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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.
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
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.
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 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
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.
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.