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Pug Dog Health Issues

Pug Dog Health Issues

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The pug dog is distinctly characterized by its wrinkly face. It is also commonly referred to as a to
The pug dog is distinctly characterized by its wrinkly face. It is also commonly referred to as a to

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Pug Dog Health Issues
The pug dog is distinctly characterized by its wrinkly face. It is also commonly referred to as a toydog because of its small size. It has a well-developed, short, and square body. Pugs possess strongand sturdy pairs of legs. They come in an assortment of colors from brown, fawn, silver and evenblack. Their coats are covered with a glossy sheen. Other distinguishing features of the pug are itsears and tail. Its ears can be classified either as rose ears, which are very small and folded back against the side of the head, or button ears, slightly bigger than rose ears, but still folding forwardtoward the head. The tail is also referred to as a corkscrew tail, and it is short and twists back overthe hip. Pug dogs were native to China, but were introduced into Europe around the 16th century,and became very popular all over the continent, especially in England and Italy.The pug has also been a member of the American Kennel Club Toy Group for more than a hundred years. Being diminutive makes them utterly cute and delightful, hence people, especially those livingin apartments and have space constraints, opt for pugs as pets, since they are not overly messy anddo not require a whole lot of exercise and training. So before you set out to get a pug pup from thenearby pet shop, read up on these health issues faced by pugs, so you will be better equipped to dealwith any problem that may arise.Pug Dog Health Concerns Although considered to be a fairly healthy dog which can live up to 10 years and sometimes well intoits teens, there are certain health problems a pug faces, as described below.Skin ProblemsDue to the highly wrinkled nature of the skin on its face, the pug can become prone to skininfections which can arise between its numerous folds. Pet owners should take extra care to cleanthe folds of the skin on a regular basis to get rid of any disease-causing germs, and promptly takethe pug to a vet at the first sign of a skin infection.Eye ProblemsEye problems also arise in part due to the shape of the pug's face which is pushed up and devoid of prominent snouts. Proptosis, which can cause irregular bulging of the eyes, and entropion, whichcauses the lower eyelid to fold inward are common eye infections a pug may face. Entropion, if itgoes unchecked, may lead to irritation in the cornea because of the eyelid constantly rubbing over it,and the cornea might get damaged permanently, blinding the pug, if proper care is not taken.Ear ProblemsPugs are prone to ear infections, and as an owner, you should diligently clean the pug's ears with anear wash. Symptoms of ear infection include discharge, redness, and foul odor emanating from theears, and the pug may shake his head violently if it is in pain. If you notice any of these signs, it'stime to make an appointment with the vet.ObesityPugs can eat a lot, much more than what they ideally should, hence you may find your pug becoming
 
overweight. This problem is easy to solve, do not overfeed your pet! If you can feel your pet's ribsand are able to view the waist clearly, then the pug is not obese. Regular exercise and a controlleddiet are just the things needed to overcome this problem.Breathing ProblemsWith a scrunched up face, a small snout, and bunched-up respiratory passageways, pugs may find itdifficult to breathe especially if the weather is too hot and muggy. Take care to see that the pug doesnot overheat and its body temperature does not exceed 105 °F. If this happens, immediately placethe pug in a cool, well-ventilated area so it can cool down instantly. A pug has an unusually long roof of the mouth, which is a commonly seen attribute in short-snouteddogs. Because of this, pugs suffer from what is known as backward sneezing. When that happens, apug unknowingly breathes rapidly and it may look like it is short of breath. It can happen if the pugis overly excited about something, or if something is stuck beneath the palate which can obstruct thebreathing. This is not a serious health concern, and most dogs suffer from it quite frequently. Toease your pug's discomfort, lightly rub his throat or pinch its nostrils until the breathing returns tonormal.Skeletal ProblemsHemivertebrae is a common spinal problem seen in a large number of pugs. If it occurs in the spinalcord, it can cause paralysis in the hind limbs. This is a serious condition, and the pug may have toundergo surgery to rectify the disorder.The other commonly seen ailment is hip dysplasia. It is characterized by an unusual formation in thehip socket, causing the joints to wear out faster than usual, and in the long run some dogs mayeventually suffer from severe joint pain and even arthritis.Some pugs may also suffer from patellar luxation, a genetic defect where the patella, or kneecapgets dislocated, coming out of its usual position. In severe cases if the animal is in pain and unable towalk, surgery may have to be performed.Pug Encephalitis A life-threatening condition, encephalitis, also known as necrotizing meningoencephalitis, causesinflammation of the brain and the membranes surrounding it. Almost all pugs who inherit this deadlydisease succumb to it, and some may have to be euthanized which will end their suffering. As thisdisease is believed to be inherited genetically, it would be wise to inquire with the breeder/seller of the pug you intend to buy whether any of its ancestors have ever suffered from this fatal disease.General UpkeepSome common things to keep in mind while taking care of your pug is to clean their teeth regularly.This is slightly tricky since pugs have such a small face. The teeth may appear uneven, but do itwithout fail to prevent the buildup of tartar. Allowing your dog to chew on bones will keep plaqueand tartar at bay. Trim their nails regularly. Take your pug to the vet for checkups on a regularbasis. Always buy a pup from a reputed pet shop or breeder, which will ensure that the newestmember of your family is not prone to any sickness.Pugs do not necessarily make good watchdogs, but they are terrific companions. Extremely social

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