Pug Breed Health Problems
Breathing / Respiratory problems
One of the most well known health problems associated with Pugs are their breathing and respiratory health issues. Because Pug’s have a flat face it can be hard for them to breath and causes all kinds of breathing related problems. See more details here.
Another big health problem that affects many Pug’s are related to their eyes. They can include cataracts, wounds on the surface of the eye (corneal ulcers), eyelashes growing where they shouldn’t be (distichiasis) and more. The worst (as an owner to see) is the chance of their eyes popping out of their eye socket. Unbelievably this does actually happen (we do not recommend you “Google Image” search for it though…!
Read more about Pug eye health issues here.
Pug Ear Health Issues
It is somewhat common for Pug’s ears to become inflamed. This is known as ‘otitis externa’, as affects other breeds too. Read more about it here.
Pugs (like certain other breeds) shed a lot of hair, but you must pay careful attention to their skin as they can have a wide range of problems. See details here.
Like all dogs they can be susceptible to bone disease (it can be hereditary in Pugs). See details here.
Although all dogs can get seizures (from things like epilepsy, poisons etc), Pug’s are susceptible to their own seizure inducing disease called “pug dog encephalitis” (PDE). Read about it here.
Pugs are quite a lazy breed but it is still very important to make sure that they exercise. Walking a dog can be benefitial to both the dog and its owner. Some people seem to believe that because the Pug is quite lazy that it means they don’t need walking. This is not true! You must walk and exercise your dog every day (several walks a day!). See more details here.
Your vet should advise you on what vaccinations you Pug will need. Please see here for a guide though.
Fleas, Parasites, Tics etc
Fleas, tics and parasites can affect all types of dogs. It is important that you minimise the risk (by making sure your Pug takes regular tablets as advised from your vet, and you do everything you can to control any flea problem). See here for some more details.
Pug Oral Hygiene – Keeping Their Teeth and Gums Healthy
It is important to make sure that your Pug has good dental care! They have 42 teeth, and because of its breed and flat face their teeth are often squished together. Find out more and how to care for your dog’s teeth here.