Washing a Pug's Face

Santa's helper may need a facial.

Santa's helper may need a facial.

A pug’s face is incredibly cute with all of his wrinkles and his bright dark globular eyes. Dogs with wrinkles or facial folds need extra care. The best time to wash a pug’s face is when he is calm. He will thank you with a cute underbite smile.

Wash your hands with soap and water and dry them thoroughly. This removes any bacteria or germs that may be on your hands.

Fill a cup with lukewarm water from the sink. Set the cup and cotton swabs on a table near a chair or couch.

Open a jar of petroleum jelly and set it near your other cleaning supplies.

Place your pug in your lap on the couch or chair. Turn him on your lap so he is facing you.

Dip a cotton swab into the warm water. Slightly open a fold of skin above his nose with your forefinger and thumb. Wipe out the fold with a cotton swab. Clean each fold above his nose and on his face in this manner using a new damp cotton swab for each fold.

Extend a forefinger and wrap it in a dry washcloth. Gently dry each fold to remove any excess moisture between the wrinkles. Move your finger to another dry area of the washcloth to dry each fold thoroughly.

Dip a cotton swab into petroleum jelly to secure a small amount on the tip. Insert the cotton swab into the fold directly above your pug’s nose on one side. Gently apply a thin layer throughout this fold.

Give your pug lots of praise and loving for his patience and supply him with a dog treat.

Items you will need

  • Soap
  • Cup
  • Water
  • Cotton swabs
  • Washcloth
  • Petroleum jelly
  • Dog treat


  • Applying petroleum jelly in a pug’s nose fold protects it from excess moisture from eye drainage. Skin that remains damp can lead to infections.
  • Clean your pug’s face once a day to remove debris, food or dried tears that accumulate in his facial folds. Excess debris or moisture in his folds leads to skin infections.
  • A young pug may not be too cooperative when you start cleaning his face, but after several daily cleanings he should be more receptive to the process.

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