5 Sure Ways To Increase Your Pugs Life Expectancy
Hi Everyone thanks for visiting the blog. A pugs life expectancy is 12 to 14 years. With the correct care and attention adorable little dogs can each the 16 to 17 year mark.
I have experienced first hand how sad it can be to watch a little friend age. For every Pug owner there will come a time when we have to face the inevitable and say goodbye. It’s a very hard thing to do. Sometimes when your Pug’s quality of life has deteriorated, it’s the best thing for both of you.
I am afraid that the loss of a pet is never easy to get over. For many owners it can be one of the worst days periods of their lives.
For Pug puppies the 2 most common reasons for death are trauma and infection followed by congenital disease.
The 4 Major Causes Of Death For Adult Pugs
1) Neurological disorders – (27.5%)
Disorders affecting the nervous system are the most common cause of death in Pugs. The dreaded Pug Dog Encephalitis is the most fatal.
The disease usually strikes Pugs between the ages of 2 and 3 years old. Symptoms usually show quite suddenly and progress rapidly. Look out for signs of this condition. These may include the dog dragging his/her back feet, stumbling about staggering, and being unable to jump up on the couch. Your dog may have a seizure or start experiencing blindness. behavioral changes, depression, and circling are often common signs of the disease.
When a Pug dog is having a seizure, he may look into space, stumble and circle around. His/Her breathing will be very hard, the dog will become disoriented confused, very weak and may sometimes, fall onto the ground. Any sign of a seizure should be diagnosed by a vet as soon as possible. Your dog may need urgent surgery to control possible swelling of the brain.
2) Cancer (12.5%)
Cancer is the number two cause of death for the Pug breed. The most common forms that effect pugs are: skin tumors, mammary tumors (spaying greatly reduces the chance of this developing), testicular tumors (neutering eliminates any chance of this occurring), cancer of the mouth and lymphoma.
1/3 of all tumors found with the breed are skin tumors. 20% of these are mast cell tumors. Mast cells are found throughout the body. They work to help a pug respond to inflammation and allergies. The most common areas on the body to find mast cell tumors are: (45%) main frame (40%) back legs and head and neck.Ten percent are found in other areas.
3) Infection (11.0%)
This is the 3rd leading cause of death of adult Pug dogs. This includes a range of diseases That may affect your Pugs life expectancy including: Viral diseases, bacterial infections , fungal and intestinal infections
Yeast infections of the wrinkles are a common problem with Pugs. These are not fatal.
40 Congenital Disease (8.5%)
The 4th leading cause of death for Pug dogs. Abnormalities that are there at the time of a puppies birth are known as congenital defects. These may involve any of your dogs organs or any part of his/her body.
Congenital defects can occur for no known reason and often have a deadly effect on a pugs life expectancy. These. can be inherited, can be caused by environmental factors, or can be a combination of any of these. Some of these diseases may be fairly minor. Others prevent the dog’s normal development and functionality or cause an early death.
Brachycephalic syndrome is most commonly seen in short-nosed breeds of dogs, and results in abnormal development of different parts of their airway.
Changes as a Pug Dog Ages
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/she is really struggling.
Signs of ageing are:
1.0 Graying Hair And Dry Skin Are Sure Signs Of Aging
Frequent attention to grooming and the introduction of massage will help the condition of the skin and coat.
2.0 Your Pugs Teeth May Fall Out (or need to be removed)
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.
3.0 Your Little Dog May Experience Joint Stiffness
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/she 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 his/her independence, I strongly suggest steps or ramps so that he/she can get onto your bed, the sofa or any other safe area that he/she may be used to jumping onto.
Consult your vet before using nutritional supplements. There’s a ton of products available now. While most will do no harm; most are a waste of money.They will not help your little associate to be more active or prolong his/her life expectancy.See what your vet thinks before giving supplements to your dog.
4.0 Hearing Loss
Pugs normally have impressive hearing ability but as they grow old, hearing difficulties can develop.
5.0 Fat/ Muscle Ratio
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. Keep your dog on a natural healthy diet to help him/her reach his/her life expectancy. Light daily exercise continues to be important.
Your Pug may be calmer and less active. He/She 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.
When your Pug is about 8 years old, he/she will need to have added tests for issues that affect a pugs life expectancy.
A geriatric screening of your dog will include:
- A thorough, hands-on physical exam;
- Blood tests;
- Possibly an electrocardiogram;
- Specialized tests depending on your dog’s health history.
Increase Your Pugs Life Expectancy
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 your pugs life expectancy.
1.0 Keep An Eye On Your Pugs Weight
People often think that its normal for Pugs to be fat. This is a misconception. Yes, Pugs are food hogs so its 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 canned 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 the best food for his complete health.
2.0 Exercise Your Pug
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/her limits. When he/she 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/she will struggle to keep up with your pace. Stop now and then in the shade to rest and drink water.
3.0 Check The Thermometer
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.
4.0 Protect Your Pug From Parasites
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/her 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.
5.0 Give Your Pug Daily Attention
Give an older Pug the benefit of as much human companionship as he has had throughout his/her life. Even increase it, if you can. They get to love your voice almost as much as they their love food. Keep him/her near you and take them with you when you go places. You will increase his/her sense of security and involvement with the world and give him a better quality life. Pugs need lots of attention to be really happy dogs, and a happy dog lives longer.
5.0 Check Ups
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/her to the vet when there is a problem.
Regular yearly check ups are an important part of keeping a Pug healthy and extending your pugs life expectancy. 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/her senior years is a very simple. All it will take is a little love and devotion.
“Dogs, lives are short, too short, but you know that going in. You know the pain is coming, you’re going to lose a dog, and there’s going to be great anguish, so you live fully in the moment with her, never fail to share her joy or delight in her innocence, because you can’t support the illusion that a dog can be your lifelong companion. There’s such beauty in the hard honesty of that, in accepting and giving love while always aware that it comes with an unbearable price. Maybe loving dogs is a way we do penance for all the other illusions we allow ourselves and the mistakes we make because of those illusions.” Dean Koontz, The Darkest Evening of the Year