Did you know that pugs can be traced back to 400 BCE in China? They were originally the preferred pet of Tibetan monks. Today, pugs are ranked in the top 10 favorite dog breeds of America. When you own a pug, you want to take care of it as best as you possibly can. For this reason, potential pug owners should be aware of health problems that pugs often struggle with. Here are three common pug dog health problems, as well as how owners help their dogs deal with them.
1. Breathing Problems
Pugs, like all dogs with short snouts, have very compact breathing passageways and elongated palates. To help your pug out if they are experiencing breathing problems, you should avoid bringing them out during the hottest part of the day, use a leash that attaches to a harness rather than a collar, and exercise the pug since obesity aggravates breathing issues. If your dog has pinched nostrils or a palate that is too long, your veterinarian might recommend surgery in order to alleviate the symptoms.
2. Hip Dysplasia
Usually a problem more common to larger purebred dogs, an incredible 64% of pugs experience some form of hip dysplasia, which is an abnormally formed hip socket. Because pugs are smaller, though, they can often still get around easily and without the help of surgery with this condition. Research shows that avoiding supplements and switching to dog food early while the puppy is young can minimize the chances of it being affected. Sometimes surgery will be recommended, depending on severity.
3. Oral Problems
Many pug health problems often stem from poor oral care. Pugs have at least 42 permanent teeth, and many pugs have issues with plaque. Plaque can lead to gingivitis and periodontal diseases that cause a loss of teeth. When pugs have poorly cleaned teeth and diseased gums, bacteria can also find its way into the liver, kidneys and heart of your dog. Luckily, you can get your pug accustomed to teeth brushing with tasty toothpaste, as well as receive professional help from your veterinarian.
What pug dog health problems have you had to deal with? Let us know in the comments!