It is recommended to do an inspection each day. It only takes a minute and can be part of your daily routine to catch any issues early. You will want to check for the above mentioned coloring and the above mentioned possible odor.
Also, you will want to feel a Pug’s ears as the temperature of them can be a clue to possible issues. They should feel warm, and not hot, to the touch.
If you notice a build-up of thick wax or if the ears are starting to get a bit smelly, you can clean them at home:
• Solution. It is important to use the proper solution and not simply use water. Also,despite what you may have read elsewhere, please never use rubbing alcohol, as it will dry out the ears too much, causing problems. Use a chemical-free, all-natural product that is super gentle yet effective.
• Rolled Cotton: While you may use super-sized Q-tips or another cotton element, many owners find it easiest to take sterile cotton pads and roll one up. You will want it to be just about 6 inches long (no longer!)
First, use one hand to lift the ears of your Pug dog.
With your other hand, gently squirt the solution into that ear.
You will now need to massage it in…This is done by having your thumb on one side of the Pug’s ear and your forefinger on the other side. Simply gently press your fingers toward each other.
Do this 5-10 times. As you do this, you will usually hear a type of “squashing” sound. This means that the solution is working to break up hard, compacted wax…so it is a good sign.
Do not worry if you do not hear this, as it will just mean that the ear is clean in regard to excess buildup.
Now, it is time to use the cotton. You will place your finger in the middle of the rolled cotton in order to keep it firm and get it to where you need for it to be. Entering no more than 2 inches, you will rotate it around several times and then remove it.
Do not be surprised at what you see after removing it. The solution that you just massaged in helped to loosen compacted wax and dirt. The color of the debris that you clean up may be anywhere from a yellow to a dark brown.
You will want to repeat the above steps with each ear… You will be done when the cotton is clean when you remove it.
For touch-ups in between these cleanings, use a quality ear wipes to swipe out the outer canal and creases; this will prevent a good amount of 'gook' from finding its way deeper inside the ear.