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Common Pug dog health concerns

The Pug dog breed is one of today's most popular breeds and anyone who is thinking about adding one to their family should become familiar with the specifics of pug dog health care. The Pug as a breed has been known for over 3000 years. They were accepted as a member of the AKC Toy Group in 1885 and are known for their flat, pushed in face which is wrinkly as well as their curly tail and short fur. Pugs have a hefty short body, usually weighing between 13 to 20 lbs and standing about 10 to 14 inches high.

The features that distinguish the pug would be part of why they are so desirable (and why humans find them so cute), but unfortunately these features give pugs unique health problems that their humans have to keep an eye out for.

The folded skin of the pug is one of them. The wrinkles of the skin are prone to infections by nature. Therefore, always keep your dog well groomed and bathed properly and check with the Vet at the onset of any infection. Make sure to keep the area between the wrinkles dirt and dust free so that bacteria does not grow there.

Another factor which could cause pug dog health problems is its eyes. Because of its peculiar shape and location on the face, the pug's eyes are not protected properly and are prone to injury and other problems. Look for any inflammation in the eye regularly and take the dog to the Vet immediately if you identify any problem in the surrounding area.

Weight gain is another problem, commonly found in pugs, which could have an adverse effect on their health. Pugs as a breed has a tendency to overeat, so be careful about your pets food intake and maintain its weight at healthy limits.

Pugs are very sensitive to humidity as well as heat and prolonged exposure to either can cause them to have a hard time breathing. Always make sure they are kept in a cool area, especially in summertime.

A good health care regimen for your pet Pug means a long, happy life together. Responsible pet ownership includes taking care of your pet. Proper nutrition, grooming and regular visits to your vet, will assure proper Pug dog health is maintained.

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