Please!!!! Read ALL prior to purchasing a puppy. This can save your puppies life if any of the following were to occur. This is NOT covered under any health guarantee/or warranty. We recommend for all of our buyers to schedule a vet appointment for the said puppy prior to pick up date. Puppies should generally be seen within 48 hours of purchase. We believe NO puppy should be exposed to outside until ALL puppy vaccines are given. Absolutely NO dog parks recommended! Thank you for reading!!!!
When bringing a Pug Puppy home, planning should
be done in regard to food. A quick change in diet can lead to stomach
and intestinal distress.
Switching to a new food can be done in the following way:
Week 1 : ¾ old to ¼ new
Week 2 : ½ old to ½ new
Week 3: ¼ old to ¾ new
Week 4: A Pug can now be solely on the new food
During this time of the gradual changeover, both varieties should be mixed together well for each meal.
PUPPIES CAN HAVE FLEAS! IF WE NOTICE ANY FLEAS WE WILL TELL YOU, BUT FLEAS CAN HATCH IN A MATTER OF HOURS AFTER A SALE, AND PLEASE USE THE SAFEST WAY POSSIBLE TO GET RID OF THEM!
in young puppies under 12 weeks of age I recommend Dawn Dish Liquid. Yes this sounds crazy but it works and is highly recommended by my vet. Once 12+ weeks you can talk with your vet, or a worker at Petsmart and see what is the best product to use. Always remember to re dip a few days later to kill the eggs before they re cycle!
Please think about asking your vet for the best monthly flea treatment.
Update: 2016 - We now Mix Coconut Oil in Dawn Dish for a smooth natural flea treatment bath for any animal under the age of 12 weeks. It softens the skin, and still treats fleas at the same time.
is very dangerous, it is also preventable! Hypoglycemia is when the blood sugar is very low, this can be caused if the puppy is stressed or hasn’t eaten enough. It is very important when buying a small breed to educate yourself about Hypoglycemia and how to react if this does occur. Hypoglycemia is more common in toy breeds but can happen to any type of dog. Hypoglycemia causes server symptoms in a very short period of time if not treated. You will be able to tell right away if this does occur. Symptoms are usually pale gums, shaking, puppy not responding, dizziness etc.
Hypoglycemia is NOT covered any warranties as it is preventable.
This is the most commonly seen parasitic. Which affects the intestinal tract of puppies, most often seen in puppies between 2 and 12 weeks of age. Caused by the presence of the coccidian protozoa. If a young puppy becomes stressed, the disease can 'flare up' as a result. They can get Coccidia just by traveling to a new home, change of environment, accidentally stepping on Feces and licking paws, drinking water from getting a bath... Almost every puppy gets COCCIDIA.
Symptoms - include diarrhea, sometimes drops of blood and mucus - often pale grey to white in color and very smelly! Vomiting, lethargy and loss of appetite are common. Symptoms can be mild to severe. Treatment is supportive, with fluids being given to combat dehydration. Plus the use of a sulfa-based anti-biotic (Albon 5%) to treat the disease, usually a 5-12 day treatment course, or Probios which can be purchased at the tractor supply. Always see a vet for advise.
also sometimes known as 'Beaver Fever'. Caused by protozoa Parasites called Giardia, which are found in rivers, streams, lakes, puddles and other bodies of water that contain traces of animal feces.
Symptoms - Many dogs with Giardia are 'a-symptomatic' which means that they don't show any symptoms, but continue to 'carry' and transmit the disease. However, the main symptom is diarrhea, which is often watery and foul-smelling. Vomiting, weight loss and lethargy may also occur. Treatment - antibiotics are required, and the most commonly used medications are Metronidazole (known as Flagyl) and Fenbendazole (Panacur). Both are effective, but your pup may need more than one round of treatment to eliminate the problem. Giardiosis can be transmitted to humans, so avoid swimming in water that could be infected, and follow excellent personal hygiene precautions if your dog gets this disease.
Roundworms, Whip Worms, Tape Worms & Hook Worms
This is the most common worms found in puppies and can easily be treated by you, or by your vet. Our vet has us use "Nemex". It takes time for the worms to pass, and a follow up in 10-14 days to kill the eggs is recommended. Please always take a stool sample into your vet so they can run a fecal exam. Our puppies are dewormed at 2, 4, 6 & 8 weeks of age, again at 12, & 14 weeks, then every 6 months, or as needed. Please do not over dose your puppy and get proper dosage prior to giving your puppy the dewormer. Puppy worms are nasty little critters who come in lots of different shapes and sizes. They can be transmitted in different ways too.
- Roundworms - transmitted from momma to puppy or through feces
- Tapeworms - transmitted by fleas
- Whipworms (& Hookworms) - found in soil
- Hookworms - found in soil, feces
We use Panacur Safeguard - 3 Day Supply works wonders for most common worms.
This is the most common case of Mange. Demodex Mange is very common in the Pug Breed. Can easily be cured by ivermectin and a shampoo. Often called Demodex, is a skin disease caused by parasitic mites called Demodectic Mites. These mites live on your Pug’s body at the base of the fur follicles 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days per year ALL DOES HAVE A FEW MITES. You won’t be reminded of, or even aware of these mites being on your Pugs body, until you see some symptoms that let you know they’re there, and doing damage. Demodectic Mange is the result of a weak or weakened immune system. In terms of the Generalized form, Demodex may be the result of a weak immune system passed along from generation of pug to generation. In the Localized form, Demodex usually shows itself in Pug puppies (remember a Pug puppyhood is quite long and they may not fully develop until they are as much as two years of age) between the ages of 6 and 18 months.
Given the fact that Localized Demodex occurs most often at this age, it is often thought that the reason behind it is the still developing immune system of a Pug puppy. However, it is also quite common for Demodectic Mange to show itself in a Pug that has recently moved from breeder to home, or from one home to another. Because of this, it is also theorized that stress may be a cause of Demodectic Mange as well. While this does make sense, and is logical enough, it’s important to note that this is more the effect of stress on the dogs’ immune system than it is stress itself. Stress can lower a dogs ability to fight off disease and illness, just as it does in people, but it’s the lowering of the immune system itself that leads to the mites doing their damage. If your Pug does not have a genetically deficient immune system, Demodectic Mange may reoccur depending upon the development of your Pugs immune system. If for example your Pug suffers from Demodex at 1 year of age, it is possible that it will reoccur several months later because even at that age, the immune system is still developing. This does not mean it will reoccur, but it can. erinarian when your dog is being treated. Make sure you receive and follow instructions as to whether or not you should bathe your Pug in between dippings. Vets differ on this issue, but as long as you trust and are comfortable with your Veterinarian, follow his her advice.
Spay and Neuter
There are dangers and benefits from this! PLEASE MAKE SURE YOUR VET MAKES SURE THE SAID DOG/PUPPY IS IN GREAT HEALTH AND KNOWS THE BREED WELL PRIOR TO HAVING ANY SURGERIES. GOOD VETS CAN COST MORE BUT IT CAN SAFE YOUR DOGS LIFE BY CHOOSING A WELL EDUCATED VET.
This can be dangerous to a Pug. We have heard of Pugs dying during this procedure, but not likely if your vet did a full exam and knows about the Flat face breeds well. Try to wait until 6-12 months of age.
Benefits of Spaying (females):
- No heat cycles, therefore males will not be attracted
- Less desire to roam
- Risk of mammary gland tumors, ovarian and/or uterine cancer is reduced or eliminated, especially if done before the first heat cycle
- Reduces number of unwanted cats/kittens/dogs/puppies
- Helps dogs and cats live longer, healthier lives
- Reduces or eliminates risk of spraying and marking
- Less desire to roam, therefore less likely to be injured in fights or auto accidents
- Risk of testicular cancer is eliminated, and decreases incidence of prostate disease
- Reduces number of unwanted cats/kittens/dogs/puppies
- Decreases aggressive behavior, including dog bites
- Helps dogs and cats live longer, healthier lives
- It helps to reduce companion animal overpopulation. Most countries have a surplus of companion animals and are forced to euthanize or disregard their great suffering. The surplus is in the millions in the United States. Cats are 45 times as prolific, and dogs 15 times as prolific, as humans. They do not need our help to expand their numbers; they need our help to reduce their numbers until there are good homes for them all.
- Sterilization of your cat or dog will increase his/her chance of a longer and healthier life. Altering your canine friend will increase his life an average of 1 to 3 years, felines, 3 to 5 years. Altered animals have a very low to no risk of mammary gland tumors/cancer, prostate cancer, perianal tumors, pyometria, and uterine, ovarian and testicular cancers.
- Sterilizing your cat/dog makes him/her a better pet, reducing his/her urge to roam and decreasing the risk of contracting diseases or getting hurt as they roam. Surveys indicate that as many as 85% of dogs hit by cars are unaltered. Intact male cats living outside have been shown to live on average less than two years. Feline Immunodeficiency Syndrome is spread by bites and intact cats fight a great deal more than altered cats.
- Your community will also benefit. Unwanted animals are becoming a very real concern in many places. Stray animals can easily become a public nuisance, soiling parks and streets, ruining shrubbery, frightening children and elderly people, creating noise and other disturbances, causing automobile accidents, and sometimes even killing livestock or other pets.
- The American Veterinary Medical Association
- The capture, impoundment and eventual destruction of unwanted animals costs taxpayers and private humanitarian agencies over a billion dollars each year. As a potential source of rabies and other less serious diseases, they can be a public health hazard.
- The American Veterinary Medical Association
- It takes about seven months, once a dog is bitten by an infected mosquito, for the larvae to mature into adult heartworms. They then lodge in the heart, lungs, and surrounding blood vessels and begin reproducing. This can be prevented by getting your puppy started on heartworm prevention as soon as possible. We start our furkids at 8 weeks of age ( at least 2lb ). We recommend: Sentinel Heartgard. There are dangers to some brands, this one as personally worked best for us. We have heard many horror stories about Trifexis and we do not recommend that brand.
*We keep our puppies at least 24 hours after first vaccines before transferring them into new homes* Extremely contagious viral disease that attacks the intestines, lymph nodes and bone marrow. Rarer variety can attack the heart resulting in sudden death. Easily transmitted through contact with infected feces, either directly or on shoes, hands etc. Black and tan breeds such as Doberman Pinschers and Rottweilers tend to be especially vulnerable, as are Pitbulls and young puppies.
Symptoms include extreme lethargy, loss of appetite, and severe, profuse vomiting and diarrhea (often bloody) which results in dehydration. Treatment is mainly supportive and relies heavily on intravenous fluids to counteract dehydration and intravenous anti-biotics to attack sepsis infection.
Severe and usually fatal viral disease that affects the brain and nervous system. Transmitted through saliva. Once symptoms appear this illness is always fatal to both dogs and humans.
Symptoms - are behavioral and usually include unusual, irrational and frenzied aggression (if your dog was very shy you may see a increased affection or acute shyness if previously friendly). You may also see lack of co-ordination, seizures and the classic foaming at the mouth. There is no treatment and the disease is always fatal.
Also known as Kennel Cough, this is a highly contagious bacterial infection which affects the respiratory system. Transmitted through saliva or nasal discharge.
Symptoms include runny nose and a lot of coughing and sneezing. Treatment in mild cases can just be supportive and the symptoms go away on their own, but in severe cases or when secondary infections are present (such as pneumonia) antibiotics are used.
Highly infectious viral disease that affects the intestines. Transmitted through feces. Although not common in all regions.
Symptoms - include diarrhea, lethargy, loss of appetite and dehydration. Treatment is supportive and concentrates on treating the dehydration.
bacterial infection that's transmitted by the bite of an infected deer tick. Can affect the heart, kidneys and joints.
Symptoms include swollen joints, apparent pain and lethargy. A 'bullseye' type rash may appear at the site of the tick bite. Treatment is usually a several week course of antibiotics.
Highly contagious viral disease. Can be transmitted through discharge from eyes or nose, through the air, or on shoes, hands etc. Affects the lungs, intestines and brain.
Symptoms include runny nose or eyes, coughing, vomiting and/or diarrhea, lethargy, loss of appetite. Can advance to include partial paralysis or seizures. Only treatment is supportive care such as encouragement to eat, fluid administration and veterinary care for seizures
Highly contagious viral disease which affects the liver. Starts in tonsils, spreads to lymph nodes, bloodstream and liver. Can be transmitted through urine, feces and saliva.
Symptoms are similar to Distemper. Severe cases can progress rapidly and cause sudden death. Treatment is supportive care.
Bacterial disease affecting the urinary system, including liver and kidneys. Mainly transmitted through infected urine or contact with infected rodents.
Symptoms include loss of appetite, vomiting, lethargy, fever. More advanced symptoms include jaundice, increased thirst and dehydration due to frequent urination. Early antibiotic treatment can lessen the severity and/or duration of this dog illness.
Commonly referred to as “trick knees”, Luxating Patella is fairly common in Pugs, and other breeds of small dogs. In simple terms, it is the dislocation of the small movable bone in the knee called the Patella, from the femur where it is normally held in place by ligaments.
Mild and severe cases are differentiated by the Patella falling back into place on it’s own in mild cases. Whereas in severe cases, the Patella will fall out of place frequently, even after being popped back in by a veterinarian. Severe cases cases normally require surgery, not only to correct the problem and relieve pain, but also to prevent the onset of arthritic conditions associated with Luxating Patella. The surgery is delicate and expensive, though frequently successful.
A highly infectious viral infection of the respiratory system. Easy airborne transmission through coughing and sneezing.
Symptoms include a runny nose, cough and fever. Treatment is mostly supportive, with antibiotics being given for secondary infections.
Pug Dog Encephalitis
Commonly called PDE, Pug Dog Encephalitis is as the name implies, unique to Pugs. Little, if anything is known of the causes of PDE, which is essentially an inflammation of the brain. PDE tends to affect young to middle aged Pugs and feature seizure as it’s primary symptom. Lethargy or listlessness and loss of muscle coordination can precede the seizures. Accompanying seizures are several symptoms ranging from aggression to pacing in circles to pressing their heads against objects such as walls and people.
PDE appears to come in two varieties: Slow Progressive and Rapidly Progressing. The Slow Progressive form features seizures that recur in a matter of days, or weeks, where the Pug will, after the seizures, return to normal. Rapidly Progressing PDE features seizures, often more frequently, and disorientation in between seizures. While Phenobarbital can be used to control the seizures, and Corticosteroids can reduce inflammation, there is no cure for PDE and the result is generally the same as PDE progresses. It is important to note however that seizures are not necessarily a sign that your Pug has PDE. Pugs can, like many dogs, have epileptic seizures that can be treated with Phenobarbital and have absolutely nothing to do with PDE. We recommend a PDE Test to be done around 6 months of age.
Is a birth defect found in breeds with short noses including the Pug and is essentially overly soft nasal tissue. When a dog with overly soft nasal tissues breathes, their nostrils collapse, leaving them to breathe through their mouths to get the necessary oxygen. You can identify a dog with SN by noting a foamy discharge when they breathe or excessive breathing through their mouths when they get excited. SN can be corrected through surgery.
Inguinal and Umbilical Hernia's
Most puppies are born or develop Umbilical Hernia's the most common Hernia. Inguinal Hernia is different, however, both can be easily fix during surgery. Hernias are repaired by replacing the herniated (displaced) structures back into their correct position and then suturing closed the abnormal openings. This often requires the use of specialized techniques and long-lasting suture material. These will be sold under "Pet Only", Limited Registration. NO EXCEPTIONS! This does possibly require Spay/Neuter.