The Pug has a lifespan of 12 to 15 years and is prone to major health problems such as pug dog encephalitis (PDE) and canine hip dysplasia (CHD), as well as minor problems such as elongated palate, patellar dislocation, stenotic nostrils, Legg-Perthes disease, entropion, dry keratoconjunctivitis (KCS), hemivitis vertebra, obesity and. Dogs are also susceptible to heat stress, exercise intolerance, eye problems, dental disease, skin infections, and spinal deformities. Pug dog encephalitis (PDE) is a devastating neurological condition. Most cases occur between 2 and 3 years of age, but can occur from 6 months to 6 years of age.
Inflammation of the brain is caused by the dog's immune system that attacks brain tissue. The disease can progress from depression. Headache and neck pain, blindness and behavior change to seizures and death within weeks. It is inherited and even crosses with a pug parent can suffer from PDE.
Pugs are chondrodystrophic dogs, meaning they have shorter bones, which makes them more bent or twisted than other dog breeds. This condition is what makes them susceptible to orthopedic problems such as Legg-Calvé-Perthes disorder, luxating kneecaps, and diseases of the intervertebral discs. Dental diseases are known to affect around 80% of domesticated canines by two years of age. Unfortunately, this brachycephalous breed is more likely to have more dental problems than other breeds.
Diabetes is a Mellitus that affects approximately one in 500 dogs.
pugsare more susceptible to diabetes than other breeds. There are two types of diabetes that can affect canines and they are: insulin deficiency diabetes (similar to type 1 diabetes in humans) and insulin resistance diabetes. The problem is that most dog training videos on the Internet are worthless, because they use the wrong training method.
Unfortunately, digestive problems in dogs can be triggered by eating wrong food (table scraps, garbage or foreign objects), parasites, hypersensitivity, food allergies, parasites, bacteria (salmonella), etc.