Pug Dachshund Mix – Perfect Puppy or Potential Problem Pet?
The Pug Dachshund Mix is a breed with its own set of problems. There are many reasons why some pugs have health issues while others do not. For example, there are some pugs that develop cancer at a young age whereas other pugs may never get it. The same thing applies to their immune systems. Some pugs will get sick from just one virus but other pugs may not even need vaccinations.
There are some reasons why some pugs live longer than others. One reason could be because they tend to have healthier bones and muscles which means that they don’t suffer from osteoporosis as much.
Another reason could be due to better nutrition since they eat a diet rich in bone, muscle, and organ meats rather than vegetables and fruits. Finally, some pugs might be able to tolerate higher levels of toxins in the environment than others.
Some breeds like the Pug are prone to certain types of cancers. The Pug is also prone to heart disease and blood clots.
These diseases are more common among purebred dogs compared to mixes. Purebred dogs tend to have less genetic defects such as hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, eye disorders etc.
It’s important to also note that the age of your pug has a lot to do with its health. Some pugs can develop health issues after their 6th birthday.
Other pugs may not develop any health issues until they are 7 or even 8 years old.
Here are some examples of health issues that some pugs might develop:
Liver Shunt (LS) – This is a condition where the liver is not functioning properly. There is a blood vessel that takes blood straight from the intestines and delivers it directly to the liver.
In some pugs, there is a mutation in this blood vessel that causes blood to bypass the liver. This can result in brain damage and seizures if left untreated. The good news is that surgeons can perform an operation to fix the blood vessel and direct the blood where it is supposed to go. The success rate of this operation is over 95%.
Dilated Cardiomyopathy (DCM) – This is a disease of the heart muscles. The muscles become stretched out like a rubber band, thick and stiff.
As a result, the heart cannot pump blood as well as a healthy heart.
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