Researchers in a recent study reported that pugs appear to have "gait abnormalities" (aka walk a little funny) and that these abnormalities increase with age.
How can pugs be ANYTHING but cute?
Seriously though, it's important to know characteristics ascribed to certain breeds, as pet parents.
Something that may look like an abnormality, may be typical for a select group.
Also, what may appear to be as a defect or a structural problem, may have ZERO impact on how a dog actually feels, and whether or not he/she has pain.
I have seen very atypical radiographs yet...the animal was fine.
Know YOUR pet and know his/her breed(s).
No two pets are the same.
Even if they are of the same breed.
Even if they come from the same litter.
When in doubt as to what may or may not be an issue in your pet's function, though, please seek professional advisement. If there IS a problem, the sooner you address it, the better (& ultimately less costly) for everyone.
These are my friends, Biscuit & Bonnie! Go check them out on Instagram.
And take your dog out for a walk!
Rohdin C., et al. High prevalence of gait abnormalities in pugs. Vet Rec. 2018 Feb.