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Everybody loves the idea of hobnobbing with royalty, but if your invite to Buckingham Palace got lost in the mail, the next best option is to invite a Pug into your life. Pugs have spent thousands of years as beloved companions to royalty from China to Holland and beyond, yet somehow these regal dogs have maintained their sweet, humble spirit as well as their happy-go-lucky demeanor.

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If you're looking for a great mixture of spunky, cute, and silly, a Pug might be just the right addition to your family.

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Pugs are well-loved because of certain characteristics:. Pugs are joyful pals and make great travel companions—who could leave those big brown eyes at home?

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Pugs were first bred in China centuries ago. They were treasured pets kept by royalty; it was common for a Pug to have her own guard, palace, and even a personal chef! Many Pug owners agree that their ancestry is strong in that they still behave like royalty! Pugs were first acknowledged by the AKC in and were quickly welcomed into American homes. Pugs are a generally healthy breed with an average lifespan of years. We know that because you care so much about your dogyou want to take good care of her.

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That is why we have summarized the health concerns we will be discussing with you over the life of your Pug. By knowing about health concerns specific to Pugs, the doctors and team of Indian Trail Animal Hospital can tailor a preventive health plan to watch for and hopefully prevent some predictable risks. That does not mean your dog will have these problems; it just means that she is more at risk than other dogs.

We will describe the most common issues seen in Pugs to give you an idea of what may come up in her future. This guide contains general health information important to all canines as well as the most important genetic predispositions for Pugs. At the end of the article, we have also included a description of what you can do at home to keep your Pug looking and feeling her best. Unfortunately, your Pug is more likely than other dogs to have problems with her teeth. Dental disease starts with tartar build-up on the teeth and progresses to infection of the gums and roots of the teeth.

In fact, your Pug's life American pug puppies may even be cut short by one to three years!

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Pugs are susceptible to bacterial and viral infections — the same ones that all dogs can get — such as parvo, rabies, and distemper. Many of these infections are preventable through vaccinationwhich we will recommend based on her age, the diseases we see in our area, and other factors.

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Obesity can be a ificant health problem in Pugs. It is a serious disease that may cause or worsen t problems, metabolic and digestive disorders, back pain, and heart disease. Instead, give her a hug, brush her fur or teeth, play a game with her, or perhaps take her for a walk. All kinds of worms and bugs can invade your Pug's body, inside and out. Everything from fleas and ticks to ear mites can infest her skin and ears.

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Hookworms, roundworms, heartwormsand whipworms can get into her system in a of ways: drinking unclean water, walking on contaminated soil, or being bitten by an infected mosquito. Some of these parasites can be transmitted to you or a family member and are a serious concern for everyone. One of the best things you can do for your Pug is to have her spayed neutered for males. In females, this means we surgically remove the ovaries and usually the uterus, and in males, it means we surgically remove the testicles. Spaying or neutering decreases the likelihood of certain types of cancers and eliminates the possibility of your pet becoming pregnant or fathering unwanted puppies.

Performing this surgery also gives us a chance, while your pet is under anesthesia, to identify and address some of the diseases your dog is likely to develop.

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Routine blood testing prior to surgery also helps us to identify and take precautions against common problems that increase anesthetic or surgical risk. Your Pug is more likely than other dogs to have a liver disorder called portosystemic shunt PSS. Some of the blood supply that should go to the liver goes around it instead, depriving the liver of the blood flow it needs to grow and function properly.

If your friend has PSS, his liver cannot remove toxins from his bloodstream effectively. Surgery may be needed, but in some cases, we can treat with a special diet and medication. Not many things have as dramatic an impact on your dog's quality of life as the American pug puppies functioning of his eyes. Unfortunately, Pugs can inherit or develop a of different eye conditions, some of which may cause blindness if not treated right away, and most of which can be extremely painful!

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We will evaluate his eyes at every examination to look for any s for concern. Diabetes mellitus is a fairly common disease in dogs. Any breed can be affected, but Pugs have an above average incidence. Dogs with diabetes are unable to regulate the metabolism of sugars in their bodies and require daily insulin injections.

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Diabetes is a serious condition and one that is important to diagnose and treat as early as possible. Symptoms include increased eating, drinking, and urination, along with weight loss.

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If he shows s, we will conduct lab tests to determine if he has this condition and discuss treatment options with you. Treatment requires a serious commitment of time and resources. Well-regulated diabetic dogs today have the same life expectancy as other canines. In humans, allergies to pollen, mold, or dust make people sneeze. In dogs, rather than sneezing, allergies make their skin itchy. The feet, belly, folds of the skin, and ears are most commonly affected. Symptoms typically start between the ages of one and three and can get worse every year.

Licking the American pug puppies, rubbing the face, and frequent ear infections are the most common s of allergies. The good news is that there are many treatment options available for these conditions. Demodex is a microscopic mite that lives in the hair follicles of all dogs. In mild cases, pet owners may notice a few dry, irritated, hairless lesions.

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These often occur on the face or feet and may or may not be itchy. Secondary skin infections may also occur. Prompt veterinary care is important to keep the disease from getting out of hand. Many pets seem to outgrow the problem, while others require lifelong management.

Your Pug is prone to a form of skin infection called lip-fold pyoderma, which occurs because the folds of skin along the lower jaw are usually moist. Bacteria and yeast can readily thrive here and cause a reddened, smelly area that is uncomfortable for your dog.

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When symptoms are severe, the excess skin folds can also be surgically removed. GME is an acute, progressive inflammatory disease that affects the central nervous system. It can cause severe and often irreversible damage to the brain. Middle-aged, small breed dogs such as Pugs are more susceptible than other breeds.

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Symptoms may be acute, leading rapidly to death; they may progress chronically over several months; or occasionally, only the eyes are affected. Treatment includes corticosteroids, but the response to therapy is variable and the prognosis is generally poor. A of different musculoskeletal problems have been reported in Pugs. While it may seem overwhelming, each condition can be diagnosed and treated to prevent undue pain and suffering.

With diligent observation at home and knowledge about the diseases that may affect your friend's bones, ts, or muscles, you will be able to take great care of him throughout his life.

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Pugs are more likely than other canines to be born with spinal deformities, a condition called hemivertebrae, which may lead to spinal cord damage, instability, or disability. Mast cell tumors are a particularly nasty type of skin cancer found more often in Pugs than other breeds.

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The sooner these tumors are surgically removed, the better. Unfortunately, mast cell tumors often look very similar to other kinds of skin lumps and lesions, many of which are not harmful. Therefore, all suspicious lumps should be tested and surgically removed as soon as possible.

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Many cancers are cured by surgical removal, so early detection is critical. Degenerative myelopathy is a neurologic condition, similar to ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease in people, that causes weakness and poor nerve function in the hind legs. It affects Pugs more frequently than other breeds.

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If your dog has this disease, he will become increasingly weak and disabled in the hind legs, eventually suffering from paralysis in his hindquarters, which also le to incontinence. Rehabilitation, exercise, acupuncture, and dietary supplements can be helpful, but there is no cure for degenerative myelopathy. A genetic test is available to determine whether your dog is at risk for this heritable disease.

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There are a few different types of stones that can form in the kidney or in the bladder, and Pugs are more likely to develop them than other breeds. Call us immediately! Respiratory distress syndrome, also known as brachycephalic syndrome, affects dogs with a short nose, like your Pug. Short-nosed dogs have the same amount of tissue in their noses and throats as longer-nosed dogs, but with less area to contain it. As a consequence, the soft palate at the back of the roof of the mouth is too long and may hang down into the airway.

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