The pug's ears are one of the weak points in its appearance and health. It is the wrong ears set that are often the only discrepancy to the breed standard. On the other hand, the pug's ears signal health problems for the dog.
What should be the ideal ears of a pug?
The breed standard allows two variants of the pug's ears: buttons and roses, the first option being preferred. Button-like ears are completely ears hanging on the cartilage, giving the pug's head extra volume. Ears in the form of roses are located on a slightly broken off cartilage and slightly open the ear canal.
From birth, it is impossible to predict what form of ears a pug will have. The ear is finally formed only after the process of cartilage breaking, which begins after 3 months. Owners of "sofa" pugs for the soul do not always attach importance to the shape of the ears, since they still do not plan to participate with the dog in exhibitions.
But this factor affects not only the beauty of the pug, but also its health: improperly positioning the ear exposes the ear canal, leaving it open to infections and dirt. The process of ear formation can and should be influenced, and the easiest and most effective way to do this is: glue the pug's ears with adhesive tape to give them the desired shape. Timely correction usually leads to a result, and the pug's ears become like buttons. Otherwise, the pug for the rest of his life may remain raznouhim, or his ears will be set high and raised on the cartilage.
How to glue pug's ears?
Owners are worried that the patch will interfere with their favorites, but this concern is unfounded. Most pugs quietly tolerate the procedure, and only in rare cases, the patch causes allergies or irritation. Procedure for gluing ears:
- Spread the tattered cartilage in the wrong place.
- Fold the ear so that its lateral edges are snug and are raised up.
- Fix the ear with a plaster close to the cartilage. The fixation should be strong, but not disrupt blood circulation.
The patch is left until it disappears, usually it happens after 2 weeks, sometimes earlier. Then the ears are allowed to rest for a couple of days, and if the cartilage begins to break again, they again resort to using a plaster. All pugs procedure gluing ears takes a different amount of time. In some, the ears themselves take the correct form without the help of the owners, other pugs walk with a band-aid on their ears for more than a year or until their owners have enough patience for this procedure.
Finally, the ear cartilage is formed only by 1.5 years, so until that time there is hope to give the ears the correct shape. Of course, the sooner you start glueing your pugs, the greater the chance of success. The procedure is suitable for ordinary medical adhesive plaster, which is sold in any pharmacy.
A hypoallergenic patch can be used to prevent irritation. Before removing the plaster, it is recommended to grease it with a rich cream on all sides and wait until the cream has soaked the plaster. This will make the removal procedure painless and prevent the hair from the pug's ears from being pulled out.
Why do pugs have reddened ears and what should owners do in this situation?
Ears are one of the problem areas of pug health: due to the special structure of the skull, the ear canal is often inflamed. One of the forerunners of otitis is redness of the inner part of the dog's ear. Also, redness can signal an allergic reaction, so a final diagnosis is made for additional symptoms.
In the inflammatory process, in addition to reddening of the ear, there is a large amount of sulfur, there may be liquid discharge with a specific odor. Pug shakes his head, while the ear as if "squishing." If otitis media is suspected, you should immediately consult a doctor. If you see that the inside of the auricle suddenly turns completely red or goes red, and your pug is scratching your ear all the time, then this is an obvious sign of an allergy.
As a rule, redness in this case is complemented by peeling and itching. Redness as an allergic reaction most often appears after treating a new product or feed. It is enough to no longer give this product, and the redness will pass by itself. But there are more difficult cases when redness occurs for no apparent reason, then you need to revise the entire diet or look for an allergen in the environment, hygiene products or medicines.
If the pug's ears itch
Sometimes owners of pugs observe such a picture: their pet is intensively scratching its ears, bypassing other parts of the body. The reasons for this may be different:
- allergic reaction,
- getting into the ear of a foreign object
- dog ear mite
The most easily eliminated cause of itching is getting into the ear of a foreign body: for example, during a walk an insect flew or a small blade of grass fell. In this case, you need to inspect the pug's ear and carefully remove the cause of the itch. Make it easy with a drop of vegetable oil: an insect or mote will remain in the oil and will flow out with it.
If it is not easy to remove the foreign body, it is better to contact the veterinarian, who will remove it with a special tool. Independent attempts may cause the insect or mote to move even further into the ear canal. Pugs suffer from a microscopic ear mite, as it spreads quickly, hitting the ear and causing severe itching.
It is impossible to see this parasite with the naked eye, its presence can be detected by examining ear wax under a microscope. You can get rid of the disease with the help of special drugs that are injected into the ears. Ear scratching may be one of the symptoms of allergies. In this case, there are usually additional symptoms in the form of desquamation, dandruff in the dog, redness.