Pugs are food lovers and will do anything for you if you are feeding him in return. But the sad part of the story is that just like any other dog, pugs get obese very quickly. As they say, you become what you eat. Since the pug is a tiny dog, even one extra pound will affect its appearance. For this reason, it becomes important to keep a check on what your pug is eating. The present article talks about the feeding guidelines of this adorable dog:
How much is too much?
It is very important to feed your dog the correct amount of food to ensure that the pug is getting enough calories for proper growth. Any deviation from the right amount will led to health problems in a pug. Age, activity, metabolism and build of a dog are the major factors on which the amount of food which should be given to a dog depends. Also, the type of food you are giving to a dog is another important factor. If you are feeding home cooked food to one pug and commercial dog food to another dog with same age, build and activity level, it is not necessary that both of them will consume the same amount. As a general rule of thumb, a puppy pug should be given 1 ounce of food per one pound of body weight. For adult pugs, the amount is halved.
What about calories?
A pug puppy which is in his growth phase requires more calories than adult and senior pugs. On an average, a puppy requires 50 calories per pound of their body weight while an adult pug requires 40 calories per pound of their body weight. Senior pugs need fewer calories because of slow metabolism and less activity level.
A pug should be given measured meals at specified times in a day. Free feeding is not recommended to the pug. The following table illustrates the right feeding regime and meal frequency for pugs:
|Age||Amount of food given at one time||No. of times a pug should be fed in a day|
|8 weeks to 12 weeks||1/4 cup to 1/2 cup of puppy food||4 times in a day|
|3-6 months||¼-1/3 cups of quality food||3 times per day|
|8-12 months||1/3 to ½ cups of quality food||2 times per day|
|Older than 12 months||½ cup of quality adult food||1-2 times per day depending on the activity level and the comfort of pug|
Best Foods for Dogs:
- Meat (lean hamburg, fish, liver and organs, chicken breast)
- Brown rice
- Green beans
- Sweet potatoes
Fresh, cool water should be provided to the pug.
Tips for good health of the pug:
- Don’t smoke when your pug is near you
- Take your dog to regular exercises and walk
- Offer him measured food to keep him slim
- Offer him chewable teeth to improve the health of teeth
- Give him a lot of love
- Provide him a fresh supply of water