Posted 10-03-2003 at 12:40:44
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There are more reasons than mange (and there are
different types of mange) for hair loss. Ringworm also
causes patches of hair loss and looks mangy. Mind
you ring worm is quite contagious so you are right to
take this to your vet.
With regards to breeding your pug there are many more
issues to consider when looking at the quality of
1. Is she conformationally correct? Is she a good
representative of the breed - has she been proved in
conformation competition or evaluated by an
experienced pug fancier?
2. Has she been OFA'd? Small dogs especially can
suffer from luxating patellae which is inherited. CERF
certification is good too since all breed suffer from
inherited eye problems like PRA (progressive retinal
3. Has her line had problems with genetic
predispositions of the breed? For instance, pugs can be
born with a spinal defect called a hemivertebra that
causes malformation of the spine and paralysis. She
may not have the disease but does she have the gene?
4. Do you have the money for her prenatal physical,
stud fees, vet checks while she's pregnant and vet fees
for delivery and post delivery? If the mom suffers
complications and is unable to nurse the pups will you?
If the pups are ill or deformed will you be able to
euthanize them? If the mom needs a c-section do you
have the money for it?
5. Do you have a reserve list of people waiting for
pups? Do you have an application and screening
system for people interested in your pups? If you can't
sell them what would you do with them? Do you have
room to raise these animals yourself?
Can't think of other considerations at the moment.
Remember, the HSUS (Humane Society) estimates that
we kill 5million dogs and cats in shelters in the US
every year. So bringing more pups and kittens into the
world is not a decision to be taken lightly.
JMO of course.