#2 Proper support
- Having a barrel-shaped body, short legs and a brachycephalic profile, Pugs are prone to several issues.
1) Hips issues.
The way in which a Pug carries himself puts a lot of wear and tear on joints, and in particular the hip joints and socket. It is important that a Pug has the right cushioning and support under his body when he rests and sleeps.
With the right bed, weight will be evenly distributed without undue pressure on any one body point and the right orthopedic (memory foam) mattress will conform to the body for optimal comfort.
If you looked at two 7 year old Pugs; one that mostly rested on the floor for years and the other rested and slept in a quality canine bed... the one that had the bed would out-run, out-endure and have much less joint discomfort than the other, less fortunate dog.
2) Breathing issues.
Being a brachycephalic breed (compressed snout) often brings about some level of breathing issues
. Many Pugs snore and/or snort at night while they are trying to sleep due to compressed breathing passages.
One fix to this is to offer more humidity in the air via a humidifier placed within close proximity. And another helpful method is to offer a Pug the right bed that allows his body to curl and position in a way that allows the neck to stretch. While you can always try to tuck a small pillow under your Pug, most likely it will slip out soon afterward.