Pug dogs; “the most extraordinary dog of them all”
P- Parasites: Various external and internal parasites can bother your pug. The most common ones are fleas and worms. There are now various safe and effective products on the market which can be purchased from your vet. You should be aware of heartworm if you live in the warmer climes where there are mosquitoes. Make sure you get your pug protected against heartworm, you can do this either with an annual vaccination or tablets. This is a life threatening issue and it is easy to prevent but not to treat. Paralysis ticks are a big problem in certain countries and areas. There are very effective tablets now and again it is easy to prevent but not to treat. Paralysis ticks can not only kill your pug but they can have long term health problems if they survive a bite.
Paws: Make sure your Pugs paws stay soft and don’t become dry and cracked. Your pug will be less likely to want to go for walks and play if his paws are sore.
Q- Quirky: Pugs are know as the clowns of the dog world and they certainly live up to that title.
We love the cover picture from country life and think that the expression, “The most extraordinary dog of them all” is a perfect description of Pug dogs.
R- Rescue: The Pug Dog Welfare and Rescue Associations are registered charities which are run by voluntary helpers. Pugs all over different nations, young and old, get prompt help if they are in need. A wide network of volunteers help to rescue and re-home pugs in need. Find the one near you and if you are seriously looking for a pug consider giving one of the rescue pugs a forever home.
S- Skin: Pugs have very fine skin which needs to have regular checking, especially their wrinkles. Pay particular attention to the deep one over the nose. Make sure that these are always kept dry, clean and free of infection.
T- Teeth: Pugs jaws are undershot (ie the bottom jaw is slightly longer that the top jaw) causing their teeth to be differently positioned compared to most other breeds. Bad breath, tartar and gingivitis are common symptoms and can occur from a fairly young age. Suitable chews and the use of a toothbrush can help to prevent this problem.