If your Pug is sneezing, coughing or wheezing do not take it lightly. This will mean that your dog is having a
difficult time breathing and this is serious, particularly for this breed. Of course, the occasional sneeze is normal; this can be from dust or a twitch just as a human will have. However, a deep cough and/or wheezing are serious signs that something is wrong.
Working with a veterinarian, the trigger(s) can be found. Blood testing can pin point some allergens, although it is not 100% accurate. This goes for intradermal skin testing as well
The allergy may be to almost any element (usually contact or inhaled); this can include pollen, the detergent that you use to wash the dog bed, pollen, ragweed...anything a person can have a reaction to.
An owner may not happen to be sensitive to ragweed for example, and therefore have no idea that it is in the air and causing their dog to have breathing difficulties.
If you are outside with your Pug when this happens, bring him inside right away. If you determine that he does not need immediate vet attention, you should give him or her a bath to wash off any possible contact allergies that are triggering the reaction.
In many areas, on high pollen count days, cars are covered in a yellow dust each morning... It's a bit like it there was a small snow shower overnight, but it is happening in warm weather... If that much falls within 8 hours, a good amount will be in the air and will be inhaled during just an hour of outdoor play.
Common are what is known as hot spots. They are areas of dry, irritated skin. They can be as small as grouping of freckles... Or as large as 4 or 5 inches in diameter. The dry, itchy skin
causes the dog to paw at and chew at the area. When doing so, it only becomes more sensitive and irritated. If it breaks open, infection can set in.