What you feed your pug puppy will influence their health, development and weight. There has been a move among dog-lovers away from canned or packaged dog food, which is thought to contain too much filler---empty calories with no nutritional value. Instead, dog owners are encouraged to cook healthy homemade meals for their pet. In the case of a pug puppy, healthy foods include boiled chicken breast, cooked lean hamburger, fish and chicken livers, boiled rice or pasta and cooked vegetables such as green beans, carrots, sweet potatoes, spinach and courgettes.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
Things you need
- Fresh meat or fish
Feed your pug puppy 1 oz of food for every pound he weighs. For example, if your puppy weighs three pounds, give him three ounces of food.
Every part of your puppy's body is growing and developing at this stage, so feed him three times a day.
If you are preparing homemade meals for your puppy, cook meat and fish until it is very tender and can be pulled apart easily with two forks. Cook vegetables until they are soft but not mushy. You can prepare the puppy's meals by stewing the meat and vegetables together, or you can saute them in vegetable or olive oil. Each meal should consist of 40 per cent meat, 30 per cent vegetables, 30 per cent starch.
Let the food cool before serving it so your pug does not burn his mouth and tongue.
Leave out a bowl of fresh water so your puppy can drink any time, day and night. How much a puppy drinks depends upon the climate, how active they are and the type of food you give them. If you have opted for manufactured dry puppy food, for example, your pug will drink more. Pug puppies and pug adults are susceptible to overheating, so it is essential that your dog have access to water at all times.
Keep your puppy's diet consistent. A pug puppy's stomach is delicate, so a sudden shift in food, from home-cooked to commercial, for example, may make them ill. Introduce new food gradually, perhaps adding a little dry puppy food to your own home-cooked food. Increase the amount of dry food every day over a course of several weeks until your puppy has become accustomed to their new diet.
Tips and warnings
- Cut the meat, vegetables and even the pasta into very small pieces to make it easier for your pug puppy to chew and swallow.
- Pugs love bones, but never give your pug puppy a chicken bone. This breed has very strong jaws and can easily reduce a chicken bone to splinters, which are very dangerous to the dog if swallowed. Instead, give your pug a sturdy bone, such as the bone from a pork roast or from a T-bone steak. Do not feed your pug tomatoes, onions, nuts, chocolate, butter or fruit, and do not add spices or salt to his food. All of these things can make him seriously ill.
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