Pugs are one of the most popular dog breeds, known for their wrinkled skin and flat faces. Pugs are Brachycephalic dogs which are characterized by having short-nosed breeds with flat faces. Because of their unique facial structure, these dogs often have wrinkled skin on their face and neck, but did you know that those same wrinkles can easily become infected? If not treated properly, an infected pug wrinkle can lead to serious health problems for your beloved pet. In this post, we'll discuss what causes pug wrinkles to become infected, how to treat them, and how to prevent them from happening in the first place.
What Causes Pug Wrinkles to Become Infected?
Pug wrinkles become infected when bacteria or yeast gets trapped in the folds of skin. This can happen if the wrinkles are not cleaned properly, if the dog has allergies or a skin condition that causes irritation, or if the dog has been in contact with another dog who has an infection.
How to Treat an Infected Pug Wrinkle
Symptoms include redness, swelling, discharge, and a bad odor. If you think your pug's wrinkles are infected, it's important to take them to the Vet as soon as possible. The Vet will be able to prescribe antibiotics or antifungal medication to clear up the infection. They may also recommend changing your dog's diet or cleaning routine.
How to Prevent Pug Wrinkles from Becoming Infected
The best way to prevent pug wrinkles from becoming infected is to keep them clean and dry. This means cleaning the wrinkles daily with an alcohol-free formula product such as Squishface Wrinkle Wipes. Our pre-moistened wipes are perfect for between baths and help deodorize your pups. Wrinkle Wipes come in an enclosed package so you can use it at home, in the car, at the dog park or anywhere else your dog goes with you. They are perfect for those hard-to-clean places. Since there’s no harsh chemicals, you don’t need to worry about stinging or irritation.
Wrinkle Wipes have phytosphingosine in them and no other dog wrinkle wipes have that. Phytosphingosine is a skin lipid with anti-inflammatory and microbe repelling properties. It helps rebuild the natural ceramides found in the skin barrier that are critical in helping keep the skin healthy. So not only do our wipes clean the skin of the bad stuff but also actively help to rebuild the skin.
Another great way to protect your doggo's wrinkles from infection is to apply Squishface Wrinkle Paste. Wrinkle Paste creates a protective barrier on your pug's wrinkles and forms a water-repellent barrier on the skin surface which keeps moisture, yeast, fungus and other bacteria at bay resulting in happy, protected and fresh smelling pug wrinkles. For best results, we recommend using Wrinkle Wipes to clean the area of debris and apply fresh Wrinkle Paste once daily for 7 to 10 days.
Other recommendations include avoid letting your pup play with other dogs who may have an infection, as well as limit heat exposure and exercise during hot weather, as this can make wrinkles more prone to irritation, infection and developing allergies or a skin condition.
The Bottom Line
Pug wrinkles may be cute, but they can easily become infected if not properly cared for. By keeping the wrinkles clean and dry, you can help prevent an infection from occurring. Adding a daily cleaning routine that includes Wrinkle Wipes and Wrinkle Paste will help keep your pup's wrinkles healthy and looking their best, and if you do notice any signs of an infection, be sure to take your pug to the Vet right away.
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