According to 2012 statistics provided by the Humane Society of the United States, 46 percent of American households own at least one dog. Overall, there are 78.2 million dogs in the United States. Of course, this statistic is limited to the number of dogs that are either registered with the AKC or on record with animal shelters and dog adoption organizations.
Regardless of the actual number of dogs in the United States, it is clear that tens of millions of Americans love dogs. But it takes more than a fondness for dogs to provide them with the care needed to maintain proper dog health. According to Petfinder.com, the average annual cost to care for a medium sized dog is approximately 1,115 dollars. Of course, for canine companions suffering from dog health problems the cost will be considerably more.
Pugs are a generally healthy breed of dog, but they do come with their fair share of health tendencies that any owner needs to be aware of. Most dog health problems, not just in pugs, can range in severity and frequency, but the majority of them are manageable throughout the life of your pet. Here are a few things to look out for in your pug.
1. Airway. Occasionally a pug can be born with a soft palate that is too long for its throat, leading to difficulties in breathing and sleeping. If your pug wheezes or snores loudly, they may need a corrective surgery to shorten the palate. The procedure is quite common, with many veterinary surgeons performing it numerous times in any given year. Prices can vary from $300 to $2,000, so shop around and be willing to make a road trip if you need to
2. Teeth. The den