Extending the Life Span of Your Pug
An excellent diet -
This breed is very prone to obesity, which can lead to heart problems, breathing problems and affect the hips and joints. Maintaining a healthy weight is very important for a Pug to live a long and healthy life. Here are some tips:
- Replace fatty and unhealthy snacks with wholesome foods such as raw baby carrots
- Have scheduled meals for your Pug dog and stick to the meal plan. Knowing in advance what you will feed your Pug will help eliminate spur-of-the moment offerings of unhealthy foods.
- Even if you keeping your Pug on a healthy diet, give a daily vitamin and mineral supplement, specific to your Pug’s age: puppy, adult or senior.
This is a matter of finding the right balance. A sedentary Pug will not be a healthy dog, yet too much exercise can lead to health issues and breathing problems
On warm days, walking in the morning (before 10 AM) and again in the evening (after 5PM) will keep a Pug from exercising during the hottest parts of the day. Stopping in the shade to rest and drink water is recommended. Read more: Pug exercise.
With all of those wrinkles and those ears to take care of, proper grooming is vital to maintaining healthy skin and avoiding skin infection.
Taking care of the teeth is important as well since infections in the mouth can spread to the bloodstream if they are not treated. As a Pug ages, he will lose his teeth if good oral hygiene cannot been performed over the course of his life. Read more: Teeth and Dental Care.
Most owners diligently follow scheduled visits when their Pug is a puppy, since they include very necessary inoculations. However, some owners slack off as the dog matures; only bringing him or her to the veterinarian once an issue is obvious. Regular yearly checkups are an important part of keeping a Pug healthy and extending life span.
There are a host of issues that can be spotted before an owner notices any recognizable signs and the earlier treatment begins, the more effective it is. Adult Pugs should be seen once a year and seniors (Pugs 8 years old and older) should be seen 2 times per year for examinations that include geriatric screenings (tests performed to check for issues specific to aging dogs).
Brachycephalic breeds (flat faced) such as the Pug dog require routine veterinarian examinations and veterinarian visits when any issues are noticed to ensure the best chances for optimal life span.