Keep your Pug & your home smelling sweet
Pugs do have their own peculiar smell but they shouldn’t stink!
Pug odours have been described as cheesy, corn chips, bread, biscuity to name some.
Ours I think smells like a slightly stale garibaldi biscuit.
Your Pug’s odour should be pleasant, if it is nasty or too pungent he either needs a bath or something is not right.
What can cause your Pug to smell?
Odour from your Pug’s face could mean infected wrinkles. Anyone that owns a Pug should know that those Pug wrinkles need to be cleaned, especially the big fold above the nose.
It’s not uncommon for Pug’s to have wrinkle problems so make sure your Pug has a beauty regime. A sign of problems apart from smell will be your Pug rubbing his face on carpets and furniture trying to get to that sweet itch spot.
Skin, hair, bits of your Pug’s food, (we know Pug’s are messy eaters) and all sorts can build up here. Wipe it out thoroughly with a damp cotton pad using just water or salt water. Make sure you don’t leave it wet, this can cause infection, you will be surprised at what comes out of that Pug fold!
Natural Dog company make organic natural dog products perfect for your Pug dog. They have been made with our wrinkly faced friends in mind as they have a Wrinkle balm and skin soother. We use both on our Pug for his wrinkles and any small injury or bite. (We use them on us too).They also make great Pug gifts for your Pug owning friends, or any dog. Natural dog company products are extremely good value for money as well.
A lot can be stored in those little Pug lugs. Make sure you clean them regularly to avoid infection and a trip to the vet. A couple of times a week give them a good wipe out, we use Natural animal solutions ear clear (they do a great eye clear as well which we use EVERY day)
Your Pug’s teeth and gums need to be checked. Kibble isn’t enough to keep your dog’s teeth clean. A good diet is essential to keep your Pug’s gnashers and the rest of him healthy. As with humans diet plays an essential part in your Pug dog’s overall health.
Don’t just feed him tins and kibble off the shelf unless they are the best quality. A lot of kibble is too high in carbohydrates so starches and sugars, not good for weight or teeth.
There are big debates on feeding your dog raw (more about that later) we are advocates for it.
Raw bones will help your Pug’s teeth, we find small beef brisket bones the right size and often give them in place of supper on a Sunday when we have been to the beach. We actually get taken to the fridge by Ziggy on returning from any beach trip as he is convinced it’s bone day.
Yep your Pug’s anal glands could need squeezing. If the smell is coming form your Pug’s curly tailed botty you may have to don the rubber gloves or take a trip to the vet.
The anal glands can become infected if they are not emptying naturally. If you have a dog groomer they may be able to check your Pug’s anal gland and squeeze it if necessary.
Bathing your Pug could need to be done every week up to every 3 weeks. We get Ziggy professionally groomed every 4 weeks and generally have to wash him at least once in between, depending on what he has rolled in, he is a grub Pug!
It also deals with the toenail issue! Our Pug does not like his toenails being clipped, from speaking to others this seems to be a common Pug trait. If we try and clip our Pug’s toenails he squeals and struggles as if we were trying to chop his foot off!
It is surprising how strong a small Pug dog is, yet he behaves perfectly (well nearly) for our dog groomer. I’ts $25 every month or so and worth every cent.
Make sure you brush your Pug’s coat regularly, not only will it reduce (slightly) the amount of hair in the house, it helps to keep a dog’s skin in good condition. I’t a bit like a massage, it’s also a good way to give your Pug a good check over for fleas, ticks and other insect bites.
We have found natural shampoos work best Ziggy is a sensitive soul and his skin doesn’t react well to harsh shampoo’s
So we have covered the most common causes of Pug odour. Addressing these can resolve that stinky Pug smell but if you are concerned about anything do take your Pug to the vet and get him checked out.
Here’s to a subtle cornchip, frito, biscuity, bread smelling Pug, oh and gentle snoring, all the comforting sounds and smells of home!