Did you know that today, October 15th, is Pug Day? We think all of our canine companions are charming. However, the pug may very well be the most adorable pooch on the planet. A Roanoke, VA vet offers some pug care tips in this article.
You may have noticed that pugs tend to be, well, a bit round. Pudgy pugs are cute, but they are at risk of developing some very serious health issues. Even giving Fido just ten calories too many each day can cause him to gain weight. Ask your vet for specific advice, including portion sizes, and tips on steeling yourself against that sad stare.
Be Cautious With Those Eyes
Speaking of those big eyes, you’ll need to be careful with them. The shape of Fido’s skull is responsible for those cute bulging bug eyes. It also, unfortunately, leaves them vulnerable to injury. Plus, because your furry friend is so low to the ground, he can easily get dust in his eyes. Avoid putting sharp, pointy things at your pup’s eye level. This is something to keep in mind if you have a garden and want to grow sharp, thick plants, like roses or aloe.
Offer Suitable Exercise
Like other brachycephalic dogs, pugs can get winded very quickly. Even mild exertion can cause them to go into respiratory distress. Be very careful not to overexert Fido, especially in that sweltering summer heat. Most of the time, walks and gentle play should be fine. Swimming is definitely out, but you can let your canine buddy go wading, or perhaps play in a kiddie pool or sprinkler.
Keep Fido Company
Pugs are extremely sociable, and they can get really lonely if left by themselves too much. If you’re out all day, and Fido stays home alone, consider getting him a buddy. (Bonus: doubling the pugs means doubling the cuteness.)
Provide Lots Of Cuddles
Pugs are companion dogs, so their main purpose in life is to look adorable and provide lots of love. Fido will be happiest if he spends a lot of time with you. Pay lots of attention to your canine friend!
Send Us Pictures
We know, we know, this one isn’t technically a care tip. We just never get tired of seeing these adorable faces!
Do you have questions about caring for a pug? Contact us, your local Roanoke, VA animal clinic, today!