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The pug is a small dog with a wrinkled face, barrel chest, and short legs which is beloved by many around the world. In fact, the pug is one of the world’s most distinctive dogs. The dog has Chinese origins with many speculating that early Pugs were the ancestors of the modern Pekingese. There’s a lot to love about pugs. However, like other bred dogs, they’re predisposed to certain illnesses. Let’s take a look at some of them.
- Respiratory problems – Pugs with a reduced skull length are prone to Brachycephalic Airway Obstruction Syndrome (BAOS). A pug which gasps for air and struggles to breathe after exercise may be prone to BAOS. You can protect your pug from BAOS by keeping him/her cool when the weather is hot, staying away from too much exercise and keeping your pug close to the ideal weight for pugs.
- Eye problems – Part of the pug’s charm is its bulging eyes. However, these eyes do come at a cost to the pug. The eyes of a pug may develop eye issues which result in chronic pain as well as irritation. The large eyes of pugs mean that extra care must be taken as they may damage their eyes by running into objects.
- Hip problems – Pugs are also prone to canine hip dysplasia. Hip dysplasia occurs when there is an abnormal development of the hip joint. Symptoms of hip dysplasia are bunny hopping and limping. Unfortunately, hip dysplasia can only be corrected with surgery or medical therapy.
- Seizures – Seizures are another potential health issue that pugs sometimes deal with. Seizures are normally a symptom of Epilepsy. Regular vet check-ups and medication can treat epilepsy. In addition to epilepsy, young to middle-aged pugs are prone to PDE (Pug Dog Encephalitis). One of the main symptom’s of PDE is seizures.
- Obesity – Pugs have a natural tendency to live a sedentary lifestyle. Unfortunately, a sedentary lifestyle puts the majority of pugs at risk of developing obesity. Fortunately, a balanced and healthy diet combined with a regular dose of exercise is more than enough to keep your pug happily puttering through life.
- Skin problems – Itchy skin caused by allergies is another issue that pugs have to deal with. The wrinkled folds of a pug’s skin have the potential to trap moisture and dirt, which is quite inviting for bacteria to spread. Regular trips to the vet are the best way of making sure that your pug doesn’t have to deal with itchy skin.
Most bred dogs have health problems due to inbreeding and so on. However, a balanced diet, regular exercise, and regular trips to the vet will do a lot of good in preventing many common health problems. Regular attention is the key to making sure your best friend lives a long and healthy life.