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When considering raw feeding for pugs, not only do you need to know the basics and how much to feed but you need to know how to balance it correctly. An unbalanced diet can be harmful to your pug as they will miss out on the vital nutrients they need to survive!

In the raw feeding for pugs: an introduction, you learnt about the differences between a prey model raw (PMR) diet and a BARF diet. It was in those differences that the guidelines for balancing can be found. To touch on that again, a balanced PMR diet is made up of 80% muscle meat, 10% edible bone, 5% liver and 5% other secreting organ. And a balanced BARF diet is made up of 70% muscle meat, 10% edible bone, 5% liver, 5% other secreting organ and 10% fruit & vegetables.

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Now that you know how much to feed your pug, breaking that amount of food down into a balanced diet may seem hard but once you understand what it looks like, it becomes much easier. Using the raw feeding calculator will help take most of the work out of this for you.

The great thing about balancing a raw diet is that it doesn’t have to be exactly balanced every day. You may prefer to balance over the course of a week, which is what most people tend to do. You may like to feed a heavy organ day which could be followed by a heavy bone day and then a bone and organ free day.

The other thing to consider when balancing your pug’s raw diet is bone. Not all bones are equal. The bones that your pug can digest count towards their bone content. Large recreational bones where they pull the meat off and leisurely knaw on it doesn’t count to bone content. And then each bone has a different bone to meat ratio. But more on that in the next raw feeding for pugs post.

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A 10kg pug who needs to lose 2kg should be fed for their ideal weight of 8kg. To lose weight, 2% of their ideal weight is what they should eat each day. That comes to 160g of food each day. This pug is on the BARF diet which means this 160g should be broken down to 112g meat, 16g of bone, 8g of liver, 8g of other organ and 16g of fruit & vegetables. Over the course of a week, that totals to 1120g of food broken down to 784g of meat, 112g of bone, 56g of liver, 56g of other organ and 112g of fruit & vegetables.

Here is an example of what balancing a meal over a day looks like.

Breakfast: 20g of chicken neck & 63g of venison
Dinner: 60g of turkey, 8g of lamb liver, 8g of beef kidney  & 16g veggie mix

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And an example* of what balancing over a week looks like.

Breakfast Day 1: 20g venison, 24g tripe, 23g lamb liver
Dinner Day 1: 10g venison, 1 duck foot, 15g veggie mix
Total weight: 129.5g

Breakfast Day 2: 40g chicken breast, 20g veggie mix
Dinner Day 2: 1/2 tin of sardines (approx 62g), 1 raw egg (approx 58g)
Total weight: 180.5g

Breakfast Day 3: 20g venison, 24g tripe, 23g beef kidney
Dinner Day 3: 10g venison, 1 duck foot, 15g veggie mix
Total weight: 129.5g

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Breakfast Day 4: 40g turkey mince, 20g veggie mix
Dinner Day 4: 1/2 tin of sardines (approx 62g), 1 raw egg (approx 58g)
Total weight: 180.5g

Breakfast Day 5: 20g venison, 24g tripe, 23g lamb liver
Dinner Day 5: 10g venison, 1 duck foot, 15g veggie mix
Total weight: 129.5g

Breakfast Day 6: 20g beef, 24g tripe, 23g beef kidney
Dinner Day 6: 48g salmon, 15g veggie mix
Total weight: 129.5g

Breakfast Day 7: 1 duck neck (approx 130g)
Dinner Day 7: 35g venison, 10g lamb liver, 10g beef kidney 15g veggie mix
Total weight: 200g

Weekly total weight of food: 1226.5g

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Both meals are balanced and will give your pug all of the vital nutrients they need to be healthy. Remember you don’t want your pug to just survive, you want them to thrive and a balanced raw diet will do this.

*Please note: These are only example meals and should not be used as a meal plan. Every pug should have a raw diet tailored to them. It is not a one size fits all diet. Speak with a holistic vet or pet nutritionist to help you formulate the right diet for your pug.

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