This ancient breed has actually been around since about 400 BC and is a member of the AKC Toy Group. Its elf like features – the wrinkly flat face, short hair and curly tail makes it one of the most endearing breeds. Having a thickset body, the weight of a pug ranges from 13 to 20 pounds and the height from 10 to 14 inches.
The features that distinguish the pug would be part of why they are so desirable (and why humans find them so cute), but unfortunately these features give pugs unique health problems that their humans have to keep an eye out for.
First, there is the dog’s wrinkly skin. Unfortunately, your pug’s adorable skin folds are prone to infection — you must consult your veterinarian immediately at the first signs of infection. You should bathe and clean your pug regularly — particularly making sure you clean in between the wrinkles, removing any dirt or debris because that can cause bacteria build up (which could lead to infection).
One of the most distinguishable feature of the pug is their eyes. The position of their face and the shape of the eyes make them at risk to injury and complications because their eyes are not well protected. Constantly check your pet’s eye and if you notice any ulceration, take your dog to the vet immediately.
If allowed, pugs will eat to excess. Watch your pet’s food intake carefully to keep him at a healthy weight — being overweight could adversely affect a pets health as much as it would a person’s.
Pugs are very sensitive to humidity as well as heat and prolonged exposure to either can cause them to have a hard time breathing. Always make sure they are kept in a cool area, especially in summertime.
A good health care regimen for your pet Pug means a long, happy life together. Responsible pet ownership includes taking care of your pet. Proper nutrition, grooming and regular visits to your vet, will assure proper Pug dog health is maintained.
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