Wondering what food everyone feeds their pugs. We feed Iggy Eukanuba Small Breed Puppy food. We were told by our vet that it's a very good choice. Is there a better brand? Should we mix in a little soft food also and if so, what kind? He gets only dog food three times a day and a treat if he does his business outside.
Try this site out. Best Puppy Foods There are many many articles in the library regarding dog food ingredients, dog nutrition, dog food industry, etc. I don't have puppies, but I use food rated for "all life stages". Currently I feed Amicus, Natures Variety Instinct kibble and raw, Primal raw, Brothers and Epigen, and Natures Select Grain Free.
There are many, many better foods than Eukanuba
Look for foods with little to no grain, and a single protein. The Pug breed tends to have allergies to grains and many common proteins.
Lisa, 6beautifulpugs, has a link to dog food reviews that is just tremendous.
I use Diamond naturals (no corn, soy, wheat) on my Doxies and they are doing so much better than they were on Nutro
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This is the first time I have ever heard Eukanuba described as a good choice.Be aware that that most vets have VERY little knowledge about good nutrition for pets. You'll get much better advice from many posters here who, I'm assuming, have done more research than your vet. Do a search of older posts on this forum.
I can't recommend any kibbles (I'm not a fan) or even canned food as I feed raw.
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Good to know!! Thanks!
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I had my bulldog on science diet and he hated it and was always biting his feet, itching ect. Once we got the pug I wanted them both on the same food, but one on puppy formula of course. I have them both on Blue Buffalo and they both love it. The bulldog, Roy seems happier and more energetic. Naturally this stuff is really expensive but I think I will be staying with it.
However, Dr. Becker, knowing the biological needs of her pets, feeds her dogs and cats a raw, primarily meat diet. Here’s what she says about grains (the primary ingredient in Natural Balance Vegetarian) “Grains are not a natural part of a wild dog or cat’s diet. Dogs and cats do not have dietary requirements for complex carbohydrates…. So what if I feed grains? Some pets handle the unnatural carbo-loading amazingly well. They get by with few side effects of consuming a disproportionate amount of carbohydrates. However, many dogs and cats do begin to have a problem with a grain-based diet. Grains foster an inflammatory response, which exacecerbates chronic skin problems, allergies, degenerative joint disease and gastrointestinal problems (Inflammatory Bowel Disease, chronic diarrhea, mucus stools, vomiting and excessive smelly gas, to name a few). It creates an alkaline urine pH which fosters urinary tract infections, crystals and bladder stones. We know that cancer feeds off carbohydrates so pets with cancer should consume little to no grains. Grains overwork the pancreas, making it difficult to produce enough digestive enzymes (amylase), which can lead to pancreatitis.” NATURAL PET ANIMAL HOSPITAL
An interesting post from another site I wanted to share.
Thanks for the post 'pugtown'!!
We are so pleased we have changed our dogs on to raw! The only one who we haven't 100% changed is Kirby (one of our Chihuahuas) he
has IBS/pancreatitis so we are reading lots and slowly introducing raw in his diet, we are really hoping it'll work for him and get him back into 'good condition'
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and Chihuahua siblings: Kirby, Shadow, Zeta and Fizzy Dave