There are two common health issues that pugs are susceptible to – Respiratory Conditions and Weight Problems.
If you neglect the consistent check-up and grooming that is required to keep your dogs at their optimal health conditions, your pug’s health condition will easily deteriorate, and worse, it may develop infections that may lead to more serious diseases.
Unless your pug is suffering from a hereditary health condition, the general physical health of your pug is in your hands. You have to be intentional in keeping them clean, feeding them a healthy balanced diet, and giving them enough exercise.
These are the basics of keeping a pug’s health in check. Being faithful in making sure your pug gets regular check-ups will lessen the risk of developing diseases.
Here are some of the guides we have on common pug health issues and how to deal with them:
- The Ultimate Diet Guide For Adult Pugs
- What are the common causes of dog pain and how to resolve the issue?
- 7 Human Foods That Could Kill Your Pugs
- Can Pugs Have Down Syndrome?
- Common Pug Eye Problems – Conditions and Treatments
- Are Pugs Hypoallergenic?
- About The Teacup Pug Life Span
- Few Ways To Increase Your Pugs Life Expectancy
- Your 30 Minutes Guide to Pug Breathing Problems and Solutions (A Must Read for Pug Owners)
Common Pug Health Issues
Those round, adorable eyes that shine when they smile are a double-edged sword. A pug’s bulging eyes tend to attract eye injuries that worsen through infection and irritation. Most often than not, the pug itself is the cause of the infection when accidentally bumping into sharp objects when it plays or sometimes with its own nails.
Always check your pug’s eyes for discoloration, excessive tears, cloud spots, and other things that are not usually found in the eyes.
The skin folds of the pug around its face are a trap for dirt, irritants, and moisture. When left uncleaned, they are the places where bacterial infection can occur and would cause bumps and rashes that are itchy.
You can avoid this by regularly cleaning your pug’s skin folds and making sure the spaces in between are dry and clean.
The structure of the pug’s face subjects it to many respiratory complications. Dogs that have reduced length of their skulls are prone to Brachycephalic Airway Obstruction Syndrome (BAOS). This condition occurs when there is an excess soft tissue that blocks the airways and causes the pug to gasp and struggle for breath.
To avoid making your pug struggle for a breath, make sure to keep him in a cool place or spot in the house. Do not make him exercise on a hot day or in the hottest parts of the day. Instead, pick the cooler parts of the day to walk him out and do some exercise.
You also need to watch its weight. Pugs lack control when it comes to food. They will eat whatever they find pleasing and will want more of it. Watch their calorie intake if you can and keep a record of their weight.
Without your help and guidance, your pug will tend to overeat, exercise less, and collect dirt and grimes in its folds. Be certain that you have the time to properly take good care of a pug before you get one or not get one at all.
Pugs, just like any other dogs, can only be as adorable as they can be when they are at their optimal health.