Health Concerns In The Pug


It is essential to purchase a canine companion that is in good health in today’s world, given the prevalence of references to “backyard breeders” and those who “inbreed” their canine companions. You’ll discover that being a knowledgeable buyer can assist you in finding breeders that are both compassionate and careful. It’s not always true that breeders that engage in “inbreeding” are lousy breeders. After all, inbreeding was the method that was used to develop the Pug breed in the first place. However, a breeder should be able to explain their motives for doing inbreeding, what they anticipate gaining from it, as well as the potential issues that may arise as a result of the breeding.

Responsible breeders will have some form of health agreement with you – they will want you to take your new puppy or dog to your own veterinarian quickly after you bring it home, so that you know it’s doing good and can reassure the breeder that it’s doing well. They should have sufficient knowledge or at the very least be acquainted with the issues described in this article. Do not be hesitant to question a breeder; reputable breeders will gladly share their expertise with you in order to ensure that you fully understand not just the benefits of purchasing from them, but also the potential drawbacks.

NO BREEDER WILL EVER BE ABLE TO EVER PRODUCE DOGS THAT ARE ONE HUNDRED PERCENT HEALTHY FOR LIFE. Breeders of dogs can only do their best to strive toward the goal of minimizing the number of defects that may be found in a line of dogs, just as it is impossible to “breed out” some faults in a human’s own genetic makeup. When utilized appropriately, line breeding and inbreeding are two of the strategies that may aid in detecting and minimizing the number of health issues that are prevalent within a breed. If you ask a competent breeder why a litter was produced, they should have a reason other than “I own both the mama and the daddy,” but they should still be able to tell you why the litter was bred.

There are a variety of health issues that may affect pugs, but the most common ones involve their heads and their legs. Other issues can also arise. Pug heads are problematic due to the fact that their faces are squashed in, as opposed to having the usual stretched face of most other breeds of dog. The following are examples of head disorders that are very common:

  • Cataracts
  • Ulcers of the Cornea
  • Eyes, eyelids, and eyelashes that are dry
  • Elongated and Delicate Palate
  • Pug Dog Encephalitis
  • Generalized Progressive Atrophy of the Retina
  • Nostrils That Are Either Compressed Or Too Small

Pugs are prone to a variety of leg ailments, including the following:

  • Hip Dysplasia
  • The disorder known as Legg-Calvé-Perthes
  • Slipped Stifles

In addition, pugs, particularly when they are still young, are prone to developing a condition known as demodectic mange, which is caused by demodectic skin mites. Treatment for mange must always be administered by a licensed veterinarian. Some lines of Pugs are unable to perform a good job of whelping their own babies, often need to undergo surgery called a C-section when the puppies are born, and have dams who do not want anything to do with their offspring. In addition, there is a high prevalence of skin and inhalant allergies, seizure activity, and more recently, we have seen an increase in the number of instances involving spinal abnormalities in pugs as well.

There are some Pugs who do not have any of these issues, while others may have more than one of them. Additionally, there are other health issues that may and do occur within the breed, but they do not occur often enough for them to be included on this list.

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