Hi there, thanks for visiting the blog! This post is to show owners how to help a pug with breathing difficulties.
While your pug's little snores and sneezes can be quite charming, keep in mind that the sounds are actually a result of a respiratory system that is not ideally designed.
Of course, pug owners usually adjust to these constant snorts. Most even grow to love them. As long as you keep a close eye on your Pug, he will be perfectly fine.
Pug respiratory problems occur because they have a narrower trachea than most other dogs.
The Soft palate separates your Pugs mouth from the nose at the back of the throat. When it's too long it can hang down and block the travel of air. This is what causes those audible breathing sounds like snorts or snores.
Pugs nostrils are narrow and they also have long soft palates, that take up a lot of space back in their throats.The amount of soft tissue is the reason pugs snore and are noisy breathers.
Even mild exertion can cause a pug to start panting heavily just to get enough oxygen.Continuous exercise after he has shown shortness of breath could cause your dog to collapse.
Although not every dog will have chronic breathing difficulties its a very good idea to know how to help a pug with breathing difficulties. It could save their little partners life.
If you notice any of these symptoms start helping your pug before it gets worse;
1.0 If your little dog starts to display any signs of breathing difficulties move her into a shady place. Stop any play. If your little dog shows no improvement, contact your veterinarian immediately.
2.0 Try to stay calm. Your little friend may pick up your panic and become panicky as well.
3.0 A number of Brachycephalic dogs will end up suffering from a problem called "stenotic nares," which is a medical way of saying small nostrils.
As you might expect, small nostrils often the cause of Pugs to have trouble breathing. "Tracheal stenosis" is a similar issue where the trachea is too narrow for air to pass through easily.
A pug with trouble breathing may need corrective surgery. This involves trimming back excessive amounts of tissue back of the dogs' throat. This operation that will widen the nostrils. After this surgery, your Pug will be able to breathe freely again.
4.0 As if these problems weren't enough for the poor Pug to deal with, the breed is also prone to heat stroke.The shape of their faces and their respiratory system make it more difficult for them to pant.
It's, therefore, harder for them to cool themselves naturally.
To avoid the risk of heat stroke, always make sure your little pal has plenty of cool water to drink. Do not leave your Pug unattended in a hot car. Don't play fetch with him on warm days.
If you notice that your pug is starting to pant for water pour water on his coat to cool him down. Moisten your pug's tongue.
Put a fan on your little dog on a low setting.
5.0 Pugs love to eat but if you do allow your dog to get obese before you know it you will find yourself dealing with a pug having trouble breathing.
Excess weight puts extra demand on your pug’s body for oxygen. Extra body fat can compress this, airway, lungs and throat, adding to his breathing problems.
Pugs are food hogs and therefore prone to excess weight gain.
This can further complicate breathing problems. Controlling your little friend's diet is important.
Moderate exercise is part of taking care of your dog as well. The problem is that Pugs can not deal with too much exercise.
1.1 Keep your daily walks short. (15 to 25 minutes)
1.2 In summer schedule your walks for early morning or the early evening.
1.3 Take at least one short break during your walk.
1.4 Have a bowl and a bottle of cold water along so you can offer your little associate a drink.
1.5 Keep in mind your Pug's susceptibility to overheating during exercise. If you have a pug with trouble breathing at the end of your walk cut back to 10 minute walks over the next few days.
1.6 If your Pug begins to wheeze or show any sign of distress, stop immediately. Bring her to a shady spot, offer a cold drink. Don't start walking again until your Pug has had a good rest.
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