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my pug takes an attack, sounds like gasping for air or like

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my pug takes an attack, sounds like gasping for air or like a snorking, hard to explain but after he paces and behaves like he wants me away from him but looks at me like he needs me and has had trouble walking and climbing, tail is down, is this common or serious?
Welcome! My name isXXXXX am a UC Davis graduate, and currently, a Medical Director of a veterinary hospital.

I am sorry to hear about this concern.

Is he still having the gasping right now?

Is he still walking irregular right now?

If he is back to normal, how long did the gasping last?

How old is he?

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Customer: replied 2 years ago.

he is 6 and is no longer gasping, it lasts less than a minute at a time, but he does it several times in a row...tail is still down, he has had issues with his hip before, sprained from jumping off furniture, but I am still concerned


I am sorry to hear about this concern.
Two separate issues it sounds like.

So, first for the hip issue, even if back to walking better, he clearly needs some better supportive care to manage the joint problems. So, that means some combination of joint support supplementation, definitely a trial run with a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory, and lastly, a pain medication, only if needed.

A few common medications prescribed by vets (not all options,but many of the most common choices): NSAIDS,
Pain Control

Currently, one of my favorite joint support supplements on the market is Dasuquin or Cosequin. Here is some more information about it. Many veterinarians and clients have observed that after a few months on a quality joint support product, they can often reduce the dose of the non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications there pets may already be taking. A supplement can take several weeks to observe benefit, so it is important additional anti-inflammatory or pain medications are used in the meantime.
Product Information about Dasuquin / Cosequin
Also, an incredible clinically tested food to help with joint problems is J/D.
J/D Diet
Another supplement to review would be Adequan injections for joint health. These injections are also quite popular and have helped many pets with arthritic disease.
Adequan injections

Now, the breathing issues. It sounds a lot like either collapsing trachea episodes or reverse sneezing fits. Some here is some extra information including some videos. The additional links also talk about therapy.

You could be describing reverse sneezing or a collapsing trachea condition:
Reverse Sneezing Video
Reverse Sneezing Information
Collapsing Trachea Video
Collapsing Trachea Information.

Please let me know if there is anything I did not cover for you. I hope that information has been helpful.
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