Feeding is one of the biggest concerns for Pug owners. It is quite a challenge to ensure a healthy diet for your Pug. Every breed’s dietary requirements are different. The Pug tends to overeat. So you need to closely control his diet in order to keep him healthy.
It has been observed that Pugs usually eat too quickly. They tend to gobble down their food. Therefore, it’s helpful if you can get your Pug to eat a little slower.
Homemade dog food is best
Consider feeding your Pug a homemade diet of freshly prepared foods. There are some problems with the various commercial foods available as they cater to the general population of dogs. However, every dog’s nutritional requirements is different. Many of these commercially available foods don’t take into account your Pugs unique nutritional requirements.
The Pug originated in Tibet. Their diet consisted only of that which they could easily find or hunt, which are mainly rodents, goat, boar, deer or even Yak’s meat. They probably also ate the barley, rye or mountain corn growing freely there. Their diet originally had a high fat content and even today their diet needs quite a large portion of fat.
Commercially available dog food
Proper feeding can save you a fortune in Vet bills. Many of the most common illnesses can be avoided with a good diet. If you are considering food that are commercially manufactured, then try choosing a dog food company that is large and reputable. Never skimp on the dog food!
With so many varieties of dog foods to choose from, the Pug owner can become quite bewildered! Choosing a recognized dog food brand will minimize the risk of leaving some of the most essential nutrients out of your dog’s diet.
What about nutritional supplements
Experts disagree on what kinds of benefits Pugs experience from nutritional supplements. It is possible that vitamin supplements can cause kidney or liver damage. So try to limit the supplement intake. Feeding your dog with a high quality dog food should sufficiently cover the most important nutritional needs. You can give your Pug vitamin C supplements though.
Pugs often suffer from infestations in the face and ear areas. So adding a tablespoon of yogurt to their diet can counteract the yeast buildup.
Pugs tend to eat too quickly
The Pugs’ fast eating habit can cause several problems for themselves and their owners. The Pug is notorious for farting as a result of the swallowing of air. Feed your Pug twice a day to minimize this smelly problem!
Don’t give your Pug raw hide treats. Because they eat so quickly, they are more prone to choking on large pieces. There are many Pug owners who have learnt the hard way that pugs and raw hide treats don’t go together. Rather buy your Pug a treat that is softer and smaller. These bite sized treats are much safer for your Pug.
Feeding your Pug the proper foods can ensure a longer, healthier life and lifelong happiness for him and your family.