There is no doubt that feeding real fresh food that is balanced and species appropriate is the best thing for a pugs health. But the truth is that there can be a number of reasons someone can’t feed their pug a raw diet so kibble is their only option. Whilst kibble isn’t the best food to be feeding, there are ways to improve kibble for your pug so they can get some added goodness to their diet that real fresh food provides. Here are 7 ways to improve kibble for your pug!
Add Sardines Twice a Week
Sardines are packed full of essential vitamins such Omega-3, vitamin D and vitamin B12 making them perfect for adding to your pugs diet. The Omega-3 helps support healthy joints plus the vitamin D is great for their bones. The vitamin B12 found in sardines along with the Omega-3 is great for a healthy heart. Sardines can help brain health, relieve allergies, provide kidney support and even help your pug lose weight.
Store bought tinned sardines are great to feed. When buying a tin of sardines, be sure to get them in spring water or olive oil only and check the sodium level. You want the sodium to be less than 100mg per tin and the lower the better. At meal time, feed 1/2 a small tin (approx 120g tin) and remove about 1/4 cup of kibble from their diet to ensure you don’t feed too much. Store the extra sardines in the fridge for up to 2 days. Add sardines twice a week.
With so much goodness at such a tiny price, why wouldn’t you add sardines to your pugs diet.
Add Egg 1-2 Times a Week
Chicken, duck and quail eggs are all good options to add to your pugs kibble for some great health benefits. When you feed a raw egg including the shell, it becomes a complete food source. It contains just the right amount of protein, vitamin A, Riboflavin, Selenium and pretty much every other essential vitamin mineral your pug needs. For this reason, eggs are a perfect edition to your pugs diet.
Eggs can contribute to a healthy, shiny coat so adding these 1-2 times a week is great! You can scramble, boil or feed them raw with or without the shell. The choice is yours but any way you choose, your pug will love it! Try a scrambled egg for breakfast or a boiled egg for a treat. When choosing your eggs, try to stick to free range eggs that haven’t been chemically sprayed for presentation at the supermaket. If you can only source supermarket eggs, don’t feed the shell to be on the safe side. For free range eggs, especially the ones that come from chickens, ducks or quail that are not farmed, you can feed the shell as is or if your pugs doesn’t like the shell, wash them followed by air drying for severals days before turning them into a powder to add at meal time.
Add Raw Grated or Puréed Veggies Every Meal
Adding some fresh veggies to your pugs meal is a great way to help them feel full without packing on the weight. And that’s not the only great benefit. Fresh veggies provide some great nutrients that can help improve your pugs health.
Choose veggies that are low in carbohydrates and/or dog safe like kale, broccoli, spinach, brussel sprouts, asparagus, cauliflower, carrots, cabbage, capsicum, celery, pumpkin and green beans.
As dogs aren’t made to eat lots of vegetables, it can be hard for them to digest it properly and gain all the nutrients from them so it’s important to start the process for them. For this reason, you should at the very least grate the vegetables or preferably purée them to help break down the walls for them to be able to absorb the nutrients. There are some vegetables that must be cooked before feeding such as pumpkin and sweet potato, though sweet potato is too high in carbs for regular feeding so it’s best as an occasional treat.
Add Fresh Fruit 1-2 Times a Day
Fruit can be added at meal times or given as a treat. They can provide many different nutrients like veggies and are great for the waist line. Fruits should be fed less than veggies as they do tend to be higher in sugar which in large amounts is never good.
Blueberries in particular are an amazing fruit to add because they are full of antioxidants and those anti-cancer powers can be attributed to a number of awesome compounds including ellagic acid, anthocyanins, vitamin E, and vitamin C. Blueberries are one of the greatest health foods and are a great anti-cancer food.
It is best to stick to blueberries, strawberries, raspberries and blackberries on a regular basis with different fruits once or twice a week for variety.
Add Coconut Oil Once a Day
Coconut oil isn’t just one of those super food fads. It has some amazing benefits for your pug. It can help with allergies and dry skin. It can help to have a shiny coat for your pug. It provides MCTs that are good for brain health & function. It can help heal wounds and improve coat when applied topically too.
Coconut oil also has yeast & anti fungal properties helping to boost your pugs immune system. It helps improve digestion and absorption of nutrients along with reducing & even eliminating bad breath, helps with thyroid function and diabetes, aids in arthritis & ligament problems and not to mention it helps reduce weight & increase energy.
The recommended daily dose of coconut oil is 1/2 teaspoon per 5kg/10lb of body weight.
Add Golden Paste Every Meal
Turmeric is a magical herb! When it is combined with coconut oil and freshly cracked black pepper along with some water, it becomes this amazing super powerful supplement called Golden Paste. But why is this herb so powerful?
Well, 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.
Just adding turmeric is not enough. It really needs to be combined with coconut oil and black pepper to have to the full effect. You can easily make Golden Paste at home but if you prefer a fuss free option, try adding Turmericle Powder. It is what I like to call the lazy persons Golden Paste and works just the same way.
Give a Whole Carrot 2-3 Times a Week
Carrots are a great veggie to include when improving your pugs kibble. They are packed full of nutrients that can help fight cancer and prevent cancer as well as help your pugs eyesight.
Carrots fed whole can add not only some great nutrients, it can help your pugs health in other ways too. Your pug having something to chew on is great enrichment and will help keep their brain active. Not only is it a great enrichment activity, it is also good for their teeth. Chrunching down on a hard whole carrot massages your pugs gums and rubs against their teeth which helps to remove plaque and promote good gum health. You can even soak whole carrots in coconut oil & freeze before feeding for added dental health benefits.
As carrots are a vegetable higher in carbohydrates, limit feeding a whole carrot to 2-3 times a week. If your pug suffers from yeast overgrowth, it is best to avoid carbohydrates altogether.
With every one of these already in your kitchen or super cheap to buy, you can improve kibble for your pug and give them some new added health benefits!
I will leave you with this wonderful information from the amazing pet nutrition blogger, Rodney Habib of Planet Paws and The Dog Cancer Series!