The Benefits of Feeding a Raw Diet to Your Pug

I have previously talked about why I was stoked to make the switch a raw food diet for Ref but they were just a few of the things I learnt in the first couple of months. Now I have learnt so much more about raw feeding that I thought it was time to share the extensive benefits of feeding a raw diet to your pug.

The Benefits of Feeding a Raw Diet to Your Pug |

A raw diet of meat, organ, raw meaty bones, fruit & vegetables is the most natural food that a pug, or any pet for that matter, can eat. It is filled with all of the nurtients they need for a healthy life and contains none of the nasties or grain fillers that processed pet food is filled with. But what are the benefits of feeding a raw diet to your pug? Keep reading…

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Better Poop

Are you tired of cleaning up sloppy poop especially when you are out and about? Well with a raw diet, your pug will have better poop. Yes, that’s right. Poop that is firm and even less smelly. And we all know that will make life and especially walks so much easier.

Less Smelly

Not just less smelly poops but in general, your pug will be less smelly. They produce less gas and when they do pass gas, it is not smelly. It’s not just being les gassy but their skin too. When a dog has had so much unhealthy food and toxins, their body will excrete a lot of toxins through the largest organ of their body, the skin meaning they can be very smelly. When feed a raw natural diet, your pug will have hardly any toxins to excrete and therefore smell so much cleaner. A cleaner dog means less bathing too. I only bath Ref & Serina about once every 3 months and even then, they still aren’t smelly.

Clean & Healthy Teeth

The best way for your pug to have clean and healthy teeth is to eat raw meaty bones. Chewing and tearing at raw meaty bones cleans the teeth and gums leading to whiter teeth and fresher breath. We all want those puggy kisses to smell good.


Boosted Immune System

Feeding foods that are natural, free from chemicals and inflammatory foods, your pugs immune system will be so much stronger. They are less likely to get sick, need medications and more. Their body will be more able to fight off any nasties. A boosted immune system means they are also less likely to have food allergies especially since grains are the most common cause of food allergies. Who doesn’t want a healthy pug?!?

A Beautiful Coat

Want your pug to have a shiny, soft and healthy coat? A diet consisting of natural raw food will bring that. A healthy coat starts from the inside. If your pug is eating healthy natural food, it will look after their skin and shine through in their coat. Healthy skin means healthy coat.

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Leaner Pug

Eating the right amount of natural and healthy food means your pug is going to be healthier in weight. A leaner pug means a healthier pug, not just a good looking pug. It puts less stress on their breathing too. When it is hotter, a pug that can breath easier will get through the hot weather easier.

The Benefits of Feeding a Raw Diet to Your Pug |

With so many health benefits for your pug, one of the biggest benefits of feeding a raw diet to your pug will come through to yourself. A healthy pug means less trips to the vet and more money in your pocket. With more money in your pocket, you will be able to enjoy more activities with your pug. A happy pug is a happy pug parent. And we all want that.

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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 Alanna De Cinque on October 9, 2017 at 2:45 pm

    I’ve finally made the switch to raw, am still a little nervous about whether i’m getting the correct quantities of each meat, bones, organ, F&V and also what bones to give them. Haven’t noticed a difference yet but its still early days. Your posts and comments have helped enormously. Thank you

  2. Avatar Elizabeth Naple on June 19, 2018 at 11:54 am

    Hello, I have recently learned that my sweet pug boy Leo has been diagnosed with lymphoma. I will be switching him to a raw diet to help boost his immune system and hopefully fight off the cancer. Any tips on how to get started, advice, food lists, etc. I would appreciate!

    • Kristy Beck Kristy Beck on June 21, 2018 at 7:46 pm

      I’m so sorry to hear about Leo’s diagnosis. I hope the email I sent you with some resources has been helpful for you.

  3. Avatar Daryl on June 25, 2018 at 1:01 pm

    Hi ive got a 4 months old female pug ..and im wanting to switch on raw diet .i have done some research and watch some videos but i never seen particularly to start in a 4 month old thinking to to start with chicken necks,liver,lean cuts (breast)and add some veg with it..can i please ask a suggestion on the amount and how many times a day should i give her?thanks

  4. Avatar Joan on November 12, 2018 at 7:38 am

    My pug eats good on her food ? What veggies are good for pigs?

  5. Avatar Candice on April 9, 2019 at 11:05 pm

    I have read alot of your articles and am so glad we came across your site. We have extremely fussy pugs (two pugs one puggle) So my husband and I laughed reading your posting about bedtime. We Relate haha. Our pugs both suffer from terrible allergies itching elephant skin in the armpits that always break open from over scratching and itchy ear infections. We are done antibiotics creams, washes, grooms, grain free (you know how it goes) After a year of elimination diet and tons of vet bills with little to no success we decided to go BARF in hopes of helping my babies! It has been about 2 months and they LOVE it! I haven’t seen alot of improvement yet with the yeast issues however its still early. We balance the muscle meat bones fruit veg but our dogs prefer it ground up or chunky or they wont touch it. We use backyard chicken eggs whole with shell as well. Any advice about what we could do to help clear up the chronic yeast overgrowth or foods to focus on to help?? We also offer Kefir and probiotic homemade yogurt about a tablespoon each. Gut health seems great I’m trying to heal the skin and allergy in ears so they are not always miserable. Thanks again for all your great information! Glad I found you!

  6. Avatar Martin on March 26, 2021 at 4:55 am

    I have a one year old boy pug. I’m looking for advice on what raw meats we can feed him hes active and still loves a good run out daily someone who has pugs said I should only walk him for 20 minutes at a time but he’s like an youngster. But any advice would be great thanks.

    • Kristy Beck Kristy Beck on March 26, 2021 at 7:01 pm

      There are no restrictions to the types of raw meat you can feed. The important part is feeding to the guidelines with adjustments for the dog in front of you. Ensure you feed meat, offal (liver and another like kidney, spleen, brain etc) and raw meaty bones along with plant matter. Provide variety on rotation to give a good selection of the essential nutrients from different sources.

  7. Avatar Anna Diaz on April 4, 2021 at 3:53 pm

    Hello I have a almost 3 year old Pug and am considering switching him to a Raw Diet as I have read it is so beneficial… how do I start to introduce this diet??

    • Kristy Beck Kristy Beck on April 6, 2021 at 8:18 pm

      I suggest starting nice and slow and transition with one protein at a time over a 2 week period. This allows you to make sure there are no tummy upsets or reactions to proteins. Then check out the raw feeding section for some great tips on how to feed a balanced raw diet. And join the raw fed pugs Facebook group if you are on there.

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