As a pug owner, you’re probably well aware of their need to eat a lot; you’d also be worried about health issues stemming from this need and the diet they consume. One solution to help you out of this mess is to feed your pet a home-cooked diet.
What Constitutes a Home-Made Well-Balanced Meal?
Your dog needs a snack that has sufficient proportions from every basic food group: carbohydrates, protein, fats, vitamins and minerals, and fiber. While a combination and the ratio respectively is dependent on the breed, the age, size, and even the activity level of your dog, its diet should typically constitute of 25% vegetables, 50% protein, and 25% grain.
As such, the following sources would make a good choice to consider: leafy greens, carrots, sweet potatoes, oatmeal, whole wheat, fish (salmon or cod), beef, chicken, fruits and berries (apple, pears, melons, blueberry, raspberry), fat (canola or olive oil).
When it comes to pug health and dieting, you have to make similar decisions for your beloved pet as well just as you’d for yourself. They are prone to the same diseases as you are. Take diabetes for instance. Cooking them white rice won’t do a whole lot benefit in this instance. Excessive sugar and saturated and trans fats are definitely not healthy either. Food like cookies, fried chicken, and ice cream will make it put on weight and should therefore be kept to a minimum.
Advantages and Disadvantages of Homemade Dog Food
Yes, while there are advocates of home-produced pug food, some pug owners would rather not go for such a diet. Let’s see why.
According to proponents of homemade meals, this sort of diet would not only provide the pugs proper nutrition, but would also ensure that everything they east is fresh. It’s also safe knowing that they have whipped it up themselves, using ingredients which were not contaminated in any way. On the other hand, one has no guarantees of the quality of food supplied by commercial food providers; they are in the market to make money, and unfortunately, the rules and regulations in this industry are not that strict. So there is always the possibility of low quality ingredients being used. Don’t be taken in by a label reading “recommended by vets”. Remember, it may be just one out of millions who’d be recommending it!
Then there’s the fact that making chow with such precision for your pet at home would naturally take a lot of your time, a luxury not many people can afford. And so, buying it is convenient, more practical, than following the various recommendations of your vet to fulfill your pug’s needs. It may turn out to be a costly affair, especially with the supplement pills you’d be required to provide if the diet proves to be inadequate in ensuring proper health.
Last but not the least, there’s no one-diet-for-all rule that you can apply when considering pug health and dieting. Your pug may not like the food you offer it for instance, or it may be making it sick. So, it’s a matter of trial and error really; you keep substituting till you perfect the diet.