If you use water to clean your pug (no matter if it’s part of the body), do not forget to dry it. Water, contrary to what one might think, dries the skin. In the folds of the pug’s face, it can cause irritation that can lead to infections.
Folds and eyes
The cleansing of facial folds should be done daily with soft, dry tissue. Eye cleansing should also be done daily, always with a soft, dry handkerchief. But be careful not to become obsessive. Cleaning these folds too often can become irritating to the dog.
To clean the facial folds of your pug, simply fold the tissue around your index finger and gently slide it into each fold. Repeat the operation until the handkerchief is white after passing between the cleaned fold.
If cleaning is done regularly, one or two passes should be sufficient. If you find that this is not enough, use a mild product (such as a physiological saline solution) to clean properly and then dry the inside of the fold properly.
Make sure to have your nails cut short when doing this, otherwise, you risk injuring your pug in a fold and an infection can quickly develop.
Once a week, you can clean the folds of your pug’s face with a damp tissue or a piece of cotton wool (in a slice, this prevents cotton wool filaments from getting stuck in the fold).
You can moisten it with clear water (if you don’t have too much limestone in your running water) or with saline.
Don’t forget to dry well after that, always with a soft, dry handkerchief. Moisture in a skin fold can be responsible for irritation or, worse, infection. Check this video.
The eyes can also be cleaned once (see twice) a week with a handkerchief or a round of wet wadding in order to take off all the dirt that the tears could have gathered around the eye, towards the eyelids.
Act carefully so as not to irritate the eye of your pug sometimes passing very close to the edge of the eyelid. Take the opportunity to check if the growth of the eyelashes around the eyes is normal and does not touch the cornea of the eye.
There are also natural products available on the market that allow for the proper cleaning of tear flow and minimize the traces that tears can leave your dogs on the hair around the eyes. Just put a little product always on a soft tissue and rub with a lot of gentle eyelids of your pug. Normally, if the eyes are healthy and the grooming is regular, there is no reason that it is not enough.
Also be sure to clean your dog’s ears about once a week, as needed. Check that this is really useful. If the ears are not very dirty, you can just rub gently with a soft, dry tissue.
Most lotions are used in the same way:
- Pour the product in the ear
- Massage the base of the ear a little
- Let the dog shake his head (he does it often before he lets you massage)
- Wipe the product and dirt with a soft, dry tissue
Do not use the product more than once a week and if your dog’s ears are really dirty.
Complete cleaning with clear water
You can wash your dog regularly just with a brush to remove the bulk of the dirt. SI treatment it is very dirty, a simple wet towel or possibly a warm shower (37 C – 38 C) without shampoo or soap on the body (be careful not to pour water directly on the dog’s face) can help clean the bulk of dirt.
Suffice to say that the pug does not need to be brushed, that said, it does not hurt and it’s good for the hair, not to mention that during molting, it can remove the surplus of hair. You can also give him a brush stroke as soon as it is a little dirty (dust, etc.) or just for fun if he likes it.
The real problem is not washing your dog too frequently or not. The fact is that most people do not use a shampoo adapted to the skin of the dog, nor to his hair.
It should be known that the skin of the dog is much more fragile and thin than that of the Man (3 to 5 layers of cells for the dog, facing 10 to 15 layers for the Man). Our PH is 5.5 while that of the dog is 7. Our shower gel and another shampoo “pH neutral 5.5” is acids for the skin of our dear doggies. It’s the same for baby shampoos. A human baby has a PH of 5, which is even more irritating for the dog.
The frequency of the shampoo depends a lot on how your dog lives. If he often goes into the water (which is rare for a pug), if he plays in the ground, if he has a bit longer hair (for a pug crossed, possibly), if you brush him regularly, etc. In any case, as long as you use a suitable shampoo for your dog and he does not suffer from a skin disorder, there should be no problem.
It can happen that, even without being particularly dirty, your pug feels bad. You can wash it with a little mild shampoo in these cases, or wash it with a natural oil mousse. But avoid at all cost perfumes for dogs that are not effective for a long time and that can, in turn, irritate the skin of your dog because of the alcohol often present in perfumes.
But remember that a dog that smells bad is not necessarily a dog that is dirty and/or deserves to go underwater! It may be that your dog suddenly dropped the contents of his anal glands (glands on each side of the anus that allow recognition between animals but can also serve as a defense by escaping by this unbearable smell ). It is therefore useless to wash his dog just because it smells bad, check that it is dirty before passing it in the bath.
Do not forget to thoroughly rinse the shampoo, even if you cannot fight with the little pug that makes you the saddest head in the world. It is important to rinse very well the product which can have a very irritating effect, to see abrasive on the delicate skin of the dog.
Dry your dog after getting wet, to prevent it from getting cold. Do not hesitate to brush it, it helps the hair to dry by taking off the body. Do not stop your dog from shaking after cleaning, it removes most of the moisture and also prevents it from getting too wet.
If necessary, you can use a hair dryer to help dry it, but be careful:
- Do not directly on the face of your dog
- Do not keep it fixed on the same spot of the dog’s body, at the risk of burning it
- Do not use the strongest power of your hair dryer
Regularly monitor the ears, eyes, folds, skin … but also:
The claws of the pug wear out from the moment when he walks regularly on grounds that allow this natural wear. We must keep an eye on his claws when he is small and that he walks little, but also the claw of the ergot (inner and high claw, on the front legs) which is never really worn and grows in spiral which makes that, very often, it is replanted in the paw and incarnates, creating big infections!
It is possible to cut the claws of your dog yourself, provided you have a little finger and patience if the dog is not cooperative, which is rarely the case, especially at the beginning.
For the sake of yourself, know that you will need a pair of scissors specially designed to cut the claws (called “claw cutter”) otherwise, with a pair of nails for humans, for example, you will hurt your dog very badly and he will accept more difficult to renew the experiment.
It should be known that inside the claw of the dog is a vein and nerves. If you use a traditional nail cut, you risk crushing the nerves that are in the claw which is very painful for the animal (also valid in cats, rabbits and others) …
You must, therefore, have a claw cutter with a notch to cut the claw. Hold the dog’s paw firmly while holding his paw and claw with one hand and slide it into the notch of the claw cutter, then cut. If the claw cutter is struggling to cut the claw is that it is not sharp enough and it may be that in this case, it also crushes the claw of your animal. Always have a claw cutter that cuts perfectly, normally it should not withstand.
You do not have to do all the claws every time. Check those that seem a little too long and cut only those, some will wear naturally and will never need to be cut manually.
If you notice that several claws deserve a small cut, again, you can just make one by day for several days. This will allow your dog not to suffer the ordeal too long and, at the same time, to get used to this inconvenience by living it regularly but shortly.
On clear claws, it is easy to see the vein in the claw because the claw is slightly pink where the vein is.
On dark claws, it’s more delicate. Sometimes, lighting the claw with a flashlight, from below while looking on, can see the claw in transparency. Provided that the claw is not extremely black either. If you have a doubt, just cut the best part of the claw and there is almost no risk of cutting the vein.
Generally, a cut of one-millimeter maximum is largely sufficient to remove the surplus without risking to reach the vein. If this happens anyway, do not hesitate to disinfect the small wound and leave your dog alone, there is no point in further martyring him for the moment.
If all this scares you too much, you can also ask a dog groomer or veterinarian to do it for you. But again, do not automatically renew the appointment each month. The claws may not need to be cut from one month to the next.