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The Basics of Pug Grooming

Pet parents who have pugs as part of their family knows that their little pug baby is a heavy shedder. Their short hair can be found everywhere including clothing, furniture, carpet, bedding, and even in the car. To minimize shedding, frequent brushing of their double coat is recommended. Many pet parents prefer to take care of their pug’s basic grooming needs at home. Since pugs love attention, most pugs will learn to enjoy all of the adoration and affection they receive during their grooming time with their pet parent. Here are some basic grooming procedures for pugs.

Shampoo and Conditioning – Shampoo and condition your pug’s hair with products made specifically for dogs. People have a different PH balance; shampoo and conditioner used for humans can dry out your pug’s skin and cause irritation, itching and discomfort. Wash your pug thoroughly, carefully avoiding their big beautiful eyes and their cute little ears.

Drying Your Pug – Use a large, absorbent, soft towel to soak up water and moisture on your pug. Since pugs have facial folds and wrinkly skin, using a blow drying that is placed on a cool, low setting is recommended to reach in between the skin folds and crevices. If moisture remains in between the facial folds, it can cause infection and a smelly odor.

Clean Ears – Cotton gauze is recommended for cleaning your pug’s ears. Gently remove wax buildup using the cotton gauze and ear cleaner that has been recommended by the veterinarian. Be careful not to poke the inside of the ear while cleaning. If you notice dark discolored ear wax, this is a sign of infection and possible ear mites. Bring this issue to the attention of the veterinarian for treatment.

Trim Nails – Keep your pug as calm as possible and gently hold their paw in one of your hands. Use specialty nail clippers that are specifically made for dogs and can be found at local pet stores or online. Carefully trim the tip of each nail, using the guide that is usually provided with the nail clipper set. Pugs have dark black nails that make it difficult to see the quick. Trimming small portions of the nail using the measuring feature on the nail clippers is recommended, minimizing the chance of affecting the quick. Nails that are trimmed two short can nick or cut-into the quick and cause bleeding and pain for your pug. Keeping styptic powder close during the nail trimming process is wise. Styptic powder relieves pain, stops bleeding and is anti-bacterial.

Brush Teeth – Brush your pug’s teeth with a rubber finger glove that fits over your index finger or a pet toothbrush. Lift your pug’s cheek flaps to reach the back teeth. Use dog-safe toothpaste; your pug might enjoy the taste, since most have a chicken scent and flavor. Gently brush your pug’s teeth and along the gum line to avoid plaque buildup. If gums are red and swollen, it is possible your pug may have gingivitis. Have your pug checked out by your veterinarian to pursue options on how to treat and cure gum disease.

Clean Facial Folds – Use an unscented baby wipe or thin moistened wash cloth to carefully clean in the crevices of your pug’s facial folds. Clean the area gently and carefully, removing any buildup. Deep wrinkles may require frequent or even daily cleanings depending on their activity level and exposure to the outdoors. Always dry the facial folds and crevices completely to avoid bacteria buildup, fungus or infection occurring.

Grooming and caring for your pug from a young age allows them to become familiar with their grooming experience. Frequently touching their paws and nailbeds will convince your pug that this is a normal everyday occurrence, so when it’s time to trim his nails, he won’t be so fearful and it will make the delicate procedure go smoothly.

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