How to have a happy healthy pug.
F- Feeding: Generally, healthy pugs are fairly greedy (exceptions prove the rule) and are not difficult eaters. Keep meals regular. Try to feed an adult pug twice a day with a small breakfast and the main meal in the afternoon or early evening, using a raised food bowl has several benefits for our short necked and nosed friends.
Benefits of a Raised Dog Food Bowl
While traditionally placed at ground level, there are several benefits for dogs when their food and water bowls are raised. Placing a dog bowl at the proper height for a dog allows him to maintain proper standing posture. When the head is kept above the stomach, food travels more efficiently down the digestive tract. Additionally, when bowls are at the proper height for dogs, there is less strain on their leg joints and neck. Stainless steel or ceramic bowls are better than porous materials as they are easier to keep really clean.
As Pugs are prone to chin spots which can easily become infected and itchy, using ceramic or stainless steel bowls can really help to reduce these problems.
We like these Trendy Pets bowls as they look stylish as well as being sturdy enough for our food shovelling Pug when he is eating.
6 inches in height is the approximate height for a Pug’s raised feeding bowl. To check for your Pug: measure from the floor near his front paw to top of his shoulder and then take about 6 inches off, the difference is the approximate ideal height for your Pug’s raised bowl so go for the closest height.
F – is also for funny remember once you own one your life will never be the same! Gemma Correll Pugs products really capture the Pug personality and that of their owners!
G- Grooming: Pugs are very easy to groom, regular brushing with a natural bristle brush keeps their coat neat and shiny and helps to keep hair off your carpet and clothes. However pug’s shed constantly, the magical fibres leap off their little bodies at an alarming rate and there is no off season! Always keep your pug’s toenails short otherwise they may cause problems. Pugs are normally not keen to have their nails trimmed and it may need a bit of persuasion, we find it easiest to have someone come in and give Ziggy a beauty treatment once a month and trim his nails.
H- Heat: Because of the shortened nose, pugs cannot stand heat very well. This is a matter of fact and must be considered when you choose to live with a pug. In hot weather pugs should be walked in the morning and cool of the evening. When you plan a car journey try not to travel in the heat of the day and make sure there is always sufficient ventilation and aircon. Heat stroke in a pug is a major emergency. Use cold wet towels and water to cool the dog down, frozen peas and crushed ice cubes also help to get the temperature down.
I- Inoculations: Vaccinations and regular booster injections prevent infectious diseases. Before adequate vaccinations became available some of these (eg Distemper and Parvovirosis) caused considerable losses in the dog population and were a permanent risk. Thanks to modern and safe vaccinations dogs can now be taken out and about and can meet other dogs without risk. A puppy should normally have its first inoculation at 8 or 9 weeks followed by a second at 12 weeks. To keep your pug protected and annual booster is necessary. Your vet will take the opportunity to give your pug a general check-up and make sure he stays a healthy pug.
J- Joints: Like human beings and most other breeds, pugs can suffer from joint disorders. Some are simply caused by old age and rheumatism but others, like slipping stifles, hip dysplasia and certain spinal abnormalities are based on genetic defects. Symptoms are lameness, difficulties in getting up and even paralysis. Take limping or abnormal movement seriously and contact your vet. Remember healthy pugs should not look like a battery when you look down, being overweight will aggravate any joint disorders.