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Do puggles have breathing problems?

The respiratory system of a puggle consists of the nostrils (nostrils), nasal cavity, sinuses, pharynx (the membranous cavity connecting the nasal cavity and the esophagus, the esophagus is the passage to the stomach), the larynx (also known as the speaker), the trachea (also known as the trachea), the bronchus (the branch of the trachea) extending to the lungs) and lungs.


Puggle respiratory system

When any of these components are abnormal, it will affect the ability of the puggle to breathe normally. puggles are prone to breathing-related abnormalities, which are directly related to the shape of the skulls of this breed.

The skull and muzzle shape of canines

Skull – the skull is thin and round with a relatively long nose. This shape allows a lot of space in the nasal cavity.
Middle skull – skull, and nose are almost equal in length, which is considered to be a “medium” muzzle. In general, there is enough space in the nasal cavity and all other parts of the upper respiratory system.
Short head – Skull dense, muzzle relatively short. Because the upper respiratory system must adapt to this compressed shape, abnormalities and associated breathing problems usually occur.

The most common symptom of puggle dyspnea

Dyspnea during exercise. A puggle may have difficulty breathing or severe wheezing during prolonged physical activity, strenuous activity, and/or in hot, humid, or very cold weather conditions.
(1) Breathing is noisy. A puggle also makes a lot of noises during rest, including snoring, snoring, wheezing, or wheezing.
(2) Snoring. This can range from mild to severe and may include sleep apnea (a brief moment of apnea).
In some cases, minor breathing problems are considered normal and you do not need to take any action other than following general care tips to help puggles breathe as well as possible. However, in moderate to severe cases, these respiratory-related problems indicate abnormal components of the upper respiratory system and may require veterinary treatment.


Ways to help puggles breathe better

Even if the puggle does not have respiratory disorders (narrow nostrils, elongated soft palate, abnormal trachea, etc.) or is diagnosed as mild (without surgery), there may still be a lot of respiratory problems in a puggle. There may be a variety of noises, difficulty in falling asleep or staying asleep, wheezing hinders exercise requirements, intolerance to hot or cold weather, and other problems. Fortunately, there are many things you can do to help your puggle breathe better during activity and rest.
(1) You need to keep the room temperature between 68 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit (20 to 24 degrees Celsius). When using the air conditioner in hot weather, pay attention not to turn on the heating too much in winter. For those who don’t have air conditioning, there are things that can keep the room cool and help the puggle breathe better, including opening the windows across the house to create air circulation, placing fans to help airflow through the room, and closing blinds and curtains to block the sun, which would otherwise heat the house.
(2) Maintain a humidity of 35% to 45%. Excessive dry air will dry the breathing channels, and the air with high humidity will also interfere with breathing. Most puggles do best at between 35% and 45% humidity, but this is rarely the level found naturally at home. In winter, the air is very dry because the cold air can’t keep moisture. When dry air is heated at home, the relative humidity drops significantly, which exacerbates the problem. In many places, the air usually contains a lot of water in summer, which is the opposite.