The Lifestlye Blog of "HaM"
Let me introduce you to one of our family members. He is our original baby before the boys were born. His name is Hamlet, also known as “Hammy”. Hammy is a fawn pug who just turned 4 two weeks ago! We used to take him to “pug meets” and he always had mommy’s lap whenever it was available. We brought Hammy home when he was just 10 weeks and he has been a part of our family ever since.
Lately, Hammy has not been feeling well so he visited the veterinarian.
His symptoms included defecating in the home and incontinence. His hind legs seemed to be dragging a bit more than usual and progressively getting weaker. We took him to the vet with an idea that there may be something serious, but was hoping it might have been some sort of infection, but boy were we wrong.
Hamlet had four x-rays taken and it was discovered that he has spinal arthritis and has a malformed vertebrae near his tailbone. I was shocked that a 4 year old pug can have arthritis but it looks like it will be a lifelong condition. We are starting him on pain medication for the next two weeks to control the inflammation and will meet back with the doctor to see how he responds. We will be referred to a spinal specialist if surgery is an option, but for now, we are just dealing with the fact that he has this condition and will love his life differently than we had imagined. I lost my childhood pug who was 13 a couple years back and it was one of the most devastating moments of my life. I can’t imagine losing another one so soon, but for the moment, we are going to make him as comfortable and happy as possible.
Hammy has been here for just 4 years but he has been gracious and loving to both of my children. Here are pictures of him “warming” my baby bump. He just actually loves to snuggle. What a cutie.
I will keep you updated but if any pug lovers or pug dog owners have any advice on this, please let us know. I have never had experience with a pug with spinal problems and my old pug was put down from an enlarged heart. Both my husband and I are heartbroken, but we need to be strong for our children and will try our best to be positive. We’ll leave you a picture of Hammy from Christmas!