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While Shelby was at the vet getting her lump checked out, Steven asked about dental care. Our thinking was that if Shelby had to be anesthetized for some other procedure, that we might as well get her teeth cleaned as well. Despite the numerous Greenies, chew toys, brushings, and flossy rope (shown above) she still has tartar buildup near her gumline.

The vet said that Shelby is probably good for another 6 months before she needs her teeth professionally cleaned.

May 20, 2005 | Permalink


I've had pugs for years, and they do tend to suffer from tartar buildup, despite all the chews in the world. They also have very shallow gumlines, so I'm glad to hear that you are paying attention to her dental health. Aren't pugs the most wonderful little people?

Posted by: Traci | May 20, 2005 8:17:56 AM

My pug, Lucya, just received her second set of puppy shots and she had an allergic reaction to it. Her little face swelled up and I had to bring her back to the vet and have her take dog "Benedryl". Has anyone else had this happen to their pug?

Posted by: chon | May 21, 2005 10:04:54 PM

My Pug, Kaia, is the same age as Shelby - give or take a few weeks, and she also had an allergic reaction to her first shots. They can give them Benedryl before the shots on the next ones. Kaia is also allergic to bee stings. We spent a lot of time at the doggy ER when she was a puppy. Its scarey to see them swell up - I couldn't even see Kaia's eyes!

Posted by: Claire | May 22, 2005 10:35:25 AM

Despite a lot of chews (even the enzyme treated ones), our pug Roscoe had pretty bad tartar and really, really bad breath! All the worse since he licks himself like a cat. Phew!

But it wasn't until he was 3 years old and we switched vets that he had his first teeth cleaning. He had some loose teeth, which they were going to remove when he was under, as well.

One loose tooth lead to another, and when the poor puggie came out, he only had 6 teeth left! Poor little guy. He still likes to "gum" his chews and he really likes the wet food he gets now that he has almost no teeth!

Posted by: Rick | May 23, 2005 12:38:52 PM

My name is Shelby and I own a pug named Prince Charming. When Prince was about 4 months he got some shots and developed a reaction, a lump in the back of his neck. I had to eventually get the lump removed since it never resoveld, then had to get it removed again when it re-accumulated. Maybe it's a pug thing?
Prince eats an all raw diet, so cleaning his teeth is actually a real priority for me. Soft foods tend to accelerate plaque build up, so by 2yrs his breath was abysmal and he had a lot of plaque. We brush his teeth every day when I brush mine! Puppycat on Divisadero at Page Street in the city has a guy who does anethesia-free teeth cleaning for like 60 bucks! This is very important for pugs since they are very high risk during anesthesia and an inexperienced vet anesthetizing a pug can very easily kill them (I know of THREE horror stories with dead pugs after simple operations!). They are AMAZING at Pets Unlimited in San Francisco. We still drive in an hour, they are just that good!

Posted by: Shelby | Jun 6, 2005 6:26:38 PM

hi i just had to put my pug down a couple of weeks ago and we are looking for two dogs now .where would be a good place to look?

Posted by: tracy carl | Sep 13, 2005 7:12:06 AM

Oh, I'm so sorry about your pug.

We had very good luck with the newspaper classified, and I followed up with phone calls. I searched online for local pug breeders but didn't find very many. Plus, they all seemed to be expensive show dogs pups.

If you ask a lot of questions, you should be able to tell if they a responsible breeder. Definately ask if there is at least a 1 year health guarnantee, and what the options would be if the puppy had a genetic disorder. Ask about the health of the parents and grandparents of the puppy. Check for inbreeding. And make sure the breeder is every bit as choosy about you as you are about the puppy.

Posted by: Winnie | Sep 13, 2005 7:24:53 AM


This a a serious tear jerker! It is sad how true it is though.

Posted by: Jennifer Maleki | Sep 22, 2005 4:37:48 PM

Shelby might not brush her teeth after 6 months. Incase she doesn't what would you do? Take her to the dentis again?

Posted by: Keith | Feb 18, 2006 12:48:27 PM

I just took our pug, Raisin, in for her booster shots. She too had an allergic reaction. Her little face swelled up so much I thought it might pop! Her little bug eyes were swollen shut! I was scared to death! Took her right to the vet and got a shot of Benedryl and some sort of steriod. She was looking better in no time.

Posted by: Janet | Apr 19, 2006 1:51:37 PM

Hi, Our Pug Bianca is 5 months old and she is currently changing her teeth. She has not been eating well, like she did before. We have tried everything, changing food, adding soft food, moistening her current food, but the situation does not seem to improve. Does the changing teeth situation have anything to do with this?

Posted by: Joe | Apr 29, 2006 9:02:08 PM

I don't recall there being a strong association with the adult teeth coming in and a loss of appetite with Shelby. However, I do remember that she went through a phase where she stopped being interested in her kibble. We switched to a different kibble, and now she loves it.

Posted by: Winnie | Apr 29, 2006 11:03:32 PM

I, too, have had complications with the shots my pug Daisy has received. Does anyone know if there is a natural alternative that doesn't cause a reaction? Are these shots still worth giving when you take into account the risk of a reaction?

Posted by: bbhaugz | May 23, 2006 3:28:06 PM

I have a 5month old Pug named Daisy. Apparantly the other night she must have been bitten by something outside (spider, ant, etc.) b/c her poor little wrinkly face was so swollen...first her eyes and the couldn't see and they got all red and runny, then her nose then her mouth and gums. I called the emergency vet center and they told me to give her 12.5 mg children's benadryl every 4 hours-her initial medicine was given @ 12:30am and by 4:30am most of the swelling had gone done. Even better, by 7 am she was almost completely better (a little puffy, but nothing close to what she looked like before). Scary, but baby Benadryl was awesome-keep it inhome at all times!

Posted by: melissa | May 25, 2006 8:13:12 AM

I have a two year old pug that has never had a dental cleaning. I have noticed that there is no tartar build up. Should I go ahead and schedule a dental cleaning? I just do not want to put him under without having a real need to do so.

Posted by: Michael | Jan 10, 2009 12:19:29 PM

A good vet would not allow an unnecessary dental cleaning. My pug is 3.5 years old now and the vets says he does nopt need a dental as his teeth are still good although we do see a bit of tar tar but not too bad. Thanks to his skin issues, we only feed him dry kibble and nothing else so his teeth are in good shape.

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