I am quite distraught about the young Pugs dying of PDE. This terrible disease has to be rooted out of the Pug population and the only way to do this is to ensure that when buying your puppy you ask questions. You MUST ask the breeder if there is any incidence of PDE in their line. If you dog has died of this disease you MUST tell your breeder, I know they may not be interested but you will have done your bit to inform so that they cannot say that they were not told (put this in writing) it is harder to wriggle out of things if it is in writing. Contact the breed clubs, you will find these online and tell them your story, they may be able to help you find a breeder who has a clean line. There are three diseases that I know about that are prevalent in Pugs, PDE which is being found in America, not a problem in Europe that I know about. Hemivertibrae, and Hip Dysplasia. Now breeders should be checking for that latter, though the incidence is small in Pugs it does happen and though it is checked in larger breeds I have not yet found a breeder in UK checking for this, someone else may know better and I would be happy to know.
As someone who loves Pugs and wants to see healthy and happy dogs and I know everyone here is the same. We must do something to stop these thing happening.
I know that when I was looking for my puppy I had informed myself about the things I needed to know before purchasing him and I made my breeder aware that I knew the problems. I was very lucky with her, she asked me the right questions and I know I can go back to her. I spent the months waiting on Hektor, building a relationship with her. I learned another thing too. Never contact a breeder who has a ready supply of puppies, expect to wait for your puppy, a good breeder will often have a waiting list for puppies.
That's my rant over.

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Comment by Cindy Jencks on September 20, 2009 at 6:51pm
I would think breeders would be dog lovers and care about the pups and not so much the almighty dollar. What a horrible disease to rob a pug of its life just in its prime.
Comment by Helena Brown on September 20, 2009 at 10:59am
Thank you Pam and Pugs for your information. I am sure the people who have posted on here will be very interested. We do not seem to have this problem as yet in the UK but I knew it was out there. One of our friends dogs had a seizure a little while ago, his first, he is six and I wondered if the heat had got to him, it has been unnaturally warm here and poor little Stan feels the least amount, so it was interesting to read about epilepsy.
Comment by Pam & Pugs :0) on September 17, 2009 at 8:19pm
I've heard of those Amish breeders, and I use that term loosely! PDCA is working hard on research, here is a link to our page on PDE http://www.pugs.org/indexhealth.htm To watch a puggy die of this horrible disease is unbearable, I hope and pray we can get rid of unfeeling breeders! :0(
Comment by Helena Brown on September 16, 2009 at 5:10am
Well you did your best Larene, that took real courage and I have to say that just by posting your story on here you may prevent someone having the same thing happen to them. There is not a lot that can be done by the individual with regard to the Puppy Mills/Farms, if the authorities were a bit stronger with regard to animal welfare, we might see some results. The Dog Charities here in the UK tell people what to look for, but still they are duped and left with sick dogs.
Comment by Larene Heilman on September 15, 2009 at 3:37pm
Hi, Good news, I took the girl who bought my Cleo for a drive around Amish country, took three hours, but she finally recognized the farm Cleo came from. I told them about PDE and the fact that it is believed to be inherited, etc. The farmer didn't seem to be worried about future litters and swore that it had never happened before, almost implied it was MY FAULT! At that point I figured we'd better go, I was at that "seeing red point". Guess I do feel a bit better, thanks Helena for the nudge I needed.
Comment by Larene Heilman on September 14, 2009 at 8:58am
I sure agree with Helena! Unfortunately, my pug, Cleo, that died because of PDE came to me in an indirect manner. I have an acquaintance who's girl friend got a pug from an Amish farmer. They are notorious here for breeding pugs. He didn't want the puppy, had a fit and knowing how they live, I was sure they would take her to the local aminal control or worse, abandon it! I told them to take her to the ASPCA, but that was farther away and I know how lazy they are. Such a sweet puppy! I held her for a few minutes, put her down to leave and she followed me to the door. I knew what I had to do, I told them not worry and I took her home. She turned out to be the most loving of any pug I ever had. Didn't want to be too far from me ever. I would surely go tell this awful Amish man about this but the dumb girl friend doesn't seem to remember his name and is not sure how to get back to his farm. Well, enough of my sad story, bad breeders just disgust me!

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