12 Essential Products for Your Pug

Pugs are very high maintenance. They shed like there is no tomorrow. They are prone to skin issues, dental problems and ear infections. But the great news is there are some amazing products on the market that will make your & your pug’s life a whole lot easier. I have compiled a list of 12 essential products for your pug that will be amazing.

Natural Dog Company’s Skin Soother

This has been one of my favourite products that I have for Ref. The Skin Soother is a healing balm. It is a natural antibiotic balm that you can apply topically to cuts, rashes, abrasions, burns, surgical wounds as well as dry, itchy skin. It is a little magical pot of natural goodness that is great to have on hand for those little unexpected cuts and what not that pugs can get. An absolute must have to have at home in the full size tin and a travel size tin to take out and about cause you never know when you might need it.

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PAW by Blackmore’s Gentle Ear Cleaner

This is one of the very first all natural products I bought for Ref. It is a product I have been using every week for quite some time now.The Gentle Ear Cleaner is great for every pug but it is particularly awesome for pug’s who are prone to ear infections and dirty ears. It is a natural solution that you use in each ear that will help loosen debris making it a whole lot easier to clean ears and keep them clean. Clean ears reduces the risk and occurrence of ear infections and we all want that.

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Natural Dog Company’s Wrinkle Balm

I have previously written about the importance of cleaning your pug’s wrinkles and how your pug’s face folds and wrinkles are a breeding ground for bacteria. My next favourite product from Natural Dog Company after the Skin Soother is this Wrinkle Balm. It is an all natural, low scented balm that you can apply to your pug’s wrinkles that will help keep them clean, stink and bacteria free meaning no infections. Happy pug all around.

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Doggy Toothpaste & Toothbrush

Dental hygiene is one of the most important things to keep on top of with your pug. There are a number of effective ways to keep your pugs teeth clean and healthy but none compare to a good ol’ brush. So naturally, a dog friendly toothpaste & toothbrush is a must. As human toothpaste is not designed to be ingested, a dog toothpaste is essential as it is safe to ingest as your pug will be sure to do. Alternatively, go all natural and use some coconut oil instead of toothpaste. A soft bristle human toothbrush will also do them job and will last longer than most doggy toothbrushes. You can pick up doggy toothpaste from your local pet store.

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Organic Cold Pressed Coconut Oil

I love coconut oil cause it has so many amazing benefits for dogs. I have written about why you should include coconut oil in your pug’s diet but it isn’t just great for eating. It is also great to apply topically. It can be applied to your pug’s coat as a conditioner so help give a healthy shine. It can be great to have on hand to apply directly to the skin to help heal cuts, wounds, abrasions, dry skin and more. It can also be used as a natural doggy tooth paste. It tastes good, will help clean those pug teeth and help keep your pug’s breath fresh. An essential to have in the home for countless reasons.

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Natural Dog Company’s Paw Soother

A pug’s paw pad should be soft to touch but with walks on concrete and hard surfaces, whilst good for their nails, is rough on their paw pads. They become dry, cracked and rough to touch. A great solution for keeping your pug’s paw pads soft and moisturised with a balm that is specially designed for them. And that is another great product available from Natural Dog Company. Apply paw soother to your pug’s paws regularly and you will see a dramatic difference in how they look and feel.

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Essential Dog’s Anti Itch Spray

If you have a pug that has itchy paws or skin, then this Anti Itch Spray from Essential Dog is hands down a must. Made from all natural ingredients including essential oils, this spray can be applied to itchy areas and will provide quick relief for your pug. Whilst it is important to find the cause of your pug’s itch and skin irritation, having the Anti Itch spray on hand to provide relief will do wonders. I have watched Ref licking his itchy paws quite a bit and get instant relief after a couple sprays of this amazing product.

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Manuka Honey

Manuka Honey is another great food that can actually be applied topically to your pug’s skin. It is one of the most natural single ingredient items that is antibacterial and great for healing skin wounds like cuts, abrasions and even hot spots. It is also great for cooking homemade treats, like our Banana Pupcakes. If you need to give your pug a tablet, put it in some Manuka Honey and they are bound to swallow that tablet without knowing. The key to choosing a Manuka Honey though is to buy one that has a UMF rating of at least 10+ as it is considered to be therapeutic. Most Manuka Honey sold in supermarkets don’t have a UMF rating so it won’t have any benefits when applied topically. The higher the rating, the better it is. Check out your local chemist or health food store for some top rated Manuka Honey to keep at home. I have Manuka Honey sitting in the cupboard with a UMF rating of 30+.

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Natural Dog Company’s Snout Soother

A pug’s cute little nose can get quite dry but with some Snout Soother, your pug’s nose can look smooth and shiny. Applying some natural nose balm that is safe should your pug try to lick it off their nose will make a great difference in helping keep they happy and healthy. It is also low scented so it won’t irritate your pug’s senses either.

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Essential Dog’s Natural Shampoo & Conditioner

Every pug needs a bath regularly. And not just to keep them smelling nice and clean but to help reduce the amount of pug hair floating around the house. But there are so many different dog shampoo & conditioners on the market that contain harmful chemicals so choosing a natural shampoo & conditioner that is gentle on your pug’s skin is important. My top pick of shampoo & conditioner is any from Essential Dog as they are natural, gentle and smell great so you will have a pug that will look and smell good.

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De-shedding Tool

With pugs shedding so much, grooming tools are essential to keep on top of the loose hair. One of my two must have grooming tools is the Furminator. You can read more about the Furminator here but it is a de-shedding tool that you can use to help remove the loose under from the bottom layer of the coat. I use this once a month at bath time. Any more frequently than once a month can be too harsh on your pug’s sensitive skin.

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Soft Brush

The other essential grooming tool that can be used on a daily basis to reduce the amount of pug hair around the house is a soft brush. My choice is the ZoomGroom. It is a soft rubber brush that is easy to grip and gentle but effective when used daily on your pug’s coat. It also massages your pug whilst removing all that unwanted excess hair.

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Each and everyone of these products I have tried and use on a regular basis. I wouldn’t have another pug without having any or all of these items in the home to help me look after my pug. It is so important to me to be able to give my pug, and future pugs, the best possible life and I know you are all the same. That is why I had to share these 12 essential products for your pug. Do you use any of these products already? Perhaps you have another essential product that pug owners should have at home. Share your thoughts on these products or your favourites in the comments below.

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Kristy Beck

Kristy Beck

Owner & Content Producer at The Pug Diary
Kristy is the founder and editor of The Pug Diary, a photographer and pug mum extraordinaire to Ref + Serina. Kristy has combined her passion for photography with the love of pugs to bring you all of her knowledge of pugs and more to you through The Pug Diary.


  1. Avatar Kasey on September 28, 2018 at 9:12 pm

    Hello there! I am picking up my first ever pug puppy on Monday. I am so excited! Your blog has really helped me out, and I will be getting a lot of these items! Thank you for all of your pug wisdom 🐶

    • Kristy Beck Kristy Beck on September 30, 2018 at 5:14 pm

      You are so welcome Kasey. I’m glad you have found the site helpful. Enjoy every moment with your pug baby.

  2. Avatar Gabi on December 31, 2018 at 3:17 am

    I am a pug owner since 12 years and luckily had never ever a sick dog or problems with the skin, ears, eyes thanks to a very responsible breeder. And yes you can have a healthy long living pug.

  3. Avatar Rita Takhi on July 4, 2020 at 1:11 am

    I have a gorgeous naughty boy named Pugsley. He makes us all laugh & is so good socially.
    The only issue I have is that although we had ‘potty’ trained him & he was doing so well, he’s now reverted back to mainly seeing in the house!!
    He has his own doggy door & now we’re ata loss on what to do. I’ve got a fair size garden & would appreciate any advise. We’ve reverted to trading him again, & do show him when he’s messed & tell him off. Not too harshly,!!!

    • Kristy Beck Kristy Beck on July 4, 2020 at 11:51 am

      If he is healthy and not having accidents inside because of an underlying medical problem then going through the training process again is your best option.

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