Julie: How to help my Pug with breathing problems?
My Pug sometimes has trouble breathing and he stands really weird with his tail down and head up struggling to breathe. I want to help more when this happens. I give him water to drink which he does drink when he's better. This usually lasts around 10-45 seconds.
I want to help him when this is happening, what can I do that is safe for him so he will breathe easier?
Oh, by the way, he's 4 going to be 5 in May. Just in case you need that info. Thanks.
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Answer by Sisu
It is called reverse sneezing.
Sometimes placing the palm of your hand over the Pug's nostrils and allowing him to snort a couple of times will help overcome the breathing attack. You can also try rubbing his throat directly under the jaw.
Answer by Rita
Press its tongue down inside its mouth with your thumb or finger to clear the passage for clear breathing.., it will feel better instantly and sleep comfortably.
Answer by Jenny Manyteeth
Consult with your veterinarian. It's possible that there is a medication or a surgical solution for Pugs breathing problems.
I've heard of Bulldogs who needed surgery to open the airways in their skulls so they could exercise without distress; all the brachycephalic breeds (flat-faced) have a risk of narrowed sinuses and nostrils because of the flattening of the face.
Answer by Kyle
This exact thing happened with my black Pug puppy (Apollo) when he was about 5 months old. At first, I thought he was choking on something so I freaked out and the first thing I thought of was to pat his side. After about 10 seconds of patting his side, he started to cough up what I'm guessing is mucus that builds up in his nose. Nothing ever actually comes up out of his mouth but he instantly feels better and relaxes his breathing and stance.
As for pug owners that feel hopeless because they feel bad for their pug not being able to breathe properly while laying down I'd try to adjust the position of their head. At least mine seems to sleep/breathe easier with his head elevated upwards.
Answer by Mama Tex
Pugs are prone to breathing issues because of their short muzzle. Only use a harness no collars, keep their nose clear and always vaccinate for kennel cough. Keep cool and do not over exercise him. It's just something the breed has to deal with. Good Luck
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Answer by FidosCityGuide
Check with your vet, but pug-nosed dogs often have breathing problems. It might just be what is called a reverse sneeze, (my Yorkie does that).
The best source of information is from your vet, who knows your dog and it's medical history.
Answer by Mikey
The puppy probably has asthma. You should take him to a vet regularly, and when he starts to do this, hold him up and make sure your Pug is breathing. You should try and get him medication.
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