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Since a lot of people find my blog by way of keyword searches like "where to buy a pug" I figure I'll take the opportunity to help them understand some important health factors before taking a pug into the home.
Of course one should never "BUY" a pug from a pet store or non-reputable breeder, one should adopt from a shelter or rescue.
There are a number of things to consider when deciding on a pug for a new pet. Like for instance they can't tolerate hot weather because of their short noses and challenged respiratory systems. There are genetic issues, eye issues, mast cell tumors, knee problems (luxating patella), ear, nose and throat issues......and ALLERGIES.
The allergies can be related to food, skin, environmental, systemic, etc. Much of determining the cause of the allergy is trial and error by eliminating certain factors that may be the culprit. It takes time, patience, and more of a financial commitment for medications, vet bills, and a special diet.
Little Plum is a prime example of a pug with allergies and the damage they can cause if left untreated.
Damage to legs and paws as a result of untreated allergies. Feet are red, swollen, itchy, loss of hair, hyperpigmented brown with saliva stains from years of licking, biting and rubbing.
Ears are red, inflamed, and bleeding from untreated infection. Possible permanent damage to her hearing. She does not hear me unless I am right up in her face and even then she may just be responding to my facial animations.
Sores and inflamation on legs and bottoms of feet, make it painful to walk
Moral of the story is if you want a pug be prepared to treat allergies. Not all pugs have them, but many do.
And on a lighter note here is little Plum lounging in her favorite spot in my house, the Sausages bed.
It's her happy place. You can even see her little smile. Doesn't she look like the froggy when she smiles?