Health and Disease
Pugs are prone to brachycephalic syndrome. This is when the walls of the nostrils and the shape of the nose prevent the dog from breathing fully. The first signs of the syndrome: cyanosis, noisy breathing, foam regurgitation, difficulty swallowing, periodic cough. Exacerbation of the syndrome can be caused by excessive obesity of the pet, and its constant presence in a hot, humid place.Therefore, it is very important that your pug does not have excess weight, and that he is mainly in a cool and dry area. If the dog has a very strong brachycephalic syndrome, then it must be given for surgery to correct the structure of the nose.
Another pug can get encephalitis (this is an inflammation of the brain) and then the dog will cramp. Lethal outcome is also possible. To prevent and cure this disease is not yet realistic.
Also, this breed may have orthopedic problems. In particular, necrosis of the femoral head can develop. This can lead to the fact that the pug will not be able to step on his hind leg when walking. Such an ailment is better known as Legg-Calve-Perthes disease. According to research by the American Pet Association, pugs are more likely than other breeds to develop Perthes disease. The first signs can be observed even at an early age of the dog (when she is only 3-4 months old). During this period, lameness appears. Then urgent surgical intervention is necessary, after which your pet will be able to live a less normal life.
Even in pugs, the vertebral part may be damaged. You will immediately notice this by the gait and the behavior of the dog. Only surgery will help in this case.
In addition to all of the above, pugs often suffer from toothaches. The structure of their mouth is very uncomfortable, therefore, tooth damage is not excluded.
Despite their small size, pugs can also have problems with the hip joints. But, compared to larger dogs, pugs don’t need surgery to treat the joints.
Can all these diseases appear in my pug? They can, but the probability is very low. This is provided if you follow the physical shape of your pet.
As soon as a pug puppy appears in your house, forget about the chaotic and erratic feeding of the dog. You need to always ensure that the dog does not begin to suffer from obesity. Because it is one of the main sources of various diseases. Watch your pet right now so you don’t overpay for treatment later.
Some interesting facts
Pug is considered the largest dog among small breeds.
Despite the fact that he has a developed love for people, he can be an excellent watchdog.
Pugs are prone to snoring and snorting (if you want him to live with you, get used to it).