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We as breeders have done all that is possible to ensure that your new pug baby is in good health at the time of delivery.  It is VERY IMPORTANT to your new baby's health that you provide all necessary preventive vaccinations, required worming, provide a healthy diet, regular veterinary care, and adequate living conditions.


NEW OWNER is responsible to provide immediate medical care throughout your puppy's lifetime at the first signs of illness, injury, or distress.  Failure to do so is considered neglect and nullifies any rights under this agreement. 


NEW OWNER is solely responsible for all medical expenses incurred.  Adding a puppy as a family member is just that - EXPANDING YOUR FAMILY - and he/she is entitled to prompt medical care as well as annual vaccinations, worming, and heartworm prevention and at least a yearly health check by your animal care specialist.  Just like children, puppies can and will get sick at the least opportune time and can go from being healthy to needing medical care rapidly. Puppies are still babies at 8 or 9 weeks of age and MUST be closely supervised to ensure that they are not overdoing their exertions (providing a quiet nap-time is a good idea), and eats/drinks in adequate amounts.  There is too much outside stimulation in puppy's new environment and like a young child, they are not capable of determining these things solely by themselves.   


NEW OWNER is required to have their new family member examined by a licensed veterinarian within 48 hours of delivery.  We, the breeders, must be notified within two days by email or fax the results of this examination. If neither form of communication is possible, notification by phone followed by written results mailed via the US Postal Service will be fine.  Failure to do so will nullify this health guarantee. 


Your new puppy is guaranteed against LIFE ALTERING & FATAL GENETIC defects for the period of one year from his or her birth.  If a genetic defect of this nature is found within that time frame and is verified by a second veterinarian of our choice, a replacement puppy of like value will be provided as soon as one is available.  Replacement puppy may or may not be from the same set of parents but will be mutually agreed upon by both parties. This does not include internal, external parasites and/or kennel cough.  Also excluded is what is considered common and normal to these breeds:  cherry eye, entropian, "loose" hips, skin allergies, elongated soft palate, and steno tic nares.  THIS AGREEMENT DOES NOT COVER INJURY OR ILLNESS! 


IF A LIFE ALTERING OR FATAL GENETIC DEFECT is verified as described here within, the puppy will be replaced as follows:


  • PUPPY with said defect must be returned to the seller in good condition, other than the specified problem at the BUYER'S EXPENSE.  Proper registration paperwork and a signed transfer form must accompany puppy.


  • IF PUPPY as been bred, spayed, neutered or euthanized without breeder's prior permission, no replacement will be provided.


  • PUPPY GUARANTEE applies only to the owner purchasing said puppy directly from us, the breeders, and is not transferable to a second party.


  • Show and/or breeder quality, animal size, color and temperament of puppy is NOT GUARANTEED.  We will do our best to provide you with a loving, well-natured, puppy of your desired color but new owner must understand that color and size is not ultimately predictable.  Suitability for showing and/or breeding can not be absolutely determined until said puppy is close to becoming an adult and is not guaranteed.  Again, we will do our best to match the best puppy with you.


  • IF PUPPY dies, despite proper medical treatment provided in a timely manner from onset of  symptoms, within one year from his or her date of birth, a necropsy must be performed at owner's expense to determine if the cause of death was from a covered genetic issue.  This report must be in writing and verified by a second licensed veterinarian to qualify for replacement.  We, the breeders, must be notified IMMEDIATELY if this situation occurs. 


  • NEW OWNER is responsible for shipping costs of replacement puppy to their location.

Failure to fulfill all conditions and terms stated within renders this contract null and void.  A signed copy of this contract MUST be returned to us, the breeders, within a 2 week period of purchasing and receiving your puppy.  Failure to do so will render this contract null and void. 


There will ABSOLUTELY be no cash refunds.


In the unlikely event that legal litigation were to ever be necessary, the buyer agrees that any such litigation will take place solely in King County, Washington and new owner agrees with this condition by purchasing a puppy from us.


Thank you for purchasing your new family member from TRACIE’S PUGS OF DES MOINES, and I wish you many years of health and happiness together.

Important Note:  Never give a pug Leptospira Bacterin in a shot. In most pugs this will cause an allergic reaction making your pug swell up like a balloon and it could even be fatal. This includes Puggles.  Always keep some Benadryl Tablets around the house when giving vaccines of any kind just in case.  A full size pug of 20 lbs can have one tablet.  Smaller dogs I would give only half.  Always get the tablets that can be broken in half.  We didn't give any shots that have Leptospira Bacterin (Lepto). We only give our pups a 5 and 1 shot. The shot does not have Lepto in it.  If your dogs shows signs of an Allergic Reaction to any vaccine, the Benadryl will help.  If the reaction is severe or your pet has difficulty breathing, get your dog to a vet as quickly as possible.  Your dog could go into Anaphylaxis which is a condition that shuts down all of your pets vital systems and can kill them.   

Health Problems Found in Pugs

This is the list of health problems that have been reported in pugs that can have a genetic nature. 


The following disorders are found in pugs.  They are too broad in possible causes to qualify for a refund or replacement, but please notify me of any of these problems so the American Kennel Club Genetic Registry can be notified and more research can be conducted.


Heart Disease- is a broad category of conditions both congenital and acquired that affects how efficiently the heart is able to pump blood. Signs of heart disease can include exercise intolerance, poor growth, weight loss, chronic cough, a pot bellied appearance, and even fainting episodes. Many heart problems can be detected on physical exam. A complete workup for heart disease can include radiographs, ECG, blood work, and even ultrasound.


Hypothyroidism -is a decreased production of thyroid hormone. Hypothyroid dogs are frequently overweight, have poor hair coats, irregular heat cycles and poor fertility. Hypothyroidism is diagnosed by measuring thyroid hormone levels in the blood.


Laryngeal Polyps- are small benign masses that grow on irritated vocal cords. They can be a sequelae to an elongated soft palate or airway obstruction. They are best observed under anesthesia.


Liver Disease- is a broad category of conditions affecting the liver. Signs of liver disease can include poor growth, weight loss, vomiting, diarrhea, jaundice, a pot bellied appearance, and even seizures. A complete workup for liver problems can include blood tests, radiographs, ultrasound, and biopsies.


Pigmentary Keratitis- is the development of a brown film (pigment) over the clear cornea of the eye. It can be readily detected with a bright light and a little practice. Pigmentary Keratitis can be the bodies response to toughen the cornea in the face of irritation such as Entropion, Distichiae, injury or lack or tears. In mild cases the pigment is laid down on the cornea only at the location of the injury or irritation. Mild Pigmentary Keratitis may resolve when the irritation is corrected. Severe Pigmentary Keratitis is when the eye hyper-responds to an irritation and proceeds to pigment an area of the cornea larger than has been directly irritated or injured. Severe Pigmentary Keratitis can proceed to blindness, and improves very little when the source of irritation is removed.



Pug Dog Encephalitis (PDE) - is a fatal seizure disorder exclusive to the Pug. The exact cause has yet to be found. Dogs with PDE can exhibit seizures, progressive paralysis, periodic blindness, coma, and sudden death. The disease can be rapidly or slowly progressive. Some dogs even have temporary remissions. Dogs with PDE usually fail to respond to anticonvulsant therapy and progress to coma and death or elective euthanasia when symptoms are uncontrollable. To date, the only completely accurate diagnosis is postmortem examination of the brain. A tentative diagnosis of PDE is supported by ruling out other possible diseases, a characteristic white blood cell profile in cerebral spinal fluid that is seen in some PDE cases, or by magnetic resonance imaging of the brain.


Renal Disease - is any disorder affecting kidney function. Dogs with chronic renal disease may drink a lot of water produce large amounts of dilute urine; have weight loss, vomiting, and ulcers. Dogs in acute renal failure may stop drinking and produce little to no urine. A complete workup for renal disease can include blood tests, urinalysis, and kidney biopsies.


Seizure Disorders- are any disease that can produce seizures. This includes Porto systemic shunts, Pug dog Encephalitis, hydrocephalus, and idiopathic epilepsy, high temperatures, poisons (including medications (and overmedicating), some foods and insecticides such as weed & feed), environmental concerns, head injuries.   Pugs tend to have a lower “seizure threshold than most dogs. The administration of certain common drugs such as Ace Promazine or the brief oxygen deprivation can induce seizures in normal Pugs. Seizures can vary in form from a blank stare to a behavioral quirk, a muscular tick to a complete convulsion. A complete workup for seizures can include blood tests, a cerebral spinal fluid tap, and CT or MRI scans. Be aware that inner ear infections and allergies can cause stroke-like and or seizure like symptoms. PLEASE NOTE THAT VERY FEW PUG SIEZURES ARE ACTUALLY CAUSED BY PUG DOG ENCEPHALITIS.




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