Grooming A Pug

Today is National Pug Day! While we love all of our canine companions, pugs do have a certain charm that can really melt hearts. These cute little dogs are sweet, affectionate, and very, very furry. Proper grooming is a must! A Murrieta, CA vet discusses Fido’s beauty care needs below.

Dental Care

Many small breeds are prone to dental issues. Pugs are no exception. Fido doesn’t have much room for the 42 adult teeth most dogs have! Overcrowding is one issue. Your pooch can also be afflicted by abscesses, infections, and/or cracked or broken teeth. Brushing your pup’s teeth is the best way to keep them clean and healthy. Your vet may also recommend dry food, or perhaps giving him doggy dental products, such as dental flakes, dental chews, or oral rinses.


Pugs have very thick fur. In fact, they shed enough to roughly create a whole new dog about every ten days or so. You’ll need to brush Fido regularly. It’s a good idea to get a special brush, one that is made for super-furry pooches. Ask your vet for specific advice.


Fido’s wrinkles are super charming. But, they can trap dirt, dust, and oil. The moist environment in your pup’s skin folds also makes a welcoming habitat for germs. Gently clean your canine buddy’s cute face daily. This won’t take long, especially if you use grooming wipes.

Paw Care

Dogs’ paws are very delicate. Use paw balm or wax to protect Fido’s furry feet, and keep him off hot surfaces in summer. Claw trims are also important.


Pugs have very sensitive skin, and must be bathed regularly. Use a gentle, hypoallergenic pet shampoo. In nice weather, you can bathe your canine pal in a kiddy pool. However, you should never take him swimming.


Pugs have bulging eyes, which are super cute and expressive. However, they are also prone to injuries. Be careful when grooming your furry friend, and take care never to get soap in his eyes. Fido may also get tearstains. Like many small dogs, pugs can get a lot of dust in their eyes, just from being so low to the ground. Use a soft clean cloth and either warm water or a doggy tearstain remover to clean that adorable face.

Do you have questions or concerns about pug care? Contact us, your Murrieta, CA animal clinic, today!

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