How to Groom Pugs

If you’re reading this article, then you know that your pug is your best friend! Just like you wouldn’t let your human best friend walk around with unbrushed teeth and ratted hair, don’t let your pug best friend do it either. Like humans, pugs require grooming and care. So let’s go over the steps you need to take to make sure your best friend looks and feels his best. Grooming a pug is actually very enjoyable! Pugs love attention and appreciate being handled by the person they love the most—you! Some grooming tasks are easier and more fun than others, but all are important.


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    Bathe every 3 to 4 weeks. Pugs stay (fairly) clean and generally need no more than one bath every 3 to 4 weeks. Frequent baths can irritate their sensitive skin and dry out their coats. In warmer weather, your pug might need more baths than in cooler weather. You should also keep to a bathing schedule so you are not over- or under-bathing them. Of course, feel free to break the schedule if they get dirty from playing in the mud.
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    Shampoo and condition your pug’s coat during each bath. Remember- Avoid the pug’s head! Water in their ears can lead to infections. If drying/itching occurs after your pug’s bath, use another product. Stay away from using human products on your pug.
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    Dry your pug thoroughly. Use your hand or towel to remove shedding hair. Groomers use a blow dryer on the low and cool setting to dry your pug. This is a good idea that some pug owners use, while others prefer to let their pugs air-dry. Some sources say that leaving your pug wet after their bath can cause fungal infections on their skin and can also ruin furniture. If your pug is especially wrinkly or is prone to allergic reactions, you might want to consider the blow dryer.
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    Clean your pug’s facial folds with a thin, moist washcloth, unscented baby wipe, or cotton gauze. Deep-wrinkled pugs may require daily wrinkle cleaning. Be sure to dry the area after cleaning to avoid infections or fungus. If your pug is prone to infections, medications can be prescribed by your vet
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    Look at your pug’s belly, armpits and under the tail during grooming to check for rashes. Some pugs are prone to contact allergies from grass, even in your own back yard. If your pug develops a rash, ask your vet for ways you might treat it since rashes develop from so many things—from food to backyard allergens.
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    Check your pug’s ears frequently and gently remove any wax buildup with a thin, soft cloth or cotton gauze. We don’t recommend using cotton swabs since it is very easy to hurt your pug with them. If there is excessive wax, or if you notice a foul odor, speak to your vet about prescribing an ear wash or drops. If the buildup is brownish-red, it is yeast; talk to your vet when this happens.
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    Brush your pug’s teeth using a pet toothbrush and a dog-safe paste. You can start getting a pug used to teeth brushing by putting some peanut butter on your finger and rubbing their teeth and gums. Once the pug accepts this cleaning ritual, it is time to work up to doggie toothpaste (which often smells and tastes like chicken!). Lift the cheek flaps to get the back teeth.
    • Some pug owners prefer to use the soft rubber “finger gloves” (which fit over the index finger) when brushing teeth. A local vet tech suggests saving the used toothbrush heads from Sonicare or electric toothbrushes, and using those for your dog’s teeth. Whatever works is what is best for you and your pug! The important thing is to do it. If you brush your pug’s teeth regularly, it will become easier for both you and your pug.
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    Note whether your pug scoot his/her bottom along your carpet, the driveway, or the grass in the park. This usually doesn’t mean worms; instead it often indicates full anal sacs. Some pugs need their anal glands expressed (squeezed by hand) regularly. Most of us really don’t even want to learn how to do this for a couple of reasons—mainly because it smells horrible—so we take our pugs to the groomer.
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    Deal with any excessive shedding. Let's face it: Pugs shed! If your pug has an excessive shedding problem, there are a few different ways to deal with it. For example, a good rub-down with a rubber glove every day can help. Using a de-shedding brush or tool such as a Furminator to finish removing excess hair when your pug is dry can help with her shedding problem. Groomers offer a bath and brush-out, which helps thin a pug’s coat more than one would think.


  • Our pugs rely on us to help keep them healthy and happy. While some of these grooming steps are easily done at home, many pug owners take their pugs to the groomer or vet instead for the more involved tasks. Most local groomers will bathe, clean ears and facial wrinkles, express anal glands, and trim nails for a very reasonable fee. Even if your pug doesn’t like every single one of these steps, she will get more accustomed to regular grooming over time and will even come to enjoy it!


  • Don't wash too regularly, otherwise you may irritate your pugs skin! Otherwise, happy grooming!

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