Though it gives your Pekingese that quintessential toy dog look, that cute wrinkle above his nose is a breeding ground for bacteria. If left unclean he could develop an uncomfortable condition called skin fold dermatitis. If cleaned regularly he will continue to delight you with his loving and boisterous personality.
Lift your Pekingese onto a table. It is much easier performing the task standing over him. If he is not used to the procedure, reassure him with a few soothing words.
Ask a friend to hold your Pekingese dog still by placing one arm across his body and one arm under his chin. Your friend shouldn't hold him too tight, just enough to stop him from jerking around.
Use a towel to wipe your Pekingese's nose dry of any moisture.
Mix a teaspoon of liquid antibacterial soap with 1/4 cup water.
Soak a cotton ball in the soap solution, squeeze it out until it stops dripping and wipe the wrinkle that rings the edge of your dog's nose. Though you should be as gentle as possible, you will need to lift the wrinkle up with your fingers to clean underneath it.
Wipe the nose and the wrinkle dry with the towel.
Dip a cotton ball into some cornstarch and powder your dog's nose. Again, make sure you get right underneath the wrinkle. The cornstarch will absorb any leftover moisture.
- Pet MD.com: Pekingese Profile
- Peke Pals.com: Pekingese Information
- Pekingese: A Complete Owner's Manual; D. Caroline Coile PHD
- Though this task should be performed about once a week, you should wipe your Pekingese's nose with a towel every day.
Simon Thomas has worked as a writer and journalist since 2004. He has contributed articles to several online publications, including Smashing Magazine, an art-and-design e-zine. Thomas holds a B.A. in film and media from Winchester University.