Alfie at 14 weeks old, pictured here with his friend Boxer dog, Millie (7 yrs, 79 lbs.)
Photo courtesy of Susan
So much fun! A Pug dog themed Monopoly game!
#3: Safety Tips
– Trauma is one of the leading causes of death for all puppies, the Pug breed included and is a top concern for Pugs of all ages. Many instances of severe injury and death can be prevented by following some simple care tips.
If your Pug has trouble navigating stairs (most applicable to puppies and seniors
), block these off with a gate. When outside, never allow your Pug to be off leash. Never allow your Pug to be in the yard unsupervised. If you have a puppy, do not allow anyone to handle him unless they have been shown proper handling techniques. Have young children stay on floor level to play and do not allow them to carry your Pug. Always be aware of where you are walking, especially at night, so that a Pug is not accidentally stepped on or tripped over. Whenever you take your Pug into the car with you, place him in a certified canine car seat or use a certified canine belt restraint.
: Never use a leash and collar.
Being a brachycephalic breed, most Pugs have some level of stenotic nares and/or elongated palate, which already interferes with breathing
. If a Pug has the added tension, force and pressure of the leash being connected to a collar around the neck, this can severely impede breathing AND lead to collapsed trachea. Always use a harness
: Use proper bedding.
This is another care tip based on the Pug’s breathing issues but also related to the knee and hip issues
that this breed can develop. Making sure that your Pug has a high quality, orthopedic bed can go a long way in both allowing him to attain a comfortable sleeping position to breathe good at night and also can alleviate pressure on joints. If a Pug snores, the use of a small pillow to allow the neck to stretch out can help.
#6: Keep your Pug on a healthy diet.
What a Pug eats plays a huge role in his overall health and his ability to maintain a healthy weight. Never just grab a bag of food from the supermarket shelf; most brands in those types of stores are cheap foods, packed with fillers. We recommend Orijen and if you do choose for something else, do your research first to find out what star rating the food has
. Take time to plan which snacks to give to your Pug; impulsive treat-giving often leads to the wrong types of foods. Pugs have a healthy appetite and you do not need to deny your Pug enough food if you offer high-quality meals and snacks.
#7: Make sure that your Pug drinks enough water, but not unfiltered tap water.
It’s important for this breed to stay properly hydrated and this is particularly true in the summer and during the winter when the air is dry. Pugs need to drink 1.5 to 2 ounces of water
per pound of body weight, per day. But plain, unfiltered tap water in much of the U.S. contains shocking amounts of chemicals and toxins. Attached a filter to the tap in the kitchen or use a canine water fountain.
#8: Use the right bowls.
Since raised bowls can increase the risk of bloat (a dangerous and deadly twisting of the stomach that can be caused by rapid ingestion of food or water), use floor level bowls. Never use plastic, as these easily harbor bacteria, often slide around and can leak dyes into food and water. Stainless steel is best. To help a Pug eat slowly, use a slow-feeder bowl or use a portion pacer.