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Common Diseases and Disorders

  • Hip dysplasia is a malformation of the hip joint that results in pain, lameness and arthritis.

  • Patellar luxation is a disorder affecting the kneecap.

  • Entropion is a problem with the eyelid that causes inward rolling. Lashes on the edge of the eyelid irritate the surface of the eyeball and may lead to more serious problems.

  • Demodectic mange is a parasitic skin disease caused by a mite. Hair loss and itchiness are common.

  • Atopy is a disease associated with allergies.

  • Melanoma is a tumor arising from melanocytes, which are the cells that produce pigment.

  • Mast cell tumors are malignant tumors than can occur in the skin or within the body.

  • Heat stroke is a serious concern for the pug due to his short muzzle.

  • Pug encephalitis is an inflammation of the brain that often causes seizures.

  • Dystocia is the term used to describe difficult birthing. Due to their large heads, it is difficult for the mother to pass the puppies vaginally and most bulldogs have cesareans to deliver their babies.

  • Distichiasis is a condition in which there is growth of extra eyelashes from the glands of the upper or lower eyelid.

  • Keratoconjunctivitis sicca is a disorder of the eye that results when tear production is decreased.

  • Proptosis is the displacement of the eyeball out of the eye socket

    In addition, the pug is prone to obesity, arthritis, heart disease, facial fold dermatitis and pseudohermaphrodism.

    Life Span

    They average life span of the pug is 12 to 14 years.


    We realize that each dog is unique and may display other characteristics. This profile provides generally accepted breed information only.








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