There is a world of information out there on what you should and shouldn’t feed your pug. It is so confusing to know what the right thing is to do these days. But with some research, you will find the science to back up that adding human food to your pug’s diet will do a world of good whether you are feeding them human grade meat and bones already or even if you are feeding them kibble. Whilst dogs are carnivores, the benefits adding other human food like vegetable to their diet is enormous. Check out these 5 foods to add to your pug’s diet.
Kale isn’t just for the health conscious human. This leafy green has amazing benefits when added to your pug’s diet. Kale is actually a low calorie, high fibre and no fat food that can also help kick cancer in the butt. There have been studies that show that kale contains carotenoids which when fed to dogs with cancerous tumors, the tumors were smaller and grew more slowly than those not fed kale. Kale also contains both Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids that have anti-inflammatory properties. But just because kale is awesome to feed to your pug doesn’t mean you should feed them loads of it. It does contain a substance that can cause kidney stones when fed in excessive amounts. But adding the right amount of kale to your pug’s diet is going to have so many benefits.
Eggs are a fantastic source of protein. Not only are they are good source of protein, one egg is jam packed with vitamin A, riboflavin, folate, vitamin B12, iron, selenium and fatty acids. And as for the high cholesterol in eggs, it is contributes to healthy & shiny coats. And let’s not forget the shell of the egg too. When an egg is fed with the shell, it nearly becomes a complete food source for dogs. When it comes to feeding the shell though, it is best to source your eggs from a local organic farmer so that you are not introducing chemicals to your dog that are sprayed on eggs to give them their shine. And you can even keep the egg shells from your breakfast, dry them out and grind them into a powder to sprinkle over your dogs food. It is recommended that you add only one raw egg per week to your dog diet.
You may have heard that adding parsley to your pug’s diet is a great breath freshener but there is a whole lot more to this herb. Parsley is packed full of chlorophyll and vitamin K as well as vitamin C & A and iron. The vitamin K in parsley helps destroy inflammatory cells that contribute to rheumatoid arthritis. It is also considered as a diuretic which can help with urinary tract infections and not to mention it has properties that can help reduce the risk of skin cancer. So with added bonuses to the fresh breath of your pug, parsley is a great addition to their diet whether it be dried, fresh or in tea form.
Sardines might be the smelliest fish out there but they are one of the richest sources of Omega-3, vitamin D, vitamin B-12 and you should definitely put up with the smell to add this to your pug’s diet. Sardines are packed full of protein that your pug needs for proper muscle and tissue development. It is also full of the essential amino acids that your pug cannot produce. Sardines are also great for proving the protein needed for structure of the skin, hair, joints and bones. They are packed with Omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA for joint health as well as vitamin D that is perfect for strengthening bones. Not to mention the fact that both the Omega-3 and vitamin D can actually help in the prevention of certain types of cancer. The rich source of B-12 in sardines is great for heart health too. And let’s not forget that the fantastic source of Omega-3 can aid in the loss of weight in our beloved pugs.
Turmeric is probably the one item on this list that you will hands down want to add to your pug’s diet when you realise the amazing benefits this herb has. Did you know that 1 in 2 dogs end up with cancer in their lifetime? And that only 5% of cancer is genetic? That means the 95% of pet cancer is caused by lifestyle. But there is a solution to this large problem and that is to prevent cancer. And the best way to prevent cancer is to include this amazing herb in your pug’s diet. Turmeric is a powerful herb that when combined with fatty-acids, it has the ability to kill cancer cells. It has antioxidant & antitumor properties, boosts the immune system, reduces inflammation, relieves allergies, prevents the formation of cataracts, kills parasites and the list goes on and on. To learn more about the amazing benefits of turmeric, check out these articles:
A great way to give your pug turmeric is to make some turmeric paste also known as golden paste. Check out the recipe below from Rodney Habib or this article from Dogs Naturally Magazine!
Do you add any of these 5 awesome foods to your pug’s diet? If not, which one are you going to start including now? Tell us which is your favourite in the comments below.