U- Ulcer: The nightmare for every pug owner is an eye ulcer.
Symptoms are a closed eye, redness and swelling, abnormal discharge and the eye showing a mark normally surrounded by cloudiness.
Ulcers can be the result of an injury (bumping against furniture, playing with another dog, thorns etc). They can also occur spontaneously.
Immediate veterinary treatment is required. Follow any instructions carefully because aftercare is critically important.
V- Vets: Choose a vet who understands the Pug breed.
W- Water: Ensure that your pug always has access to fresh water. Excessive drinking can be a symptom of renal dysfunction or other internal disease. Splashing in a paddling pool can be fun and helps to keep your pug cool in the heat of the summer.
Weight: remember keeping your Pug trim and fit will increase his quality of life as well as his longevity.
Wrinkles: The beautiful wrinkles that are so characteristic of the Pug face need to be kept clean. Pay particular attention to the deep one over the nose. All sorts of grime can get in there making it sore and itchy.
X- Xrays: To be avoided at all costs! You know what we mean.
Good pet insurance is advised in case of unforeseen injuries and illness.
Check the exclusions carefully when choosing insurance for your pet.
Y- Yawning: Quite often, in our experience followed closely by a sneeze. Do not look adoringly into your pug’s cute face unless you are prepared for a full facial pug sneeze!
Z- The gentle snoring noises you will get used to! Alternatively buy ear plugs!
Enjoy your Pug and the love and laughter they bring to your life.
They are indeed “the most extraordinary dog of them all” and if you Have Not Been Pugged you are missing out.