Taking Care of Your Pug

Pug health

Your wrinkled, sneezy little pug is known worldwide for its distinct looks. Originally brought over from China, where the breed was known as lo sze, they may have influenced the English bulldog and other breeds. Unfortunately their cute, wrinkly faces come with some potential for pug health problems. You should learn to look for their unique dog health problems to insure your pug will not suffer from several common issues.

It is obvious, but one of the more unsettling sorts of obstacles to your dog health problems can come from their lack of prominent facial features. Without a long canine snout and bigger brow ridge, they can suffer more eye injuries than other pets of the same size. Without the physiological protection, they can suffer prolapsed eyes or scratched corneas. When your pug is running around and playing, make sure that there are no sharp or protruding objects at their level. You can think of it like child proofing your home and environment in order to insure optimum dog health.

You have most likely heard it, but based on the shape of their face and body, they also suffer from breathing issues. Their compact breathing passageways can affect breathing efficiency which also leads to issues with regulating temperature. Their wheezing can directly affect temperature regulation. Since they control their body temperature with panting, it can be harder for them to properly cool off from evaporation from their tongue. With all dogs, but pugs especially, make sure you offer them plenty of rest and water during any kind of strenuous activity.

Beware of the cute folds and wrinkles on your pugs face, since they can also affect dog health. Bacteria and skin infections can fester and grow if their faces are not properly washed. Make sure to clean their folds to limit any skin issues that could create sores and lesions, and harbor smelly bacteria.

The little stocky pugs are also highly susceptible to hip dysplasia. It is the abnormal formation of the hip joint that can lead to painful arthritis in your pet. While this is a genetic disease that may have developed time, medication can help alleviate the swelling and inflammation that further causes pain and immobility.

One Response to Taking Care of Your Pug

  1. Dan Burgess says:

    As long as you have everything pretty well kept up out of their walkway, you will not have to worry about their eyes.

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