If you are a new Pug owner or considering adding a Pug to your family, please understand the downsides of Pug ownership. Pug health problems are a major factor to consider! Trust me, I have been a Pug owner for over two decades and have spent thousands of dollars in vet bills. Frequent vet trips and ongoing medical bills need to be considered in the Pug ownership equation. I’m not trying to scare you away from Pug ownership, rather provide honest feedback on what you can expect.
The first thing to understand about Pugs is that they are genetically prone to a wide range of serious medical issues. Improper breeding in recent years has introduced additional genetic issues to be concerned about. This makes breeder selection a critical choice when deciding where to get your Pug puppy. I recommend spending the extra money and buying from a reputable breeder. Consider it an investment in your future peace of mind.
Early prevention measures can help a great deal in keeping the vets bills down to a reasonable amount. Once you understand early symptom indicators then proactive measures can be taken to minimize or avoid serious complications. Unless you have managed to clone, Frank the Pug from Men In Black your “cute” Pug does not have the ability to communicate how he is feeling or what hurts. Don’t let your Pug suffer in silence.
Pug problems come in both external and internal form. Here is a short list of common Pug problems:
• Footpads: After letting your Pug play outside always inspect the pads of their feet. Although the footpad material is quite tough, any damage can put your Pug in excruciating pain. Contact your vet to receive the proper medical care if you find a damaged pad.
• Eye Infections: Pugs are prone to several infections, especially in the eye. The chance for eye infections or damage is increased because of their protruding eyes. Because their eyes are exposed, they can get small nicks or cuts from foreign objects.
• Ear Infections: Another common Pug problem is ear infections. Swelling and excessive earwax are the common symptoms of an ear infection. Frequent cleaning of their ears can help reduce the chance for ear infections.
• Joint Problems: Arthritis and hip dysplasia are common problems for the Pug breed. While genetic problems can take years to develop as a Pug owner, you can take precautions by only buying your Pug through a reputable breeder. The recent surge in Pug popularity has resulted in an increase in genetic problems from improper breeding.
Bottom line is that some problems are avoidable and some are not. As a Pug owner you must be diligent to take early preventative measures in ensure a good quality of life for your Pug.