Grooming your Pug Helps to Maintain a Healthy, Glossy Coat.
Your Pug's grooming routine begins as soon as you bring him home. Brushing him every day gets him use to being brushed. He soon learns to enjoy it.
Grooming you pet includes bathing, brushing, cleaning the teeth, clipping the nails, and eating natural foods. Feeding your pet a natural diet helps prevent many skin problems.
A diet that includes lamb, beef bones, chicken, brown rice, vegetables, fruits, eggs, yogurt, and cheese help your Pug to maintain a healthy, shinny coat. You can also add a little olive or peanut oil to the food.
Grooming is a necessary daily ritual. Your Pug engages in self-grooming techniques. Sometimes he chews his nails. He cares for his skin by licking and nibbling himself. He also scratches himself and rubs against furniture.
He shakes himself upon waking up from sleep. He uses his teeth and tongue as natural grooming tools. He licks and nibbles his coat to remove debris and parasites.
When your Pug completes this ritual, he rolls around in the grass to massage those areas that he could not reach with either his mouth or paw. Often, he shakes himself to put his coat back in order.
Sometimes, your Pug drags his hind region along the ground. This scooting is his way of cleaning the anal region.
Although self-grooming works to some extent, your Pug needs additional grooming. His very fine, smooth, soft coat needs daily brushing to help control shedding, and to maintain its glossiness.
What grooming equipment do you need?
- Suitable brushes -bath brush, slicker brush, rubber brush, natural bristle brush
- A grooming glove- hound glove
- A natural-ingredient shampoo
- A selection of combs - fine-tooth, tail comb, flea comb
- Cotton balls
- Nail clippers or file
- rubber mat for bath time
- Blow dryer
- Rubber mat
- Super absorbent towels
- Lanolin or petroleum
- Spray hose attachment
- Ear cleaner
When grooming your Pug, always begin the routine by combing through its coat with a fine-tooth comb. This eliminates all of the loose hair and debris. You are then ready to give him a complete brushing.
The Correct Way to Brush your Pug
- Put a collar on your Pug.
- Place your pet on a waist high table.
- Have one hand on his collar. This prevents him from jumping off of the table.
- Tell your pet to “Stand”.
- When he stands still, praise him for its good behavior.
- Using your free hand, start brushing. Work from the head down the body, legs, tail.
Using the hound-glove gives your pet an extra treat. It also massages the skin.
- When you finish with this side, tell your pet to “Turn”.
- Repeat the “Stand” command, and brush the other side, working from head, down the body to legs, and tail.
- As you brush your pet, keep praising him for its good behavior.
- Go over the coat with a piece of velvet cloth. This leaves a shine on the coat.
- Reward your pet with praise and a treat.
Checking your Pug's eyes make sure that they are clear and problems-free. Any damage should be treated by a veterinarian immediately. He may prescribe eye drops for your pet.
During the grooming routine you need to pay special attention to the Pug's wrinkles, keeping them dry and dirt-free. This wards off irritation and infection.
Caring for the nose roll and other wrinkles
It is important to pay special attention the nose roll and eye wrinkles. These should be checked daily for sores and irritation.
- Part the wrinkled area and clean with warm water
- Dry the area thoroughly
- Smear the area with either pure lanolin or petroleum jelly
- Check your Pug's wrinkles every couple of days
Keeping your Pug's ears clean and dry is essential for controlling ear problems. You can discover any wax build-ups early enough, making the removable easy.
Many Pugs loose their teeth at an early age. You should keep your pet's teeth free from tartar. Cleaning the teeth with either a tooth-scraper or with a canine toothpaste work wonders. You can also give it small, hard dental biscuit.
Although its coat is easy to maintain. The Pug sheds profusely. Daily brushing aides in controlling the hair. Your Pug's hair attaches itself to carpet, clothes, car seat, and just about everything. It is also very hard to get up.
Routine brushing keeps the skin and coat in excellent condition. It also gives a chance to inspect you pet. If there is anything out of the ordinary, you can get medication attention.
Caring for the ears
Your pet's grooming routine includes ear care. Using a separate cotton ball for each ear, wipe the ears clean. Separate cotton balls for each ear keeps you from transferring any infection.
After wiping the ears clean, check for any wax build up. Remember, you should never probe into the ear. Probing could cause injury to the canal.
While checking the canal also check for ear-mite,especially if your pet has been shaking his head or scratching at his ears. He may have an ear-mite infestation problem. Also, smell the ear area. If there is an have an unusual odor, he has an infection. He needs treatment for the infestation.
Checking the feet
Make sure that you check your Pug’s feet during his daily grooming. If your Pug does a lot of walking on hard surfaces, its nail may not need clipping very often.
When checking the feet, not only should you look at the nails, but check the pads as well. Make sure that the pads are not cracked. Check to see if there are any foreign debris lodged between the pads.
Nail clipping is an import part of the grooming process. Long nails often create problems. The animal could rip a nail, causing bleeding and if not taken care of, causes an infection.
When clipping the nail, you want to hold the foot in your hand and clip only the ends of each nail. There are nail clippers that are especially designed for dogs. These are easy to use.
Does your Pug have black nails? If so, give special care to identifying the quick. The quick is the blood vessel that run through the center of each nail. Containing nerve endings, it grows close to the nail’s end.
Cutting the quick, causes your pet some pain. The area bleeds, upsetting your Pug. You can speaking in a low soothing tone, calming the animal. Once he is calm , apply potassium permanganate to the area. This stops the bleeding. You can then move to the next nail.
Bathing your Pug often is usually not necessary. Daily grooming helps to keep the Pug clean, and its coat healthy and shinny.
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