Pugs and the Raw Dog Food Diet
Recently, there is an amazing feature article in The New York Times. It was published on February 15, 2012. It tells the story of Drea Peters and why she founded Curly Tail Pug Rescue. She has a pug named Chloe, and she shares how raw elk meat successfully saved the life of her pet. Chloe was then diagnosed to have a host of untreatable illnesses like tumors, allergies, and lesions. The medical conditions her pug suffered from were seen in many pugs around the world.
Switching pugs to the raw dog food diet can change all that.
Pugs are endearing toy dog breeds or lap dogs. They were originally bred and grown in China. They are characterized by flat and wrinkly faces, curled tails, fine coats, square-type muscled bodies, and extremely docile behavior.
Because of their anatomical features, pugs are delicate and are prone to many health issues. The health problems that generally plague pugs include obesity, overheating, pharyngeal reflex, hemivertebrae, and necrotizing meningoencephalitis (a fatal inherited disease among pugs). Because their faces are flat, their breathing passageways are essentially constricted.
The counterparts of all domestic dogs are the wolves in the wild. The musculature and general temperament of wolves are naturally tailored to resist harsh environments and scant food. Thus, the more pronounced the snouts of a particular domestic dog breed, the longer its life span. Unfortunately, pugs are bred to have flat faces, and thus they don’t normally live as long as those dogs that resemble the bodily features of wolves. This article, A Long Dog Life -- Is it Because of Kibble Nutrition or Raw Dog Food?, discusses this phenomenon.
Among all types of dogs, brachiocephalic dogs (and consequently pugs) need raw meaty bones more than any dog breed. The benefits of the raw dog food diet are very important for all pug owners.
Their lack of snouts makes pugs very prone to dental problems, most especially plaque. And plaque, as we know, never stays in the mouth area only. It can travel to the dog’s internal organs like the heart and the liver. The gnawing and tearing action of the jaw muscles while a pug eats a raw meaty bone eliminates plaque. Thus, the pug’s gums and teeth remain healthy. On top of eradicating dental problems (and subsequently internal organ problems as well), whole and fresh dog food provides wonderful nutritional benefits. It is tailored to any dog’s digestive system and keeps your pug healthy and free of any allergies and cancers that are seen in modern kibble-fed dogs.
For more information on raising and taking care of pugs, visit the excellent resource site, The Pug Owner Guide