Common pug health problems include dry eyes, corneal ulcers, entropion, hip dysplasia, patellar luxation, pug dog encephalitis, tracheal collapse, elongated soft palate, and stenotic nares.
The Pug is one of the oldest breeds of dogs. Believed to be of Chinese origin, the Pug shares similarities to the Pekingese.
The Pug is an excellent companion dog and quite a good watchdog as well.
Pugs are extremely people oriented and therefore should not be left alone for extended periods of time.
The Pug is a rather popular breed in the U.S.A.- Ranked 31st most registered breed by the AKC for 2013.
If you have a pug, you will probably notice that this dog breed tends to put on weight rather easily. There are indeed a lot of chubby pugs and obesity is one of the most common pug health problems. While a chubby pug may look cute, it is definitely not healthy. Do not overfeed your pug and monitor his/her weight regularly.
Another important thing to remember is, brachycephalic breeds (short muzzled breeds such as the Pug) cannot be left outside in the heat for a long time. Due to the flatness of their face, heat and high humidity make it difficult for them to breathe. I am sure you notice heavy breathing and excessive panting in your pug if s/he is outside even for a short while in the summer, right? Therefore, always keep the Pug cool and avoid excessive exercise in the summer.
Let's look at some common pug health problems, which understandably are related to their eyes and their respiratory systems, due to their distinct physical features.
Since pugs have bulging eyes, it is rather easy for them to sustain eye injuries or disease. Pugs are prone to the following eye problems:
Since pugs have "pushed-in" noses, they are prone to quite a few respiratory problems, such as:
Other health issues that may affect pugs include:
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