Do you know when your Pug is under distress, whether from heat or being hurt? This information is critical to help assess if your Pug needs immediate care or just additional attention to overcome an injury. Here is some information to keep in mind, especially out in the heat: normal body temperature for a Pug is over 100°F but under a 103°F, a normal heart beat for a Pug (pending size) is 70 – 160 beats per minute, and breathing is 10-30 breaths or 200 pants per minute. If your Pug is panting harder and faster the Pug is under distress. Immediate care is needed, cooling the Pug and getting them to a veterinarian is critical. How do you take the temperature of a Pug, well, a thermometer in the butt is the best and most accurate way. A digital rectal thermometer will be needed. It is not a pretty thing for the Pug let alone yourself but it is needed to help continue to assess your Pug. How do you count the heart beats? Fortunately, that is a lot easier then obtaining the temperature. Lay your Pug on their side, place your hand on the Pug’s chest just behind their elbow, and count the number of beats for 15 seconds than multiply by 4. This will give you the heart beats per minute. Any of these signs that are borderline or out of the normal realms it is best to take your Pug to the veterinarian. One more thing that one should consider when they have a Pug is to make sure they stay hydrated. To check to make sure your Pug is hydrated is pull the skin back forming what looks like a “tent”, release, and if the skin returns within 2 seconds your Pug is hydrated. If the skin stays in the “tent” position then your Pug is dehydrated and needs water immediately. One other test one could do to verify if your Pug is dehydrated or not is to inspect their gums and eyes. If your Pug’s gums and eyes are dry they need water immediately. When one has Pugs or any other animal to know or have some knowledge of Pet First Aid is important and could save money and a Pug’s life. If you are interested in learning more about Pet First Aid please contact your local Humane Society, your veterinarian, or a local rescue.
September 3, 2013