It is recommended to do an inspection each day. It only takes a minute and should be part of your daily routine. 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.
To clean Pug ears, you will need just a couple of things:
• Solution. This can be bought online at any reputable pet supply store, in person at a pet supply store or obtained from the veterinarian. 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.
• 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.
Unless told differently by the veterinarian (if your Pug’s ears are infected or other), you will want to do this grooming technique 2 times per week. Any more often will be counter effective. If you do this and see that the cotton is very clean and there was nothing to clean out, then you can go down to doing this 1 time per week.
This is a non-surgical method that is quite literally what it sounds like. Tape is used to hold the ears into preferred position. It is often tried on those who have "flying rose ears"...ears that protrude too much off to the side.
While there is absolutely no guarantee that taping will produce the desired results, there is a chance that it will. For those dog owners who wish for their Pug to meet dog show standards, taping is a non-intrusive way to gently urge the ears to point forward.
There is no reason to do this unless you wish to show your dog in conformation events. Ears that lay to the side do not produce health issues
or any type of problem. There are millions of Pug dog pets that do not have button ears and there is no reason for them to.
Taping can be effective if done before the dog is 6 months old. After the age
of 6 months, taping may work temporarily. Some dog owners with Pugs over 6 months old, will tape their Pug's ears before an upcoming dog show.
The ear will usually point forward for 2 to 3 days; just long enough for the dog to score higher in a conformance event. The ear will then slow go back to laying to the side.
Cloth adhesive tape is used to tape a Pug dog's ears. The ear is folded over to the front and the tape is used to wrap around the ear as in the photo above. The tape should be left on for 1 week at a time. Each time the tape is removed, the ears should be cleaned and allowed to air out for 1-2 hours before being taped again.
Regarding the length of time that this should be done...Well, the ear is in charge on this one! If the tape is removed and the ears does not fall to the front as desired, it would then be taped again for another week. Some owners may get results in a few weeks, some a few months and some...never.