons below are designed for pet owners who are planning to travel with their dogs and airport personnel who have the responsibility of accepting dogs for air travel. After reviewing this lesson, you will understand the factors that can improve the safety of dogs during air travel. To learn how to plan for the safety of your dog during air travel: 1) read the instructions online, 2) watch the movie, or 3) view the practice activities below.

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