Hi 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.
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.
Start helping a pug with breathing difficulties before they become worse;
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1.0 If your little dog starts to display any signs of breathing difficulties make sure she is in a cool 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 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 her coat to cool him down. Moisten 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.
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 excess exercise.
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