Odor Coming from a Pug Dog's Head or Face
There are several issues that may cause there to be a bad smell coming from a Pug's head region. It is almost always one of the following issues:
We will go over this one first, since this is a common source of an odd or stinky smell that emanates from the facial area. The folds on the face are like tiny pockets that gather small pieces of debris such as food and other fine particles. This alone can be the source. However, in addition to this, if moisture becomes trapped in these skin folds without any ability to dry out, problems can arise. The damp, warm and dark environment is the perfect breeding ground for bacteria. Most common is the growth of yeast. This will produce what most often refer to as a strong musty smell. If you have both an issue of food particles and yeast, a Pug can then have an even stronger bad odor. It should be noted that with yeast, there is often also an intense itching that may cause the Pug to paw at his face or rub his face into the carpet, soft furniture, etc.
If you carefully and gently open a wrinkle you will be able to visibly see any food debris. If the skin look healthy and the only issue is that the crevices need to be cleaned, this should be done with a quality canine facial wipe which should be part of the daily routine you do for your Pug regardless. You will want to wipe out each fold going in one direction and changing out wipes for new ones as needed.
If you inspect the wrinkles
and as you get closer you notice that the odor becomes even stronger, take care in regard to examining them. Crust and swollen skin can cause discomfort when this sensitive skin is moved. If you feel that you will be causing your Pug too much pain by even making the inspection, defer to the veterinarian. If you are able to access the deep areas of the folds signs of a yeast infection will be an increased foul smell, possible areas of crust and/or red swollen skin. The skin may also be oily, greasy or even have some oozing.
To remove both the smell and the bacteria, you may wish to wipe out the areas thoroughly with over-the-counter medicated canine wipes that treat both fungal and bacterial infection. This is done 2 to 3 times per day. If there is no improvement after 3 days, if symptoms become worse or if the Pug is very uncomfortable, you will want to have him/her checked by the vet. In cases of severe infection, an antibiotic and/or prescription strength anti-fungal medication may be needed.
Use quality canine facial and fold wipes to clean out all wrinkles at least once per day and preferably three times per day. Making this a daily part of your grooming routine for your Pug can go a long way in preventing infection and keeping these terrible smells at bay.
One possible reason for a Pug smelling bad all of the time is an issue in the mouth. This can be tooth decay, infection or abscess. There is also always the chance that a small foreign body is stuck between the teeth. Bad smells from the mouth due to these sorts of issues can be compared to a rotting noxious odor.
There are some medical issues that can cause a variety of odd smells; kidney disease can make the breath smell like urine and diabetes can cause a fruity smell.
Since a tooth infection or other sort of problem can be very painful for dogs, it will be important to have this checked out by the veterinarian. Infections left untreated can enter the bloodstream and more to other areas of the body including the brain, lungs and heart.
If you feel that this is just a lesser matter of bad breath
, offering quality dental chews that both remove plaque and freshen breath can help.
If bad breath is an ongoing issue and/or the smell is very distinct you will want a Pug to have a complete checkup to rule out the many health conditions that have bad breath as one of the symptoms.
The teeth should be thoroughly cleaned with a 3-sided canine toothbrush and quality paste. This is recommended as part of daily care. One or two daily 'regular' food snacks
can be replaced with healthy dental chews.
If there is a really bad smell coming from a Pug's ears, this is a clear sign of an ear infection. Other signs beside a foul odor are itching which may cause the dog to paw at the ears or rub his head against objects and/or discharge.
Sometimes minor infections or issues with too much wax may be resolved with a proper at-home treatment, however most cases will need to be treated at the vet's office. A full flushing will be done and prescription medication will help to clear up the issue and properly eradicate the infection.
Allover Body Odor on a Pug
There are some cases where you either cannot pinpoint where the smell is coming from or it really does appear to be coming from the dog's entire body.
Pug smells after going outside -
This is not all that uncommon. The skin is constantly producing body oils. These work to keep both skin and coat healthy. However, over time these oils accumulate since oil does not evaporate. It is recommended to give a Pug a bath every 3 weeks since this seems to be the tipping point when too much oil is trapped beneath the thick coat and needs to be cleansed away. If a Pug goes outside and smells bad after rain or even if there is some humidity in the air, the moisture mixes with the oils in the coat and this can produce a really bad smell that some refer to as 'dog odor'.
Therefore, this most commonly occurs when a Pug is one week or less away from his scheduled bath time.
Another possible reason could be if the dog rolled in feces or other sticky matter, however since most owners are keeping a close eye on their puppy or dog, this is less likely to be the cause of a mystery smell.
Prevention and treatment:
If the smell is really bad, you can give him a bath a bit early as long as you are using quality products that will not dry out the skin
or coat. Be sure to do a full body brush beforehand. If he has just recently had a bath (within the past 2 weeks), you can give the coat a good brushing.
This will do two things: It will lift the hairs on the dense coat, allowing the moisture to air dry as you brush. In addition, the brushing will pull out dead hairs that are trapped close to the skin, which will be covered in the water/oil combination. Removing these hairs will often remove the odor.
Pug dog smells after going to the bathroom -
There are actually several different reasons for this odor problem. In regard to urinating, there can be some splashback, particularly if a male Pug pees on a tree or other object that may cause the urine to splatter back onto his genital area and/or underbelly. Female dogs can have some splashback as well, depending on their positioning when urinating. This can cause a Pug to reek of urine.
In regard to bowel movements, there is a couple of odor causing possibilities. When a dog pushes out a stool - and especially if that feces if large and/or hard - it can cause the anal glands to secrete more scent oil than normal. The oil from anal glands is often referred to as one of the worst smells possible. It is usually quite overpowering and can just about knock you over. Additionally, if there are any feces that have become stuck to the fine hairs around the anus, this will cause a Pug to smell like poop long after he or she has gone to the bathroom.
Prevention and treatment:
If there is a urine smell due to some being on the body, both genders
can be wiped with a quality canine wipe. If there is fecal matter stuck to the hairs, a small amount that is still moist can be cleaned up with a canine wipe. Take care to only wipe out and not toward the genital area. While females are more prone to the issue, both genders can develop a UTI if feces travels to the urinal opening. If the poop is dried, this can be scrubbed clean with a full or partial bath.
If the origin of the smell is anal gland oil, the area should be inspected to look for any possible tears in the skin. If the anal sac tore open when the Pug was going to the bathroom, this broken skin will now be vulnerable to infection. It can be washed with warm water and a dab of antibiotic gel can be applied. You'll want to keep a close eye on this, however, since it can become infected. If there is any redness, swelling, signs of discomfort and/or if the tear has not healed within 3 days it should be treated by a veterinarian.