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An unproductive cough can sometimes indicate an upper respiratory tract infection, esphogaus issue (reflux) or something lodged in the throat. If the vet did not feel that this is an issue that antibiotics can take care of, then an X-Ray will be needed. As the prices for these vary greatly from vet to vet consider giving a call around to variuos ones in your area. This can often save a great deal in the long run. -Robyn
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Pugs can be more prone to breathing issues then some other breeds. To be safe, you may want to contact your emergency vet. The reason being: If this is in fact an infection, the sooner he gets on antibioics the better it will be for him. Inflammation from coughing can be problematic in these little guys. Secondlly, if he something lodged in there, you want to find out ASAP. I hope he's doing better soon. -Robyn
It really sounds like the hallmark signs of a respiratory tract infection. However, with these little guys (and their breathing sturctures) or always better to be safe then sorry. Imagine their throat as more of a "foldy" area whereas other breeds (like a Lab) have a smooth passage down. This can be problematic if brething issues or inflammation arise. -Robyn