If you’re new to the pug life, then you might be surprised to learn that pugs shed an insane amount. Yes, it’s true, these beloved little creatures have one significant downside: major fur loss. That said, all pug owners agree that it’s a small price to pay for living with an angel. Still, all is not lost, and there are things you can do to minimize the amount of pug glitter (ahem…hair) that’s released on to your clothes, sofa and bed. Here are tips to help manage pug shedding.
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Brush Your Pug
If you rub your pug’s back, you might find strands of fur clinging to your hand and wafting in the air. That’s because shedding causes some fur to fall off completely, while other bits get trapped in the pug’s coat. Get rid of this trapped fur with a good brushing. Plus, it will help keep your pug’s coat healthy and odor free.
So, give your pug a good brushing on the regular (at least 3x a week and as often as once a day). It’s also a good idea to brush immediately before and after a bath. You’ll release loose hair and minimize shedding indoors. Your house and clothes will thank you!
I recommend taking your pug outside to brush, either in your backyard or on a stoop. That way, the hair is released into the wild instead of into your house.
Here are some good pug brushes that we recommend:
Stock Up On These
Say goodbye to lint rollers! These cheap, bright red magic sticks pick up fur, as well as lint, fuzz, dust and dandruff, with just a swipe. Got fur on your clothes? Use a magic stick! Does your pug have a favorite spot on the couch? Use a magic stick! Is your pug sleeping on your pillow? Use a magic stick! Keep one in every room of your house, plus the car.
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Omega Fatty Acids Are Your Friend
The best combination of omegas for good skin and coat health is EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) fatty acids. They’re both derived from fish, and wild fish are always preferable to farmed fish. A great fish oil option for your pug is Zesty Paw’s Pure Wild Alaskan Salmon Oil (buy it here). It has no additives, is made in the USA, and comes with a pump.
Get A Good Vacuum
Manage the build up of loose hairs before they become a problem. Let’s be honest, you don’t want fur patches building up and creating tumbleweeds all over your home.
Don’t Shave Your Pug
Many people assume that shaving their pug will help manage shedding. But this is a myth! Your pug will simply shed shorter hairs, not fewer. Shaving your pug doesn’t make them shed less, and in fact, you run the risk of a coat that grows back even thicker than before. Plus, a shaved pug is more at risk of sun burns and bug bites (their fur actually insulates them and protects them from overheating). So put the clippers away and cancel that appointment with the groomer (many groomers will even refuse to shave a pug!).
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