Is a Raw Diet a Good Choice for your Pug?
So, you have heard a lot about the Raw Diet. The advocates sing all kinds of praises about this diet. Many think that a natural diet is the only way to keep their pet healthy and to prolong its life. You wonder if such a natural diet would be beneficial for your Pug. Is a raw diet a good alternative for a commercialdog food diet?
Some Pug owners select the Biologically Appropriated Raw Food or “BARF” diet for their Pugs. This diet consists of 60% to 80% raw meaty bones, and 20% - 40% fruits, vegetables, eggs, dairy products, and meats.
Your Pug may not adjust well to this type of dogs. Like most Pugs, he probably scarf down his food, chewing very little. With a raw diet, monitoring his eating habits closely becomes necessary. Giving him large chunks of food may force him to slow down and chew his food. Puree fruits and vegetables may become the norm.
A raw diet, just as its name suggests, consists of only uncooked food. Pet owners have a wide variety of foods to choice from such as:
- Meaty bones from animals such as cows, pigs, rabbits, ducks, chickens, turkeys, lamb, fish.
- Organ meats such as liver, kidney, and heart.
- Vegetables- broccoli, spinach, green beans, peas, carrots, sweet potatoes.
- Fruits - apples, bananas, watermelons, blueberries.
- Dairy products – eggs, cheese, cottage cheese, yogurt.
- Nuts – Peanuts.
The only stipulation is that the food is raw, uncooked.
A raw diet is often very expensive. Pet owners want only the best for their animals. They purchase the same quality of meats that they would purchase for themselves. A typical meal could cost $5.00 or more. Feeding your Pug two to three meals per day could become very costly.
Your Pug needs proteins, fats, carbohydrates, fruits, vitamins, minerals, and water to have a well balanced diet. All food should be fresh. Any leftovers should be refrigerated, and discarded if it is not eaten within two to three days.
What are some of the benefits of a natural diet?
Pug owners who feed their pets a BARF diet believe that the diet has numerous benefits.
- It eliminates many of the food allergies that plague some Pugs. The owner knows exactly what is in the animal’s food? There are no hidden additives as in commercial dog food.
- The animal has healthier skin and shiner coat.
- The animal has more energy.
- The teeth are cleaner, and the breath smells fresher.
- The animal have fewer health problems, eliminating many of the veterinarian bills.
- The animal lives longer.
There are some concerns about the “BARF” diet.
- It is often difficult to maintain a well balanced diet. Many pet owners do not know the nutritional content of many of the foods that they feed their pets.
- Because the diet is usually high in proteins, it could cause serious complications for those animals that suffer from kidney or liver disease.
- Both the animal and its owner maybe exposed to dangerous bacterial that often exits in raw meat.
- The animal may either choke on a bone or break a tooth.
- The diet is not suitable for young puppies or nursing mothers.
- The diet is expensive. It cost almost as much as it does to feed a human.
Before changing your Pug’s diet, it is a good idea to consult your veterinarian. This helps to insure that a natural diet is safe for your pet. It also gives you a current assessment of the animal’s health.
If the raw dog food diet is right for your pet; you should only buy pasteurized meat. Pasteurization kills all of the harmful bacterial that could cause serious illness. Only meat that goes through this process qualifies as fit for pet consumption. Purchasing meat from a reputable company helps insure your pet’s health.
It is important to handle your pet’s food as you would your own, observing all safety precautions. This means defrosting all meats in the refrigerator. You should wash all raw food thoroughly before giving it to your pet. In addition, always wash your hands, countertops, dishes, and utensils that come in contact with raw foods. You need observe all safety precautions to protect both you and your pet.
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