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Pug Health Problems You Can't Ignore

Jul 10, 2008
You can't help but love a cuddly pug. Their cute little wrinkly faces and adorable characters can't be ignored. However, anyone that is contemplating adopting one should make sure that they know about the dire pug health problems that the breed faces.

Many people do not know that while the pug's face is so cute, it is also a problem area. First off, the bulging of a pug's eyes is caused by the face's shape and eye placement. This can cause the eyes to get cut if they rub up against the food bowl or any other object. This should be carefully watched for, however it is not a life threatening issue.

One of the issues that you will find in a Pug is an elongated soft palate that is associated with the shape of the face. In the Pug, this flap of skin at the back of the throat can constrict the airway causing several annoying issues such as funny breathing, coughing and snoring. If any of these problems become to annoying they can be corrected with surgery.

Two other Pug health problems are much more serious.

Pug Dog Encephalitis is an inflammation of the brain and generally starts when the dog is between 2 and 3 years old. There is currently not much information available about the disease, but it is always fatal. If your dog has seizures or has trouble walking and muscle weakness your vet should evaluate the Pug as these symptoms can be caused by problems other than Pug Dog Encephalitis.

A birth defect of the breed is called Hemi-vertebrae, it causes an imbalance within the dogs spine. Although it may not be preventable, it is detectable! An x-ray will enable you to make the best decision for you and your pet, and help avoid the pain of paralysis caused by the imbalance.

If you're thinking of adopting a Pug you need to keep in mind the Pug health problems they can have. Fortunately the terrible problems only affect a small percentage of Pugs so you don't need to let it overly affect your choice.
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If you want to learn how to train and take care of your pug as well as explore more about these pug health problems, please visit http://www.pugdoghealth.com.
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