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pugs and allergies
June 10, 2009

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.
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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.
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Sores and inflamation on legs and bottoms of feet, make it painful to walk
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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?
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Posted by Lori on June 10, 2009 3:17 PM permalink Comments (6)

 

 

LInda commented June 10, 2009 10:21 PM

Lori, Bless you for fostering Plum.

 

 

Casey commented June 11, 2009 10:18 AM

OMG that poor little girl! Wow you are an angel for nursing her back to health! Kinda curious - what was her name before? Also hee hee YES she does look like the frog when she smiles!

 

 

2wildpugs commented June 11, 2009 10:18 AM

The other thing I always emphasize to potential pug owners is the requirement of companionship and attention. People need to realize that, for nearly 2000 years now, pugs have been bred to be a companion animal. They have likely never hunted, guarded, etc. Their sole job is to be a friend to humans. So, if you are unable to let them do their job (gone a lot, no time etc.), then a pug is not for you.

 

 

Lex commented June 11, 2009 11:36 AM

Oh the poor thing!!!
I bet she sleeps in Sausage's bed because she can tell how well loved he was. :)
I love Plum's little smile, she is so sweet.

 

 

Lori commented June 11, 2009 2:47 PM

The other thing I always emphasize to potential pug owners is the requirement of companionship and attention. People need to realize that, for nearly 2000 years now, pugs have been bred to be a companion animal. They have likely never hunted, guarded, etc. Their sole job is to be a friend to humans. So, if you are unable to let them do their job (gone a lot, no time etc.), then a pug is not for you.

100% correct. Thank you for point out their personality issues too. Pugs need to be companions, that's what they were bred for! If you don't want the little mate on your couch, bed, car, etc. and to have to pet them all the time.....then a pug is NOT for you!

 

 

Lori commented June 11, 2009 2:52 PM

OMG that poor little girl! Wow you are an angel for nursing her back to health! Kinda curious - what was her name before? Also hee hee YES she does look like the frog when she smiles!

The shelter papers said her name was Pugz. We didn't think that was very original or special enough for her so we changed it to Plum. I call her Plums which sounds similar to her old name. It's just sweeter :)

I love Plum's little smile, she is so sweet.

She does have the sweetest little smile!! it's adorable.

 



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