Hi Everyone thanks for visiting the blog. With proper correct care and attention you can increase a pugs life span to 16 or even as long as 18 years.
When a pug gets to about 8 years old he is a senior.The change from adult to senior is often so gradual that owners don't always notice the changing needs of their little associate until he's really struggling.
Frequent attention to grooming and the introduction of massage will help the condition of the skin and coat.
Rotten teeth may lead to gum and mouth infection. These can migrate to vital organs causing serious damage.
This is where good dental care pays off. Pugs with healthy teeth digest their food better reducing the chance of intestinal blockages and stomach illnesses.
This usually affects the back legs which are usually worse in the mornings or following periods of prolonged inactivity.Their barrel-shaped bodies put a lot of weight and stress on the hip areas, legs, and knees. This can take its toll as the years go by. Pugs often get arthritis as well.
Your little pal may experience difficulty getting up from a down position. He may battle walking up steps and might begin walking slower due to stiffness in the legs.
Keeping the fur on your Pug’s pads trimmed will give your dog a little more traction on tiled floors. You can carry you Pug but try to allow your dog to keep up her independence. I strongly suggest steps or ramps so that he can get onto your bed, the sofa or any other safe area that she may be used to jumping onto.
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Pugs normally have impressive hearing ability but as they grow old, hearing difficulties can develop.
As your dog's body it begins to store more fat and your dog may start to lose muscle tone. With ageing Pugs, fat cells previously located near the surface of the skin gradually move deeper in the body, closer to vital organs. A healthy diet will help increase a pugs life span. Light daily exercise continues to be important.
Your Pug may be calmer and less active. He may become impatient with younger dogs in your household. This is usually due to painful joints. This behavior may be triggered by a reaction to drugs or a new environment. Older dogs like change. They like things to stay the same.
Based on the latest statistics, you can pretty much expect at least one or two health crisis to occur during the lifetime of your little dog.
There’s not all that much you can do to avoid common health problems. There are however a few things you can do that may increase a pug's life span.
People often think that its normal for Pugs to be fat. This is a misconception. Yes, Pugs are food hogs so it's important to keep a close eye on the amount of food you may be giving your dog. Naturally too much snacking between meals is out.
Avoid feeding your Pug people food. Dry kibbles are better than can dog food. Your Pug needs a high fiber diet that will improve gastrointestinal health and food that's low in calories. There are dog food formulas that are lower in calories and have all the necessary vitamins, minerals and nutrients that will insure your Pug gets the best food for his complete health.
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Pugs normally sleep around fourteen hours a day but that does not mean that your dog should always be lazing about. Pugs need daily exercise to keep their weight down. Physical and mental stimulation will help make your Pug feel active and young.
To exercise your Pug indoors I suggest you get some treat toys that dispense meals in less quantity.
For outdoor exercise, a short brisk walk is enough. Don't push your Pug beyond his limits. When he slows down, begins breathing heavily or resists walking, it’s time to stop. On warmer days try to walk in the morning (before 10 AM) and again in the evening (after 5 PM) A pug will rarely give up on a walk. He will struggle to keep up with your pace. Stop now and then in the shade to rest and drink water.
A Pugs short face and upturned nose may compromise breathing and make heat stroke a definite possibility. Pugs are prone to heat stroke and are often brought in to the vet after suffering heart attacks, strokes, kidney failure and seizures brought on by heat exposure.
It’s important to keep your companion animal healthy and free of parasites.Fleas and Ticks can be a major concern and look out for worms, as well.
A sure sign of is when your dog begins shaking his head and/or scratching madly. Look out for redness or skin rashes when you bathe your dog. Have your little friend tested for parasites annually and protect your dog and your family.
With Pug pups owners usually follow scheduled visits because they know they need to do the necessary inoculations. Some owners slack off as their dog matures. They only bring him to the vet when there is a problem.
Regular yearly check-ups are an important part of keeping a Pug healthy and extending a pug's life span. Get your vet to give your pug a physical check.
There's a host of issues that can be spotted by your vet.The earlier treatment begins, the more effective it will be. 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.
Helping your Pug live happily through his senior years is a very simple. All it will take is a little love and devotion.
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