10 Tips to Keep Your Pug Healthy

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Since their ancient roots as pets in Tibetan Buddhist monasteries, pugs have been beloved for their playful and loving personalities. Help your pug stay playful and healthy by paying special attention to certain areas of their lives to keep problems at bay.

1. Obesity

Their small body sizes can make keeping a healthy weight hard for pugs. Always follow your vet's advice to make sure you are feeding your pet the right amount of food. Going for short romps with your pet and playing in the yard are great ways to exercise together and keep off the pounds.

2. Overheating

Because of how pugs' airways are formed these little guys have a hard time maintaining their body temperatures. To help your pug stay cool avoid taking your dog outside during hot summer afternoons. Your pup may also appreciate a small children's wading pool to splash around in. Always make sure your dog has plenty of fresh water to drink.

3. Clean the folds of skin around its face

The wrinkles around a pug's face are perfect breading grounds for bacteria. Take care to clean between each fold of skin daily to keep yeast infections and other issues at bay. Pet cleaning solutions or baby wipes are perfect for cleaning these areas. If you aren't sure how to do it, we have a video that shows you exactly how to clean those wrinkles!

4. Hip dysplasia

Pugs are prone to hip dysplasia. To help keep this condition from affecting your dog, keep your pet at a healthy weight and take great care to keep your pug from overextending its hips at a young age. Avoid jogging with your puppy or letting it jump around too much until it is at least one year old.

5. Reverse sneezing

Several dogs with short snouts may start gasping for air when they get too excited. It might seem like your pug is choking or in pain when this happens. Covering your pug's nose so it breathes through its mouth can help when this happens.

6. Demodectic mange

Demodectic mange is a skin condition that is caused by mites on dogs with weak immune systems. A veterinarian can help you treat this condition, so head to the vet's office if you notice itchy spots on your pug that don't seem to be going away.

7. Shedding

Who would have thought such little dogs could shed so much hair? Shedding may not be a health problem for your pet but it can cause issues for family members with allergies. A weekly brushing and a bath every couple of weeks should keep the shedding down, but daily brushing won't hurt.

8. Medications

If you have ever tried to make a dog swallow a pill, you know it can get frustrating. If your four-legged friend needs to take medication, try putting the pill in a spoonful of peanutbutter and feeding it to him.

9. Indoor Living

Pugs have short coats and small body sizes, and they have a hard time maintaining their internal body temperatures. As such, avoid letting your pet stay outdoors for too long, especially without supervision. These dogs are meant to be inside in a comfortable temperature.

10. Regular Checkups

Even if you don't notice anything wrong with your pug, be sure to visit the veterinarian regularly just to make sure your pal is in tip-top shape. Early warning signs can be caught more easily by a vet, and many serious illnesses can be prevented with a little preemptive care.

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drugsnotpugs (almost 4 years ago)

Pugs are a cruelly and intentionally mutated perversion of a dog. You should be ashamed for promoting this poor, suffering breed. They have trouble breathing because we took away their nose. They have the highest rates of hip dysplasia and spinal defects of any dog breed we think the double curled tail is "cute." Their eyes bug out grotesquely (and get injured and FALL OUT) because it's funny to us. This is no longer a dog. It is a fashion. Pug people are sick; they are not dog lovers. If this is actually news to anyone, please see the following:
http://pedigreedogsexposed.blogspot.com/2010/12/pugs-lets-face-it.html http://retrieverman.net/2013/08/28/the-problems-with-pugs/