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5 Ways to Keep a Healthy Pug

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First and foremost, you'll want to make sure to bring your young pug to a trusted veterinarian and get him the necessary vaccinations. The "core vaccines" include distemper, hepatitis, parvovirus, kennel cough, leptospirosis and rabies. These vaccinations are typically encouraged for all dogs, but your vet can help develop a vaccination program that's best suited to your pug and your area. The vet may encourage giving your dog a vaccine against Lyme disease, for instance, or coronavirus.

As the owner of a pug, you'll also want to keep an eye out for conditions that pugs are prone to. One unfortunate consequence of the adorable short muzzle is a condition called entropion, which is when the eyelashes rub the eyes and cause irritation and even blindness. You should suspect this is a problem if your pug squints, has stains below the eyes and tears up excessively. Another common pug problem is patella luxation, a knee problem that can be fixed with corrective surgery.

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