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Promoting Pug Health

Dog health

Pug health is just as important as any other dog health. Of course, each pet that you own many need to be taken care of differently. Nevertheless, there are dog health problems, and in particular pug health problems, that you should be aware of if you plan on owning a pug as a pet.

Typically, pugs will tend to have eye issues that you’ll need to be on the lookout for. It’s also important to know and understand that pugs are also deformed orthopedically. For this reason, they’re predisposed to having both bone and joint problems.

Whenever it comes to your pug’s eyes you should be on the lookout for corneal ulcers, particularly when your pug’s eye gets scratched; dry eyes, while common can be serious; dark globs of pigment forming on the white of your dog’s eye is known as pigmentary keratitis; eyelash abnormalities; cataracts; and eyes popping out of their sockets, which is why pugs with one eyes are quite common. While this may sound like a lot of pug health issues, that’s not everything. You also need to be on the lookout for hip and elbow dysplasia, both of which are quite common in pugs.

While some pug health problems are genetic, others are environmental. For this reason, you’ll want to make sure that you get a healthy puppy. You’ll then want to take the time and care to ensure that it’s raised properly. Doing these things is going to take a lot of time and effort on your part but will ultimately be worth it because it will save you a lot of money whenever it comes to vet bills. If you don’t feel as though you can be careful or if you don’t think that you have enough time to do what’s required for a pug, then maybe another dog would be a better choice for you.

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Treating Pug Health Problems

Pug health

If you own a pug, you know that these adorable little dogs can be a wonderful addition to almost any family. However, there are a number of pug health problems that can arise in this breed as a result of certain defects, so it is important for any pug owner to be familiar with some of these. For example, one of these common pug health problems relates to the spine. The curly tail of a pug can sometimes lead to problems along the spinal vertebrae, so it does pay to keep an eye on how well your pug is moving from day to day. If they seem to be in pain, this should be addressed immediately by your vet.

Additionally, another dog health problem common to breeds like pugs relates to infections under the skin flaps around the nose and mouth. While these little skin flaps are adorable, you should make it a point to frequently lift and clean inside these flaps regularly to prevent horrible skin infections from lessening the quality of life of your pet. These types of dog health problems can even be fatal if left untreated, so do not get lazy about this type of thing!

Due to their truncated size, some pug health problems often involve the gastrointestinal tract. With shorter guts than the wolves that all dogs were bred from, pugs often have trouble digesting certain types of food. Talking to your vet about the best brands and types of dog food for your animal is a good idea, as well as inquiring about the amount of food to feed your pug each day to avoid obesity or gas pains. Keep these points in mind, and your experience with owning a pug should be absolutely wonderful, and filled with many delightfully memorable moments in time.

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