While Pugs are adorable in every sense and love their owners unconditionally, we need to recognise and understand the following common ailments. Should your Pug show any symptoms you should know how to act in Advance and know what to do in most situations. If you are unable to assist your Pug you should visit a qualified veterinarian as soon as possible.

Overheating

Pugs are known to overheat easily, their tongues are key to calming them down in the heat, you will notice they will pant a lot when hot!

Key Tips

  • Keep them out of the sun, although pugs love being in the sun they shouldn’t be out in hot weather, if they are it will cause them to collapse.
  • Keep them in the shade or inside the house, anywhere that will keep them cool.
  • Make sure there is plenty of water bowls for them.  If you are out and it does become hot make sure you take plenty of bottled water and a bowl.  Also, use water to pour over them, this will help cool them down.
  • The Cooling Coat!  As seen on this site cooling coats are a must have for pugs.  It will help them to stay cool in the heat.
  • Going for a walk –  please take your pug out in the early hours of the morning or very late at night when it’s a cool temperature.

Skin Problems

Pugs can suffer with skin conditions.

These include:

  • Allergic reaction
  • Bacterial Infection
  • Mange
  • Ringworm
  • Dermatitis
  • Mites

Key Tip

If you do see your pug with any red spots, hair loss or if they are scratching a lot please take them to the vets straight away. They can complete some tests in order to find the right treatment.

Anal Glands

The anal glands should be emptied every time his goes to the toilet, if your pug is experiencing some discomfort after going to the toilet, i.e. scooting his bottom along the floor this may indicate that his anal glands are blocked or impacted.  Going to the vet will ensure treatment.

Ear Infections

Pugs may be prone to ear infections, they have rose or button ears, so air does not circulate easily for them.

Signs of an infection include:

  • Redness or Inflammation
  • Waxy Brown discharge
  • Foul Odor
  • Scratching
  • Shaking their head
  • Holding their head at an angle

The likely cause of an ear infection is mites, but always seek veterinary attention, the usual treatment is ear drops or antibiotics.

Eye Problems

Pugs are very well known for their big beautiful eyes, but this is one of their big problems.

Unfortunately, pugs are far more vulnerable to eye problems than other type of dogs, they can suffer from conjunctivitis so if you notice their eyes looking sore please take them to the vet.

Key Tip

When out exercising your pug, watch out of small stones or other sharp objects.

Arthritis

As pugs get older they are like many other older dogs more likely to develop arthritis, if you notice them slowing down or limping please see your vet.

Key Tip

  • Ensure your Pugs’ bed is warm
  • If your pet gets wet while out, make sure he is fully dry

Finally, when buying your Pug always ask to view the documentation of the mother and father (this should be available from the breeder), as Pugs can inherit disorders.