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What we see as the adorable squishy face of our pugs is actually a breeding ground for bacteria. Yep, those cute little face folds can get really disgusting. That is of course unless you clean their wrinkles regularly.
Cleaning your pug’s wrinkles is so important because moisture, loose hair, dirt and debris can get caught in them. And if let to build up, it will cause an infection in their folds. Nobody wants that. So what signs will your pug show that their wrinkles are irritated? They will rub their face on any surface they can from furniture to their paws and even the carpet. Their skin will become red, inflamed and the fur will become very fine. When this happens, you need to clean your pug’s wrinkles.
It’s quite easy to clean their wrinkles but care must be taken. You can buy medicated wipes for cleaning their folds but you can also do it with a few simple household items. You can use a clean gentle cloth or cotton pad with some warm water to gently clean the skin. Alternatively, baby wipes are great too. Just make sure they are unscented and do not contain alcohol. And if your pug has very sensitive skin, then avoid using them.
When you clean your pug’s wrinkles, all you need to do is gently separate the skin of the folds and wipe carefully through the wrinkle. Once you have done this, I recommend very gently dab the fold with a clean dry cloth or tissue to make sure there is no moisture left in the fold. Excess moisture from cleaning with water and/or baby wipes can also cause irritation and lead to infection.
What do you do should your pug’s wrinkles become irritated? You should take them to your vet to find out what type of infection is occurring. Yeast build up is common in pugs wrinkles as well as their ears, paws and other parts of their skin. Your vet can recommend a course of treatment. For other types of infections, antibiotics can be given either orally or in the form of a cream.
Depending on your pug’s wrinkles, how many they have and how prone they are to getting dirty, you may need to clean your pug’s wrinkles once a day. For others, it may just be twice a day. But at the very least it should be once a week. And after bath time and/or swimming, be sure to dry your pug’s wrinkle properly to avoid moisture building up and causing irritation.
From experience, irritation of the wrinkles is not pleasant for your pug. After having to clean Ref’s nose folds twice a day to help clean out debris from a yeast infection, his fold under his right eye became irritated from too much moisture. Now whilst nothing replaces the advice and care from a vet, I did use Natural Dog Company’s Skin Soother on his fold as it is a natural organic healing balm that is perfect for a range of things including bacterial, yeast & fungal infections, hot spots, dry & itchy skin, surgical recovery, wounds, cuts, burns, rashes and abrasions. This Skin Soother prevented a trip to the vet after applying 3 times in 24 hours to dramatically reduce the irritation, almost looking as though there was never a problem. I will continue to apply the Skin Soother until I can see the irritation is completely cleared up.
So keeping on top of cleaning your pug’s wrinkles will help to keep them happy & healthy. And don’t forget it’s not just their nose folds but also and wrinkles that appear on their forehead or any other part of the body. Regular cleaning and keeping the folds dry will keep your pug happy, and your wallet fuller.
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