Pug Health and Wellbeing
We know from experience that Pugs, being pure bred, have many health problems. Hercules (2008-2012), died of a heart attack. We know he had heart problems, but he ran around like he was king of the world, until one day his heart gave up.
Typical Pug Health Issues
Their flat face causes breathing difficulties (Brachycephalic Airway Obstruction Syndrome (BAOS)), bulging eyes can cause eye problems, excessive wrinkles can be prone to yeast infections and then there are back and heart problems. So if you fall in love with pugs get one from a reputable breeder and get a vet to check them out before you part with your money.
Here are some useful links with more information
Read on but the most important message to get across is to consult your vet, don't alway rely on Vet Google, after all, you wouldn't rely on Dr Google for your own health would you!
- The Moral Dilemma of Breeding Pugs
Breathing problems are endemic in pugs and other flat/snub nosed dogs. Pugs often have heart defects, spinal issues, ear and eye infections and more. All of this is considered in this article by Patrick Kuklinski.
- Pug Health Problems: What's Wrong With Pugs & Care Tips
This is a comprehensive list of pug health issues many of which apply to other dogs e.g. dental problems, parasites and obesity.
- 5 Common Pug Health Problems
Yes, there are more than 5 problems but this article is well written and includes references to other useful articles.
- Pug Breed Information
This covers, not just health issues for pugs but has all kinds of useful information on for example, children and pugs and the cost of owning a pug which of course includes the necessity of insurance to cover some of the inevitable vets bills.
- Pugs: What's Good About 'Em, What's Bad About 'Em by Michele Welton
An excellent synopsis covering the good, the bad and the ugly world of the pug and to quote Michele: "Always sturdy and stable, good-humored and amiable. This is the Pug."
- Pungent Pug Problems: The Truth About Stinky Wrinkles
Bacteria and fungi love damp conditions so your pug's wrinkles could be the ideal environment. Any infection is usually due to yeast and can be very smelly, but a sign of infection might just be rubbing their itchy head. You wouldn't be happy with itchy wrinkles so check out this article by Anthony Stockton.
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