5 Foods To Add To Your Pug’s Diet

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.

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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!

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Image Source: Rodney Habib / Planet Paws on Facebook

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.

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Kristy Beck

Kristy Beck

Owner & Content Producer at The Pug Diary
Kristy is the founder and editor of The Pug Diary, a photographer and pug mum extraordinaire to Ref + Serina. Kristy has combined her passion for photography with the love of pugs to bring you all of her knowledge of pugs and more to you through The Pug Diary.


  1. Avatar Hazel Booth on January 25, 2016 at 12:09 pm

    Hi Kristy
    I give my pug grated carrot in her dinner sometimes, is that OK for her?
    I will get some parsley today.
    She has Urinary Tract Food as she is prone to these infections and she is overweight, so probably can’t give her sardines.

    Thank you for the information


    • Kristy Beck Kristy Beck on January 25, 2016 at 12:24 pm

      Hi there Hazel,
      Carrot is a great food to add into your pug’s diet. Carrot is one of the foods mixed in Ref’s food and he eats a whole carrot every night which is not only good for his eyesight, but it is also good for his teeth. There are so many humans food that are extremely good for dogs. Ref only has human food which actually has allowed him to loose weight when he previously couldn’t on a kibble diet. He has gone from sitting between 10kg and 10.5kg to a healthy 8.7kg.

      I don’t know how sardines would go with a dog that is prone to UTI’s. Perhaps you could find a holistic vet that can either do in person consult or over the phone consult that could help you to manage/prevent UTI’s in your girl using natural remedies. But whenever in doubt if it is safe to feed a food to your pug, consult a vet or pet nutritionist for advice.

      Thanks for reading the article.

  2. Avatar Sandra on January 25, 2016 at 9:49 pm

    My pug has had bladder stones twice and prone to uti infections I add water to all her meals and I find this really helps.I am going to add parsley into the meals as well.Can you just sprinkle bit of turmeric in food instead of making the paste ?

    • Kristy Beck Kristy Beck on January 25, 2016 at 9:56 pm

      Hi there Sandra,
      Thanks for reading the article.

      With the turmeric, you can just sprinkle it on rather than make the paste but it really won’t be anywhere near as beneficial as the paste. If you click on the photo of the recipe, it will take you to the original post on Facebook by Rodney Habib where he explains how making the turmeric combined with coconut oil and freshly ground black pepper makes the curcumin in turmeric 2000x more powerful. I have yet to make the past myself but it sounds rather easily and done in about 10 minutes and I think it will be well worth it. The cancer killing properties of the turmeric paste is well worth the 10 minutes to make it. Do check it out as well as the links to the other posts in turmeric as the benefits are incredible.

  3. Avatar toni on February 26, 2016 at 9:10 am

    Hi, ive had my pug a week and he has had the runs ever since. He is 8 weeks old and i feed him chicken breast, brown rice and eukanuba dry food. Is this not right? Thanks

    • Kristy Beck Kristy Beck on February 26, 2016 at 8:25 pm

      Hi there Toni. Thanks for stopping by.
      As far as diarrhoea goes, I definitely recommend you taking your little one to the vet as there may be an underlining cause for it. But it is common for puppies to take a week or so to get settled into their new environment.

      As far as feeding goes, it needs to be a balanced diet. And each person will feed differently. It comes down to wha you believe is best for your dog. Personally, I do not feed kibble. I have written about why I feed my pug raw food rather than processed food like kibble. These are my views and not everyone will agree. If you are not sure then you should do research as to the risks and benefits of feeding kibble as well as other types of meal like raw feeding or home cooked meals. With some research, you will learn what is best for your pug. And research will help you to make an informed and unbiased decision on what you prefer to do.

      Good luck with your little guy. Enjoy him as a puppy as he will grow so quickly.

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