WHAT'S THE BEST DOG FOOD FOR A PUG?
Looking for the best dog food for your Pug? Rule Number 1: To feed your Pug well, first you need to know all about them! Diet plays a huge role in your dog's health, so don't skip the research. The Pug is a small but stocky and muscular dog. This breed is often predisposed to obesity, which is why their diet needs to properly meet all their nutritional needs.
Pug: Specific Dietary Needs
Like all dog breeds, Pugs have specific features that should be taken into account when selecting their kibble. Their size, the shape of their jaw, and their digestive system are all things that you should pay special attention to.
These are some of the factors that you should consider when choosing the right food for your Pug:
Pugs are particularly prone to overweight: Their kibble should therefore be sufficiently balanced and adapted to their lifestyle and build.
This dog has a very narrow airway: Due to their prognathism and brachycephalic jaw (a specific trait which is accentuated by the phenomenon of hyper-types), Pugs have difficulty breathing and ingesting food correctly, which can affect the quality of their digestive transit. They also have a fairly slow digestive system. As such, their diet should be adapted accordingly.
Pugs are also known for their fragile joints: Maintaining bone mass is very important to the health of your Pug.
Please note: If you choose to follow a dry food diet for your Pug, you must be careful to choose a higher quality brand to ensure that the specificities of the breed are taken into account. If you're having trouble decoding the label on your packet of kibble, you can always call your vet or an animal nutrition specialist.
What type of food should I give my Pug?
Now that you understand the specific requirements of your Pug a little better, you also need to be aware that the basic needs specific to any dog, such as vitamins and minerals, are just as important. Therefore, when considering your Pug's diet, you should look for:
Food that helps maintain a healthy weight: In addition to having a well-balanced composition, kibble that is rich in quality protein (> 28%) is most suitable for your Pug. Be careful to monitor the fat percentage; it's best to aim for moderate-calorie food (between 12 and 15% fat). In addition, high L-Carnitine or fibre content promotes stable weight.
Food that facilitates ingestion: If you opt for kibble that has a shape adapted to your pug's jaw, they'll be able to ingest their ration better and chew it properly, which in turn allows them to digest it well. Additionally, prebiotics and probiotics are excellent for promoting good digestion and healthy intestinal flora.
Food that helps strengthen their joints: Chondroitin, glucosamine, and omega-3 fatty acids promote healthy joints and cartilage.
The Hector Kitchen Motto
Every dog is unique, so their diet should be too!
We cannot stress it enough: each dog has their own specific dietary needs. And these recommendations are not the only things to take into account when choosing the best food for your Pug; their age, weight, activity level (normal or sustained), and any potential diseases are equally important factors.
No one is better qualified than an animal nutrition specialist to help you create a suitable diet for your dog!
When and how should I feed my Pug?
Once you've chosen the perfect dog food for your Pug, you also need to learn when and how best to feed them. It's important to understand, for example, that eating too fast or too much food can cause bothersome digestive problems, such as gas.
Here we outline some recommendations for feeding your Pug in the best way possible:
Give them their meals at the same time each day and, if possible, in the same quiet place: It's very important that your Pug eats in a calm environment, free from stress and the hustle and bustle of your home.
We recommend that you split their daily ration of food into two or three small meals: The idea is to distribute their food throughout the day, so as not to overload their digestive capacities.
Give them the correct amount of dog food: The amount of kibble required is different for each dog, even if they're the same breed. This will depend on different factors, such as your dog's age, weight, activity level (normal or sustained), and reported illnesses. Your vet or an animal nutritionist specialist can help you determine the appropriate amount of food for your dog.
Treats: In addition to their regular food, you can certainly offer your Pug a healthy treat from time to time. Little pieces of fruit or cooked vegetables are a great balanced option! Be careful, though, if your dog is overweight. Especially with fruit!
Forbid certain foods: Of course, certain human foods or treats are toxic to dogs and should be banned from their diet. Chocolate, sugar, and even onions; make sure to find out about the list of foods to avoid. If you're not sure, call your vet.
Finally, don't forget that hydration is key and an integral part of your dog's diet. There should always be one or more bowls of fresh water available to your dog both in the house and outside if they go out. If you want to encourage your pooch to drink more water, try placing ice cubes in their water bowl.
Pug: Characteristics of the Breed
A Brief History of the Pug
Pugs originated in China, where they were bred as companions for Chinese Emperors. They arrived in Holland during the 16th century with merchants of the Dutch East India Company and subsequently became popular in European courts. William of Orange brought his Pugs with him to the UK when he succeeded to the English throne in 1688, and there they gained the attention of British nobility.
The breed standard in force today was first published on 26 March 2009.
Pugs are very intelligent, even-tempered, lively, and playful dogs. They are extremely gentle animals who become very attached to their owners, but can also be friendly towards strangers. As such, they don't make very good watchdogs.
The Pug can be stubborn, however. Their training should be done gently because they will not abide by violence and they don't like to be reprimanded.
Pug Health Problems
Due to their build, Pugs are subject to a few minor health concerns. They are also prone to respiratory problems because of their flattened muzzle. They have very sensitive eyes which are prone to infection. It should be noted that female Pugs frequently encounter problems during birth.
Beware of over-bred Pugs, or "hyper-types", which promote the selection of dogs with super flat muzzles, as this strongly impacts their quality of life and life expectancy! The Pug is one of the dog breeds over-selected for certain physical traits, which are taken to the extreme to the point of causing suffering. We urge you not to participate in this! This dog breed deserves much better for its future.
Regular veterinary check-ups are very important for promoting the good health of your dog. Likewise, your Pug's diet should be adapted to their specific needs.
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