4) Arid winter air affecting a Pug’s breathing and skin/coat.
Dry air can really do a number on a dog, especially a brachycephalic breed like the Pug. Air contains moisture, and the colder the air, the less moisture it can hold. So, winter air is very dry. Even though you keep your house warm in the winter, adding heat to the air does not add moisture.
It predominately can affect a Pug in two ways:
2. Skin issues.
The Pug is already prone to several skin problems
, and winter does not make this any better. Dry air can very quickly cause a Pug’s skin to become dry as well, which can lead to itchiness and peeling… And in some cases, this can domino into thinning fur.
What to do:
1. Add moisture to the air in your house. The easiest and fastest method (though not the cheapest) is to use humidifiers. However, there are some energy efficient models. When looking for a wintertime humidifier, keep the square footage of your house in mind; various models handle various room sizes. If you cannot cover the entire house, it can help to place one beside your Pug’s sleeping area. Place this 4 to 6 foot away, taking care that the cords cannot be reached.
If you do obtain a humidifier to help your Pug in the winter, do please read the cleaning instructions; humidifiers need to be properly cleaned on schedule to prevent mold from growing inside of them.
Other methods that can add some level of moisture back into the air include adding houseplants, leaving the bathroom door open when you shower and leaving out bowls of water (best when placed over heating elements).
2. Stay on track with baths, using the right products.
- While a Pug may not get as dirty in the winter and he may in other seasons, you will still want to bathe him every 3 weeks. This serves two main purposes: To rid the body of accumulated body oils that can start to smell and to apply a soothing, effective shampoo and conditioner for good skin and coat health.
- Proper pH balance is vital for a dog’s skin and coat to retain proper moisture. And elements such as aloe and oatmeal can add an extra boost of hydration to fight against the winter air as well.
- If your Pug has very itchy, dry and/or peeling skin, you may opt for a specialty shampoo or an anti-itch spray to resolve that issue before it escalates into a larger problem.
- Since dry air can cause both static issue and contact friction issues, using a leave-in spritz can protect the coat from becoming dry and brittle. Choose a quality spray that shields the fur from winter elements, but does not add oils or weigh the fur down.