How Long Pugs Live, and How to Help Them Get Healthier

How Long Do Pugs Live?

The average lifespan of a Pug is around 10 – 12 years. Some pugs are able to live longer than 15 years, but most have died before they reach their tenth birthday. A typical adult male Pug will live between 7 and 8 years, while females tend to last less than 5 years.

Pugs are very active animals, and spend most of their time running around, chasing each other or playing with toys. They are not known to be particularly fond of water, so it’s best if you don’t let them get too wet!

What Happens When a Pug Dies?

When a dog dies, they may appear lifeless for some time after death. If you’re lucky, your pet may even lie down peacefully. However, if the animal was suffering from any sort of illness or injury, then they might suffer a slow painful death.

Dogs can become ill when exposed to certain diseases such as rabies, distemper and parvovirus. These infections cause dogs to go into shock and die within days or weeks. Other illnesses include tumors (especially in the digestive system), kidney failure and heart disease.

Pugs are also prone to dental illnesses such as tooth decay and gum disease. In severe cases they may require an operation to remove all or part of the tooth/teeth.

Old age is another killer of pugs. As pugs tend to suffer from a number of health problems when they get older, they are more likely to die when their bodies become too weak to fight off infection or illness.

Other causes of death can include accidents and injury. This may be due to the pug falling down the stairs or off an apartment balcony. Other reasons may be due to being hit by a car, or accidentally swallowing something which prevents them from breathing easily (e.g.

ball, shoe).

How Long Do Pugs Live Before They Die?

The average life expectancy of a pug is around 10 – 12 years, with some living up to 15 years.

How to Make Your Pug Live Longer

The best way to keep your pug alive for as long as possible is to give it lots of love and attention. Also check with your veterinarian that the pug is up-to-date with its vaccinations, and does not have any life-threatening illnesses such as heartworm orRCP (respiratory cytotoxic pneumonia).

A pug also needs plenty of exercise, so take it for walks on a regular basis. However, don’t over-exercise the pug as this will cause it to overheat and could potentially lead to heart failure.

What are the potential health problems with Pugs?

Below is a list of some of the health issues Pug owners should watch out for:

Allergies – Common allergies in dogs include atopy and food allergy. Atopy is a general term for an allergic condition in which the dog is allergic to things that would not necessarily be expected to cause an allergic reaction, such as environmental pollens or molds. Food allergies are caused by something in the food the dog eats, such as beef, chicken, lamb, fish, milk, eggs, corn or wheat.

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The symptoms of atopy and food allergy are similar and can include: itchy skin, bald patches, rashes, sores and scabs. Treatment involves changing your diet to one that does not contain the ingredient to which your dog is allergic.

Heart problems – The most common heart problem found in pugs is called Pug Dog Heart Disease (PDHD), also known as congestive heart failure. This condition is characterized by a thickening of the muscle tissue in the walls of the heart. This makes it difficult for blood to pass through the chamber, which can lead to a backup of blood, fluid and cells in the lungs.

This condition can lead to difficulty breathing, fainting, nervousness and loss of energy. There is no known cure for PDHD, but dogs diagnosed with the condition can be treated with certain drugs and heart medication.

Liver problems – Liver problems are not very common in pugs, but they include autoimmune hepatitis (liver cells become damaged due to the immune system attacking them) and hemangiosarcoma (the most common type of cancer to affect the liver).

Eye problems – Pug dog eye syndrome is a condition in which the blood vessels on the surface of the eyes grow very rapidly. If left untreated, the increased growth will eventually impair vision and even cause loss of vision. The condition is genetic, and some pugs are more likely to develop it than others.

Treatment involves surgical removal of the excessive blood vessels to restore normal vision. Cataracts are also common in pugs, and can cause blindness if not treated.

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