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Pug pic sends the internet into a meltdown, but what does it really show us?

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A tweet showing an MRI scan of a pug has divided opinion among dog-lovers. Some say it's the cutest pic they've ever seen, while others think it's absolutely terrifying!

By Ashley Murphy

Published on the 29/01/2020, 13:00, Updated on the 08/02/2021, 13:32

When one Pug-parent decided to take his beloved pet for a check-up, it's fair to say he could never have predicted what would happen next.

The tweet that started it all

After sharing a picture of an MRI scan with his friend, his pet pug sent the internet into meltdown and kicked off a huge debate among the dog-loving community.

Comedian Andy Richter is the man responsible for the original tweet. He wrote:

"My friend's pug went to the vet!"

He also posted the image on Instagram:


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The striking picture racked up over 120,000 likes in one day, with thousands more trying to decide whether it was the cutest thing they'd ever seen or the scariest!

One user tweeted:

"Why does this look like a scan of Darth Vader?" 

Another wrote:

"Great. I'm never sleeping again."

Others saw a different side to the pic, posting: 

"OMG. How cute!"


"Aww. I love baby Yoda!"

As for the pooch behind the pic, she received a clean bill of health following the check-up. 

But while most of the reactions focused on what the pic looks like, one animal specialist believes we should be having a very different conversation.

The experts give their opinion

Dr Rory Cowlam is London-based vet. He wrote:

"[Pug] faces have been shortened due to intensive breeding by humans, unfortunately. They have these massive eyes, bunched up noses… The condition is called brachycephalism."

He goes onto say how brachycephalic dogs can suffer from a range of medical problems, including spinal issues, respiratory issues, and an increased risk of severe eye infections.

Learn more about brachycephalic dogs.

Dr Cowlam believes people should think very carefully before adopting one of these dogs. And if you do decide to offer one of these pooches a home,  make sure you stick with reputable breeders. 

"There are lots of irresponsible breeders out there looking for a quick buck," warns Dr Cowlam.