Pug Care

Pug CareA pug is ideal for owners who don’t have time for maximum maintenance. While there are important elements of pug care that must be respected, a pug is typically easier to maintain than long hair dogs that need regular grooming and hair clipping.

Feeding a Pug

Pugs are small, which means they don’t need huge quantities of food. Pugs will happily eat wet food, but it’s unnecessary to feed a pug a raw diet. Most of these dogs will be happy to eat a high quality dry food that has a little warm water added to make the food moist.

As puppies, pugs should be fed three times a day, and when they turn six months old, they can easily move to twice a day. Adults pugs can be fed twice a day, but a single portion must be split in half. Feeding a pug two full meals per day is too much, and without exercise, the dog will become overweight.

If you’re unsure what food is best for your pug, speak to the breeder or your vet.

Grooming a Pug

A pug’s hair can be maintained with weekly brushing. The very short hairs are shed throughout the year, not just in the summer, meaning that constant brushing can avoid owners finding hairs all over the carpet and furniture.

Pugs also have claws that grow quickly, and so owners should file or clip them regularly to avoid them becoming painful or uncomfortable. Long nails can also crack.

Cleaning a Pug

A pug’s wrinkled skin, short snout and small ears mean it has very specific cleaning requirements. The ears should be checked on a regular basis, as a build of wax and dirt can cause infections.

Cleaning a pug’s wrinkles is essential, too. This breed has wrinkles all around its eyes, head, nose and mouth – and without cleaning, these wrinkles can become prone to sores and infections. Pugs that are not properly cleaned can also develop an odor that occurs as a result of yeast infections.

These infections will also result in skin becoming flaky, red and sore – but it can be avoided by simply cleaning the skin with a damp cloth or sponge. Using warm water, an owner can clean away dirt and stop these infections from starting. The wrinkles must also be dried after cleaning.

Exercising a Pug

This tiny little dog requires plenty of exercise. As a puppy, you should control your pug’s exercise and avoid long walks and running. At such a young age, this can cause joint problems as your dog gets older.

In adulthood, pugs love exercise. The breed should have two 20-minute walks every day if possible, but any more than that can cause the dog to overheat, particularly if the weather is warm. In the winter, a pug can benefit from a light coat.

During a walk, owners should pay attention to their dogs breathing. Even if a pug is finding it difficult to walk, or beginning to overheat, it will continue walking with its owner. If you hear your dog breathing loudly, it’s time to go home.

For a pug with weight issues, reducing their diet and slowly increasing the amount of time they spend walking will help improve their general health and allow them to go on longer walks.

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