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When to Get Urgent Care for Your Pug

By Elaine Waldorf Gewirtz

Part of Pugs For Dummies Cheat Sheet

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.