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Pugs are very popular small breed dogs, especially amongst people who live in small apartments. They have short noses and small ears that flop down; this makes them very cute and very popular. Pugs are very loving and loyal companions. Pugs do not bark much but will alert you when something is wrong, making them excellent guard dogs. They like a more sedentary lifestyle but will need to spend some time exercising each day to help keep them fit. 

Common Medical Issues in Pugs

The genetic issues that Pugs have that you should be aware of are:

  • Breathing issues: With their short nose, they are very prone to breathing issues. Brachiocephalic dog breeds since they have short noses. This can cause them to have issues with breathing. Your dog may need surgery to correct some of these defects. 
  • Eye issues: Since they do not have a long nose to help protect their large eyes, their eyes can easily get scratched. They are also prone to developing Cherry Eyes. Cherry eye is a protrusion of the 3rd eyelid gland. This may require your dog to have surgery to fix these issues. Your vet can easily tack this gland back into place.  

Many of these issues will require you to visit your vet to help them quickly recover. Eye issues and breathing issues commonly reoccur and, many need lifelong medication to help manage.

Pet Insurance for Pugs

If you are looking for pet health insurance for your Pug, you should cover genetic conditions. Pugs are prone to respiratory issues and Cherry eye since they are a brachiocephalic dog breed. There are procedures that your Pug may need to help them breathe much better. You will also want one with short waiting times as many of these procedures need to be done immediately.

You could also consider enrolling in Pet Assure, a veterinary discount plan that is a low-cost pet insurance alternative. This plan has no exclusions due to age, breed, or hereditary conditions. Even pre-existing conditions are covered! Get a quote today. It's perfect for Pugs! 

Medically Reviewed by Sara Ochoa, DVM

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