Pugs have incredibly large and loving eyes. Due to their prominence on a pug's face, it is important to take special care of the eyes to prevent infection, injury or irritation. This type of care can help keep the eyes healthy and clear from debris and other irritating particles. If an eye health concern does arise, you should consult your veterinarian for further evaluation.
Inspect your pug's eye. Take note of the eye color, discharge (if any), cloudiness level, and any other abnormalities that may be present. Pay special attention to any debris that may be stuck in Pugsly's eye. Consult your veterinarian if the eye appears to be infected or irritated.
Gather your saline solution. Be sure to use a saline solution that does not contain preservatives.
Wash your pug's eye area with saline solution. This is especially important if you have noticed any debris in your pug's eye.
Clean Pugsly's eyes with your soft, damp cloth or gauze pad as often as needed. This will help remove any discharge.
Protect your pug from further eye irritation by preventing him from accessing his eye. This can be done with a cone or a thick collar.
Hold a warm, soft cloth against your pug's eyes. This compress will help to soothe any irritation or discomfort that he might be experiencing. Use the compress for five minutes at a time, alternating from eye to eye.
Continue to use the compress, saline rinse and damp cloth to keep your pug's eyes clean and healthy. Repeat these steps on a daily basis to ensure that your pug will remain infection free.
- Pugs are "pop-eyed" breeds and have a greater risk of their eye getting pushed out of the socket. If you notice that one of Pugsly's eyes seems to be protruding, immediately call your veterinarian. On your way to the vet, you can cover the eye with a damp gauze pad after rinsing first with a saline solution.
- Never pull anything out of your pug's eye as this can damage his eye further. If something appears to be stuck, consult your veterinarian right away.
Hannah Reid has a Master of Education from Harvard University, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in English and psychology from Hamilton College. She has worked with children in grades three through 12, providing academic support in the areas of writing and reading comprehension. Hannah also blogs about her family farm and offers tips on everything from chicken coops to kitten care.