Pekingese Breathing Problems


Pekingese breathing problems are primarily due to its wider head and flattened nose. Their abnormal facial construction contributes on why they are such a brachecephalic breed. However, it was also noted that a Pekingese’s breathing issue may be due to their lack of tolerance in physical endurance.

Pekingese is one of the toy breeds that has normal issues with breathing and eye sight. So, if you are a first time owner of this breed you better first know about the breed’s breathing concerns.

Various breeds have different body and facial structures and the Pekes have a very unique facial structure. Their flattened face causes them to have a difficulty in breathing and intolerant to physical endurance.

Pekingese Breathing Problems

Pekingese Breathing Problems

Does the Pekingese have problems with breathing?

Pekingese dogs have small skulls and flat faces that can cause some problems with breathing. These problems can be made worse by long exposure to extremely warm or cold weather. Owners should always watch for signs of trouble with breathing and the common “cold.” In addition, the Pekingese usually does not have a problem with “weeping” eyes. Any sign of this should be shown to a veterinarian right away.

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Other Health Concerns You Should Know:

  • Body temperature regulation. Pekes have major issues on this one, one of the factors is their thick coats. But according to experts, this health concern stems out from their breathing problems.
  • Heat Stroke. This breed is very prone to this condition due to their poor temperature regulation. Every owner must be vigilant of this one since it can cause irreversible brain damage or even death at worse cases. Heat strokes often occur when you tend to leave your Pekes outdoors during hot weather for long periods of time. Some signs of heat stroke would include fatigue, nausea, and overall weakness, disorientation, breathing problems, and hypertension. The final result of all this is seizures which is then followed by death.
  • Heart Attack/Stroke. Due to their inability to regulate body temperature effectively, they are prone to stroke and heart attacks. If you see them panting so hard and gasping for air, you better attend to him immediately. Do your best to lower your pet’s temperature. Or bring him to the nearest vet if needed.
  • Another concern is surgery. At one point or another you would need to let your Pekingese go under the knife and by doing so, it requires anesthesia. The administration of anesthesia can cause breathing issues for your Peke. Some Pekes even die during surgery due to anesthesia complications. It is ideal that you should inquire from your vet about this one before allowing any form of surgery on your pet.

Before you decide to go get yourself a Pekingese, make sure that you know all about pekingese breathing problems. Or should I say, you should first research about all the aspects of care for this breed.

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