Fresh Food for Pugs
Mischievous and charming, the flat-faced pug is happiest as the center of attention. A lap dog through and through, pugs were initially bred in China as companions to wealthy aristocrats, a trend which caught on in Europe as early as the 16th century. Their genial nature and adaptability—throw them in a bag and take them on adventures, or post up at home, it doesn’t matter to a pug— is a driving force behind their enduring popularity. Don’t let their penchant for lazing about fool you, however. Pugs are prone to obesity and joint issues, so they require at least 30 minutes of exercise a day to help maintain a healthy body condition.
A healthy diet of fresh food is one of the best ways to care for your Pug and give them a long, healthy, active life—along with lots of attention and affection.
What’s the best dog food for pugs?
A diet of fresh dog food for your Pug contributes to a healthy, active life, and could help stave off some of the ailments common to this breed.
Why fresh is best for your Pugs
Highly processed kibble can contribute to many issues that can compromise your Pugs’s health. Recipes from The Farmer’s Dog are made with fresh, human-grade ingredients, steamed to retain nutrients, and pre-portioned to help maintain weight.Feed Fresh Today
Like many dogs, Pugs are prone to joint issues. In fact, almost 72% of Pugs have hip dysplasia, according to the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals. Maintaining a lean body condition can help. And fresh food from The Farmer’s Dog contains Omega-3 fatty acids, proven to reduce inflammation and improve arthritis. Even if kibble contains these healthy fats, they can go rancid sitting on the shelf for long periods. Rancid fats don’t deliver the intended health benefits, and in fact can contribute to inflammation. Fresh food delivers these powerful nutrients intact for your Pug.
Dial up dental health (and fresh breath!)
For dogs prone to dental disease like Pugs, don’t look to a dried pellet to clean teeth. Kibble is an ultra-processed food—it sticks to teeth, contributing to plaque, and it can contain substances that actually fuel inflammation in the tissues of the body, including the mouth. Eating for dental health means eating for overall health. A fresh, whole-food diet promotes a healthier immune system, which helps ward off dental infections—and it doesn’t stick to teeth. Fresh food also means fresher Pug kisses and slobbers!
Promote better digestion (and poops)
A fresh diet provides human-grade, highly digestible protein, which contributes to many facets of your Pug’s health. It supports optimal muscle growth and maintenance, and a strong heart. Another hallmark of a digestible diet is what we call “high quality poops.” Research shows that a digestible, bioavailable diet affects the quality and quantity of your dog’s poop—making it less voluminous, and less stinky, than their poop on a kibble diet!
Know what’s in the bowl
For Pugs with dry and itchy skin, sensitive stomachs, or other signs of food allergies and sensitivities, it’s important to know exactly what you’re feeding—something that can be impossible with kibble, which often contains ingredients not listed on the bag. Allergies and intolerances to food are all too common, and many dog owners notice symptoms clear up when they switch to fresh food.
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