The pug diet should consist of carefully sized meals of whole, real food, preservative & gluten-free. What we mean by whole, real food, we mean unprocessed food.
Most pet foods on the market manufacture in very large quantities and therefore need to process the food to make it economically feasible.
One part of the processing can involve cooking, heating, radiation and more, so that the food can stay longer on the shelves of stores. This is dead food with litte or no nutritional value.
In an attempt to further the shelf life, many manufacturers add preservatives--most of them being very unhealthy like BHT and others.
Now we need to add color to the dead food to make it appealing. Most colorants are extremely carcinogenic such as the "red, blue, green dies with a number attached to it.
Since the dead food has no nutritional value, we need to add vitamins and minerals to it. If we add the vitamins and minerals and then process the food, we will kill or contaminate
them. In addition some vitamins and minerals may come from questionable sources. Sitting in a warehouse for weeks or months and then in a store for longer can reduce or eliminate any of the vitamin and minerals potency.
Since the processed/dead food can be tasteless or bad tasting, ingredients such as animal parts and such, artificial flavors (more chemicals) are added.
Real food is whole food--unprocessed and/or unaltered to a large degree. Very simply put, we can use the example, in humans, of eating Cheerios or Corn Flakes for breakfast (processed or junk food) or eating a bowl of rolled oats, a slice of whole grain bread, with honey or nut butter and a banana or apple--real/whole food. Big, big difference!
Pugs that live a mostly sedentary life can be prone to obesity, though this is avoidable with regular exercise and a healthy diet.
Scales are a must to monitor the pug weight. However, to tell if you have an overweight pug is look at it from above and look down at the body, observing the ribs. If you do not see the pug's ribs sticking out, the pug is overweight. Reducing a fat pug's weight is a must, or you can count on more pug health problems. The pug diet must be monitored in order to achieve the correct, healthy pug weight. Small portions twice or even three times a day work well. Table scraps are not encouraged and are hard to monitor in the complete diet. One healthy treat is fine for rewards.
The best pug food is California Gold Small Dog Pet Food. This dog food is truly the best--a healthy all-natural, REAL FOOD diet for small-to-medium sized dogs under 40lbs. Made with REAL human-grade food and no fillers, preservatives or chemicals that can harm your beloved pugs, it gives them the healthy natural nutrition their bodies need to thrive and have beautiful, soft-as-silk coats.