The Pug

Strange but lovable

Pug Health Corner

Pugs can have a few health issues, but assuming you get it from a reputable breeder, not as many as you'd be lead to believe. Most common problem area's are:

  • Eyes
  • respiratory
  • Face/skin
  • Heat

The eyes are probably the biggest concern. Due to their size, if appropriate force is applied to the neck, like jerking a leash attached to the collar, the eye can actually come out of the socket. This isn't good, and needs immediate medical attention. This situation can be almost entirely avoided with the use of a harness for walking on the leash, instead of attaching it to the collar.

That flat face comes at a cost, making breathing more difficult. They get enough air, they aren't suffocating, but it does make for a lot of snoring, snorting, coughing, weezing, panting, and other crazy noises. It can also be the reason for their relaxed lifestyle, since its hard to run when you can't get enough air. Dust and dirt can irrate this, making it difficult to breath.

As mentioned in the Grooming section, keep those wrinkles clean and you'll have a happy pug. The skin on the face is very sensitive, so using a moist wipe is the best way to keep them clean. They have sensitive skin, so using a mild puppy shampoo is recommened.

And finally, the heat can be fatal for this dog. Because of the short snout and thick double coat, pugs can't get rid of excess heat efficiently, meaning it doesn't have to be baking hot outside to make them uncomfortable. If it's above 80, limit outdoor time to about 15 minutes. Of course, you can take them swimming to help cool them off.

But...

While this all can sound daunting, just remember, you're being rewarded with the a very loyal, loving, and sensitive dog. There's no dog like a pug, and there's no pug like yours. Charish him and treat him like your family, and you'll have a long lived companion who'll be there with a grunt and wet kiss.

Joseph Harskamp 2017

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