As previously mentioned, pugs have an elongated soft pallet to the rear of their mouths, which can cause bouts of coughing
, particularly if an infection or virus causes a flare-up
of inflamation or irritation. Surgery can help (if this becomes a frequent problem for the dog), as it is possible to remove part of the soft pallet. For periods of coughing or laboured breathing (when no other reason can be identified), it is recommended to give a short course of corticosteroid and antibiotic.