Pug Problems: Taking Care of the Pug Ears
Pug’s cute little fold-over ears make a great hiding place for dirt, grime, and who knows what else. Pugs can easily get ear infections due to their narrow ear canals, so it is very important to keep your Pug ears nice, dry and clean. The one thing you don’t want to have inside your Pug’s ears is an ear infection. Infections hurt and itch, and your Pug may be scratching and rubbing to alleviate the discomfort. If it’s really bad, he scratches them so hard that they bleed! You certainly don’t want your Pug to suffer when you can easily take care of the problem with regular cleaning.
Use a soft tissue or a cotton ball (never use Q-Tips) to wipe the pug ears clean. If you use Q-Tips they can cause more harm than good to your pug. This is because dogs tend to move around a lot during cleaning and it would not be good for your little pug friend to get poked in the wrong way with Q-Tips. If your Pug starts shaking his head a lot or scratching his ears, it is time to give the ears some extra attention. Also, if your Pug’s ears start to smell funny, you should talk to your vet since this often is a sign of some kind of fungus or infection.
Last but not least, if your Pug has a tendency to get ear infections you probably have some old eardrops at home – don’t use them (unless you cleaned the bottle really well and kept it in the refrigerator) By using old eardrops you can actually make the infection worse.
Given that dogs do tend to move around a lot, it is OK if you never learned to clean pug ears. Usually dog groomers will have package grooming deals that includes bath, clean ears and cut nails. If they do not I am sure they will sell them separately. It might be a good idea to get all three of these things done bi-weekly.
Quick-Tip: The insides of pug ears should be pink not red. Redness is a sign of ear infection. A brown or black waxy buildup down inside the ear canal accumulates and sends off a very earthy, but somewhat nasty, odor. It’s your cue to enter your Pug’s ear, stage left (or right), and clean up the act.