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7 year old female pug started sounding congested shortly after

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7 year old female pug started sounding congested shortly after eating this morning. constantly licking her nose. sounds very congested
Hi there,

Thanks for your question regarding your Pug who seems to be a bit congested this morning. You will need to keep a close eye on her for the next hour or two if you can, as given she already has a pretty narrow airway, she could potentially have breathing difficulty if this continues. As you can imagine, there are a number of possible reasons as to why should could seem more congested including anything from rhinitis (inflammation/infection of the nasal passages), to a foreign body (dog biscuit) lodged above her soft palate, or even just due to heat or an allergy.

If she seems to be having any difficulty breathing right now - then get her seen at your local Vet or ER Vet right now if you can. If she doesn't seem too bad or seems to have settled, then you could try a little benadryl. The typical dose used for this type of scenario is 1mg per pound of body weight. I would also suggest you keep an eye on her mucus membranes and refill time this morning.

Please keep a close eye on her mucus membranes, capillary refill time and respiratory rate this morning as follows:

Mucus membranes - flip her lip and look at the color of the gums. They should maintain a nice salmon pink color. Get her to the emergency Vet if they appear white or very pale pink, or if they are a dark deep red color.

Capillary Refill time - this measures blood perfusion and test this by putting your thumb on her gum to apply pressure. After you release your thumb you will see the gum blanch. Capillary refill time is the amount of time it takes (in seconds) for the gum to return to a healthy pink color from the blanced white color. If 2 seconds or less don't worry - if it is taking significantly more time, again - off to the emergency Vet.

Respiratory Rate - if she is continuously panting throughout the day, this is a sign of shock and or pain and a signal for a trip to the emergency Vet.

Best of luck with your girl and let me know how you get on. It is always better to safe in situations where breathing seems compromised, so do get her seen straight away if this seems to be the case. Don't forget to click a smiley :-D face if this has been helpful.

Kind Regards,

Dr Edwards
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Customer: replied 3 years ago.

thank you very much. very helpful.

No problem and best of luck with your girl.

Kind Regards,

Dr E
Hi,

I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?

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