Friday, April 30, 2010

Pug Dog Health Concerns

Understanding pug dog health risk can actually save the life of your best friend, and if you are a dog lover you probably know that all dogs have certain health problems that need to be looked out for, especially when a dog gets into its older years, therefore if you know the specific risks for the type of dog you own you will know what to look for and how to got about taking care of the problem if it should come up.

Hip Dysplasia is actually a common problem among many dogs, particularly larger breeds, but pugs are also particularly susceptible to this condition. A lot of pain may be caused in cases of hip dysplasia to the dog due to the malformation of the hip joint and femur bones and in the some cases, will need immediate surgery, or in the worst case, will need to be put to sleep. Cases that are less serious are less of a problem to treat and typically need a good nutritional basis and normal exercise.

Stenotic Nares is when the nostrils of the pug are narrow or otherwise constricted, and this problem can put strain on the body making the dog have an enlarged heart. Signs of this condition, which can be corrected with surgery, include mouth breathing and nasal discharge that is foamy.

A condition in which the eyelids fold inward, causing eye trouble including ulcerations and scratches, is called entropion. The usual way to treat your puppy dog for this malady is surgery, but it's important to note early on the signs and symptoms for it to be successfully controlled.

Dry Eyes is another condition that can fairly commonly occur in pugs. A disorder of the eyes leading to poorly functioning ocular surfaces is Dry Eye, in which tear liquid is not produced as fast as it is evaporated. When not enough tears are being produced by our tear ducts, this may be caused by blockage of the duct or the lack of nerve stimulation, and treatment depends on how severe the condition is.

Demodectic skin mites is a common problem among many dogs and comes in two forms. With the first form, localized demodectic mange, appearing as small hairless patches of skin, is seen in dogs under one year of age. The second form, generalized demodectic mange, appears as a large patch of skin that is hairless but healthy; this can appear on dogs of any age.

If you currently own a pug or plan to in the future, there are many health problems that you should watch for; contact your vet if you suspect your dog may have any of the conditions listed above.

Pug dog health should be of concern for all pug owners. Pugs do have some particular health problems not common in all dog breeds. Find out more about dog health care at

-Melinda Smith



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