The Pug Life: Precautions in Adopting a Pug

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Ladies and gents, meet the pug:

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As one of the most popular breeds out there, this breed was imported from China and was made popular by the Dutch in the 16th century. It’s no surprise why it’s so popular: its squished and wrinkly face along with its goofy “smile” is enough to melt anyone’s hearts.

Pugs are known for the gentle and social temperament, making them ideal companion dogs, especially for children . Though most have a strong personality, they are rarely aggressive and pretty lazy, although some are known to have a playful personality as well.

However, raising one comes with a number of dilemmas: pugs are prone to a number of health problems. Before you adopt one, you need to certain precautions and complications which may arise. Here are some of which:

Skin Fold Dermatitis

A pug’s face is full of wrinkles, and these skin folds happen to be one of the breeds’ most distinct and notable features. Be attentive though: the wrinkles should be regularly cleaned. They are usually overlooked which in turn results into bacteria and debris to into irritating them, leading to skin fold dermatitis.

Reverse Sneezing Episodes

Given that pugs are short-snouted (look up their skulls on Google), making them prone to what people call “reverse sneezing”. This is highlighted by them gasping and snorting: most owners will have the impression that their canine companion is having a hard time breathing. It is rarely harmful, and can be remedied by giving it a throat massage or by pinching its nose and making it breathe through the mouth.

Note that this happens when pugs are scared or excited, especially if you just arrived home or if you announced that you’re about to go out with them for a walk.

Breathing Problems

As mentioned earlier, pugs’ facial structure does not allow easy breathing. This is mainly the reason why you need to take good care of your pug this summer, as they are extremely vulnerable to heat. Bear in mind that due to breathing difficulties, they may end up getting heatstroke due to them not being able to regulate their body temperature.

Eye Problems

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The pugs’ eyes are one of its most recognizable features. Considering that these are large and protruding, they are prone to infection, cornea scratching, and entropion – a condition wherein the lower eyelashes are folded inwards, thus scratching the eye. Eye prolapsed is fairly common, may it be due to head trauma or due to a tight leash.

Obesity and Being Overweight

A sedentary pug will always be an overweight one. They do not know when to stop eating: they can – and will – overeat and this will always lead to severe complications, from heart problems to hip dysplasia, which is fairly common to the breed. This is why you need to extensively monitor your pug’s diet and allow it to exercise regularly.

Overall, there may be problems in raising a pug, but having one around you is a bundle of joy, enough to keep you happy in the next decade or two. Take note of the above mentioned problems and if you’re unsure with something, be sure to consult your veterinarian!

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