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One in three pugs has gait abnormalities

A recent Swedish study, published in the Vet Record, indicates that nearly one in three pugs will have gait abnormalities which can be linked to other health issues.

The study suggests that these abnormalities may be more serious than the researchers thought. There is evidence that pugs are prone to numerous orthopedic and neurological issues. For this research, the owners of 2374 pugs registered in the Swedish Kennel Club were questioned. The dogs were between 1 and 8 years old.

Recorded gait abnormalities included lameness, ataxia, weakness, inability to jump or abnormality in wearing the nails on their paws.   pug 698659 1920 I Love Veterinary - Blog for Veterinarians, Vet Techs, Students

Under 31% of the researched pugs showed signs of gait abnormalities. These abnormalities usually started around 2 years of age and in the front legs. Also, the pugs associated with gait abnormalities showed signs of incontinence.

Pugs are a small breed of dogs with brachycephalic heads, with a distinctive wrinkly muzzle. Their lifespan is 12-15 years and they come in a variety of colors such as fawn, black, silver fawn and apricot.

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