If you are unsure whether your Pug’s health problem requires emergency veterinary care, it's always a good idea to call your veterinarian. Here are some health issues that require immediate medical attention:

  • Antifreeze ingestion: If you think your dog has ingested antifreeze and shows these symptoms — convulsions or diarrhea, excessive urination, weakness or vomiting, or loss of coordination — take him to your veterinarian immediately.

  • Cardiac arrest: If your Pug is unconscious, stops breathing, has dilated pupils or white gums, or if you can’t detect a heartbeat, your Pug may be in cardiac arrest.

  • Coma: If your dog has irregular breathing but doesn’t respond and won’t get up, he may be in a coma.

  • Drowning: If your Pug stops breathing, tip your Pug’s head down and thump the chest a few times to drain the water from the airways.

  • Overheating: Too much exercise on a hot or humid day or being left in a hot car can cause overheating. Your Pug may collapse or have severe muscle cramps, vomiting, seizure-like tremors, or rapid breathing.

  • Penetrating chest wounds: Your Pug needs immediate care if he has had an accident that leaves an opening in the chest wall.

  • Poisoning: Signs of poisoning can include vomiting, bloody diarrhea, tremors, excessive salivation, and nosebleeds.

  • Seizures: Your dog will experience uncontrollable shaking of the head, legs, or body and have a strange faraway look in his eyes.

  • Smoke inhalation and burns: You often can't determine the severity of the damage from smoke inhalation and burns, so get emergency help as soon as possible.

  • Steady bleeding: Hold a clean towel against the wound until you can transport your dog to the vet.

  • Wheezing: If your dog has trouble breathing and sounds like a person with severe asthma, get him to the vet as soon as possible.