It should first be noted that if your Pug is suffering from an unknown skin condition or ailment that you believe could be treated with a medicated shampoo, you will want the veterinarian to examine your puppy or dog to diagnose the exact problem.
While some specialty shampoos do cover more than one problem, you won't want to be treating your Pug for mites when it is actually a yeast issue and vice-versa. Also, some conditions may be at a point of needing a prescribed medicated shampoo.
This said, there are some very effective shampoos that can resolve a host of issues seen with the Pug breed.
Allergies can really do a number on a Pug. Some of the top issues seen are itching, rashes, and hot spots. Fur may be affected as well, turning brittle or even thinning or have developing bald spots.
There can be other symptoms as well, including but not limited to runny nose, coughing, wheezing, watery eyes, and gastrointestinal issues including upset stomach and vomiting.
It will be important to have the triggers identified and take steps to eliminate or reduce them. But, in the meantime, there are some shampoos and sprays that can offer immediate relief.
Mites and skin infestations:
Skin mites, mange, yeast infection, and bacterial infections can quickly spiral out of control. You'll want an antifungal and antibacterial shampoo to combat these issues.
- if you're searching for a medicated allergy shampoo, what you really want to be looking for is an effective specialty shampoo that does not contain chemicals, as these can be irritating to a Pug that is already dealing with sensitive skin.
One of the best allergy shampoos for Pug dogs is Moosh (see below). This is an incredible shampoo that contains specific all-natural ingredients that work in a number of ways.
This has bentonite clay, which pulls away all types of irritants out from the skin. It has both neem and argan oil which is exceptional at providing needed moisturize and healing to irritated skin. And shea butter and aloe vera help restore skin that's been affected by allergies.
It is 100% all natural and organic with no sulfates, chemicals, or preservatives. This is a great choice for a Pug that has skin allergies, dry skin, itching, flaking, peeling, and/or irritations.
You will want to shampoo your Pug 1 to 2 times per week, leaving this on for at least 10 minutes, and follow with a quality conditioner.
Hot spot spray
- A leave-on spray that can be applied directly to hot spots can help a Pug feel instantly better. For general irritations and itching, you may wish to opt for an organic product that contains natural ingredients like lemongrass, peppermint, and clove.
If your Pug is having moderate to severe issues, it will be time to step things up a notch with a spray that has hydrocortisone to quickly stop itching and calm any skin swelling.
Medicated shampoo for skin infections and infestations
- A chlorhexidine shampoo with ketoconazole can cover a wide range of issues including yeast infection, bacterial infection, fungus, pyoderma, and even ringworm.
Since this is a medicated shampoo, it can be harsh if used too often and should only be used if a condition is present.