As you would expect, a typical pug needs a nutritious diet to avoid health issues while living an active lifestyle. Pugs generally have no problem sleeping the day away so it is important to support healthy heart and lung function with regular cardiovascular exercise attained on walks around the neighborhood. Without any likely outside motivation, your pug will be completely food motivated, constantly attempting to eat, and it’s your responsibility to select what’s best for your pug. The following is here to help you strive to feed your pet the perfect meal that will help support an energetic, active, and healthy lifestyle.
What Type of Food Should You Feed Your Pug
It can be difficult to choose, among the variety of dog food available, which is most suitable for your pet. Then again, it is categorized into commercial (ex: canned, dry, and semi-moist) and noncommercial diets. It’s important that you do not feed it only soft food because a pug needs to eat something hard every once in a while to support healthy and strong teeth. If you’ve opted for soft wet food as the pug’s primary diet, another option would be to also provide hard chewing treats geared towards dental health.
To ensure you’re feeding the right stuff, do your research on the brand. Make sure that the brand in question is approved by the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO). Check the ingredients when taking dog food off the shelf to confirm you are making the right choice, both in terms of nutrition as well as your beloved pet’s taste preferences. For e.g., two ingredients included in the first five listed have to be animal-based protein like chicken, fish, or beef. You also have to consider the amount and type of filler that are used. Most pugs tend to be allergic to foods like wheat, corn, and soy, usually put in the product as filler. If the pug likes the food, he will eat the entire bowl and you don’t have to search for another food.
How Much Food Should You Feed Your Pug
Some companies manipulate their food charts to trick consumers into buying more food for their dogs. But there’s nothing worse than overfeeding the pug because it cause them to gain weight and suffer from other health problems.
If your puppy is less than three months old, then you may allow it to eat as much as it wants throughout the day. However, such ‘free feeding’ is not recommended for older pugs because (a) it will be hard to take off the weight once the pug has gained it and (b) random eating will ruin any schedule you try to train it to follow.
A puppy may be provided with a good 28.4g of dog food thrice a day, apart from the healthy snacks reserved for training sessions, for every pound it weighs on average. An adult on the other hand, can make do with half ounce per pound of its weight.
You have to take note of the exact age, the activity level, and the metabolic rate when feeding your pug. The type of food alone doesn’t determine the amount to be fed: a cup of commercial food is equal to half a cup of dense home cooked food and up to a cup and a half of inexpensive food with fillers.
How to Know if Your Pug’s Diet Needs to Be Changed
The following signs will indicate whether the diet is working out. Keep an eye out for these and change the diet if you see that your pug is,
- losing weight rapidly
- gaining too much weight, especially after its growing stage
- falling sick often
- showing changes in behavior or mood