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How To Help A Pug Having Difficulty Breathing

how to help a pug having difficulty breathingHi there thanks for visiting the blog! This post is to show owners how to help a pug having difficulty breathing.

Many owners enjoy and laugh at the silly sounds their pug-nosed dogs make.Owners should be aware that this audible breathing can be indicative of a far greater problem.

While the little snores and sneezes can be quite charming, the sounds are actually a result of a respiratory system that is not ideally designed.

As long as you keep a close eye on your Pug, he or she will be perfectly fine.

Why Pugs Often Have Trouble Breathing

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.

Of course pug owners usually adjust to these constant snorts. Most even grow to love them.

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/she has shown shortness of breath could cause your dog to collapse.

Symptoms Of Pug Breathing Problems

Not every Pug will suffer from any or these conditions, but its a very good idea to find out how to deal with a pug with trouble breathing. When the following symptoms occur you will be able to recognize them.It’s important for owners of Pugs to know how to help a pug having difficulty breathing. It could save their little associates life.

How To Help A Pug Having Difficulty Breathing

Start helping a pug with breathing difficulties before they become worse;

  • Collapse
  • Noisy breathing and a panicky demeanor.
  • The gums are turning blue.
  • Lots of thick sticky saliva
  • Unwillingness to move
  • Uneasiness and an inability to get comfortable

How To Help A Pug Having Difficulty Breathing


1.0 If your little dog starts to display any signs of breathing difficulties make sure he/she is in a cool place. Stop any play. If your little dog show 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 Brachcyephalic 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.

how to help a pug having difficulty breathingThe 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 risk of heat stroke, always make sure your little pal has plenty of cool water to drink. Do not leave your Pug unattended in warm places. Don’t let them run too much on warm days.

If you notice that your pug is starting to pant for water on his/her coat to cool him down. Moisten his/her tongue.

Put a fan on your little dog at a low setting. Most importantly make sure there is water available for drinking.

5.0 Pugs love to eat don’t allow your pug to get obese. Before you know it you will find yourself dealing with a pug with 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.

One Last Thing

Pugs are food hogs and therefore prone to excess weight gain. This can further complicate breathing problems. Controlling your little friends diet is important. Moderate exercise is part of taking care of your dog as well.  The problem is that Pugs can not deal with excess exercise.

 Here’s a few tips to help you give moderate exercise for your little Pug:

  • Keep your daily walks short. (15 to 25 minutes) 
  • In summer schedule your walks for early morning or the early evening.  
  • Take at least one short break during your walk. 
  • Take a bowl and a bottle of cold water along  so you can offer your little associate a drink.  
  • 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.  
  • If your Pug begins to wheeze or show any sign of  distress, stop immediately. Bring him/her to a shady spot, offer a cold drink. Don’t start walking again until your Pug has had a good rest.

God Bless You

Rich S.


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Since I retired from business I have had the time to write. I have learned so much from these dogs over the years and count myself something of an expert when it comes to Pugs.These dogs and their owners deserve to have a voice.If you have anything interesting that you would like to share or any opinions about any of the content I have created on my site please speak up. I enjoy feedback in any form. I would love to connect. Simply leave your comment below and make sure you visit this site regularly as I am always adding new techniques and advice that I come across that I know you will find interesting.Anyways, I wish you everything of the best and thank you for dropping by and I hope you enjoy the blog. If you're a Pug lover like me I'm sure you will enjoy what I have to share. Cheers, Richard S.

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