Pug Dental Care


Do you know that Pugs have 28 deciduous teeth (temporary) and 42 permanent teeth? When a Pug puppy is about four weeks’ old, his deciduous or milk teeth begin to appear, and are lost gradually between 14 and 30 weeks’ old. Dental disease is one of the most commonly found health disorders in Pugs. 


There are also many other dental problems in Pugs including plaque, tartar and periodontal disease. Pug dental issues may also result from injury, foreign bodies such as porcupine quills or foxtail, malnutrition or systemic diseases which can infect the mouth as well as other parts of the Pug’s body.  


You can notice the common signs of the dental problems in the Pugs, such as the loss of appetite, red, inflated and gums of bleeding, blood in saliva, tartar yellow-brown with the gum line, broken teeth and blows stinking.   Pugs may bear from broken teeth, frequent a cause of biting on sticks or rocks.  A cracked or broken tooth can be painful if the nerve tissue is exposed.  



Prevention is always better than cure, which can prevent your most loved Pug from acquiring such dental diseases. To prevent dental disease, your pug needs routine dental care at home.  Home care is crucial step of your pug dental care.  Home oral care includes routine examinations of your pug's mouth and brushing his teeth.  Therefore, clean your pug's teeth frequently with special toothbrushes and toothpaste designed for dogs. Toothpaste for dogs is generally quite savory to them, so he shouldn't mind this. If your pug balks at having his teeth brushed, get him used to it by rubbing his teeth and gums with your finger. Then put a little of the toothpaste on your finger and let him sniff and lick it; do the same with the toothbrush. Make sure to provide chew toys or other products that will help clean his teeth.  


As your Pug gets older, he may have a buildup of tartar that requires special cleaning by a veterinarian. Another method to assist cure calculus and build up on your pug's teeth is by using rawhide masticates specially expressed for dental care. Dental diet is very important for your Pug.   Hard crunchy foods tend to be better for the teeth than soft ones although there is nothing wrong with feeding a proportion of a soft tinned or flat pack food.  


In summary,  

1.   Begin brushing your Pug’s teeth regularly and at the earliest age possible knowing it is never too late to start this good habit. 

2.   Pugs require special attention to their teeth since they have almost no snouts, which often causes dental crowding and puts Pugs at a higher risk for plaque and tartar buildup.

3.   Brush with a doggy tooth brush or for small dogs, finger brushes are available.

4.    A  lways use toothpaste made especially for dogs; never use human toothpaste.

5.    Carefully choose treats and bones marketed to clean your Pug's teeth while they chew. 

6.    Use special additives to your dog’s water that aide in dental hygiene.

7.    Have your Pug checked regularly at your veterinarian’s office. 

8.    Schedule a dental cleaning at least every 3-5 years depending on your Pug’s dental needs.