Is your canine buddy a pug? If so, you may want to give him a special treat today: it’s National Pug Day! These lovable pups with the smooshed faces definitely have some loyal fans. Pugs are quite unique, and are extremely cute and charming. These guys do have a few specific care requirements, though. Like other brachys, they can lose their breath easily, so you’ll need to be careful not to overexert them. Fido also has some dietary needs to consider. A local Tumwater, WA veterinarian discusses feeding your pug below.
Pugs are brachycephalic. This means that, due to short airways, they can lose their breath very easily. That is even more of an issue with obese dogs. Even carrying a little extra weight can be detrimental to Fido’s health. Pay close attention to your furry friend’s portion sizes.
Pugs often have sensitive stomachs. They can also get allergies and/or skin reactions from certain foods and additives. Offer Fido a healthy, natural food. Avoid products that contain lots of grain; fillers, such as corn or soy; artificial preservatives; dyes; and/or food coloring. Many pugs do best on kibble. Your vet (and your dog) may want you to add a little canned food as a topper. Ask your vet for specific advice.
Dehydration is a concern with pugs, especially when it’s hot. Overheating and overexertion are both very dangerous to these guys! Fido can’t really cool himself off very well by panting, so he’ll need lots of water. If your tap water isn’t great, you may want to get a filtered pitcher or faucet filter.
Pugs are prone to developing bloat, which can happen when their stomachs and/or intestines get twisted. This is not only excruciatingly painful, it can also be fatal. Raised bowls have been linked to this condition. Take care not to let Fido eat or drink too quickly, especially after running around, and don’t walk or play with him right after he’s eaten.
Choosing the right dinnerware is also important. Stainless steel is a good option, as it doesn’t harbor germs the way plastic dishes do. Be sure to keep Fido’s bowls clean! Wash them daily, and take care to rinse well.
Do you have questions about pug care? Call us, your local Tumwater, WA vet clinic!