New VetCompass study published which describes the demography and health of Pugs under primary veterinary care in England.
The Pug is an ancient dog breed and was the first most commonly registered UK breed in 2014. It is thought that they are predisposed to several disorders including ocular, respiratory and dermatological problems. This study aimed to characterise the demography and common disorders of the general population of Pugs under veterinary care in England.
During the study period, 1.03% of dogs attending primary care practice in England were a Pug. The most common health problems identified were being overweight or obese, corneal disorders and otitis externa. The most prevalent pathophysiological processes were inflammation and congenital/developmental. Identification health priorities based on VetCompass data can support evidence-based reforms to improve health and welfare within the breed.
O'Neill DG, Darwent EC, Church DB, Brodbelt DC: Demography and health of Pugs under primary veterinary care in England. Canine Genetics and Epidemiology 2016, 3(1):1-12.