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5 Most Common Health Issues in Pugs

Pugs are adorable and capture the heart of their pet parents with just one sweet glance. It is hard to believe that this adorable breed has a variety of potential health issues that can arise throughout their lifetime. Every Pug owner should be aware of the five most common health issues the breed experiences. Learning the signs and symptoms of these common health problems in your Pug will help you get veterinarian care in the beginning stages of the issue, which will help treat it sooner rather than later.

1 – Eye Problems – The bulgy adorable eyes that Pugs have makes them appear unique from other dog breeds. Their kind eyes are also at risk for potential eye health issues such as Distichiasis, Cataracts, Dry Eye, Entropion, Corneal Ulcers, Progressive Retinal Atrophy, Pigmentary Keratitis and Pannus. Symptoms of these eye issues include bumping into furniture and other objects, discolored eye discharge, excessive tearing, white or discolored spots on the eye and any unusual appearances in or around the eye.

2- Respiratory Issues – Pugs have a flat short face that makes him or her prone to upper respiratory health issues. The most common respiratory issues in Pugs are Stenotic Nares and Reverse Sneeze Syndrome. Stenotic Nares is a common birth defect that is caused by nasal tissues that are too soft. The tissue easily collapses and forces the dog to breathe through his or her mouth. The sound of a reverse sneeze in Pugs sends pet owners rushing to the animal hospital in fear. The reverse sneeze syndrome is due to postnasal drip and is a non-life threatening condition.

3 – Skin Issues – Pyoderma is the most common Pug skin health issues. While most skin issues are the result of trauma, parasites, hormonal disorders and a poor immune system, Pyoderma is a bacterial infection that shows symptoms such as pimples filled with pus, small red bumps and blisters filled with blood. It usually appears near the lips, toes and facial folds in Pugs. Veterinarians often treat the bacterial skin condition with medicated shampoos, adjustments to the diet and antibiotics.

4 – Knee Problems – Pugs have small legs that support a sturdy body. Luxating Patella is a condition that causes the knee to become dislocated. The Patella, which is the small movable bone located in the knee gets out of place with the femur. Signs that your Pug is experiencing this condition are hopping, jumping, favoring the leg when walking, and exhibiting difficulty getting up and sitting down.

5 – Seizures – Epilepsy is not uncommon in Pugs. If your Pug has Epilepsy he or she will have seizures. This is the main symptom of Epilepsy. Often times the cause is unknown, but the veterinarian will conduct a variety of tests to rule out any other health issue that can cause the seizures. Epilepsy is treated by veterinarians by using medication. Pugs are able to live a happy healthy life as long as their medical treatment is followed properly and they visit the veterinarian for check-ups on a regular basis.

The health issues listed above are the most common problems pet parents are confronted with in regards to their Pugs health. While it may feel scary and cause stress for the dog owner, all of these conditions are treated with veterinarian care. Most Pugs live a long life while these health issues are maintained and cared for throughout their lifetime. Always visit a veterinarian at the first sign of unusual symptoms or behavior in your Pug.

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