Once you bring a pug in your household, they immediately become part of the family, and it’s only natural to sometimes fall in to the habit of treating them like humans and giving in to them begging for human food when you sit down for dinner. Everyone knows pugs are purely food motivated!
There a lot of human foods that dogs cannot eat, and cause serious harm if they do; chocolate is a well known one, but did you know onions and garlic can also be harmful to our four-legged friends? You can read more about foods harmful to your dog, in our previous post, here.
You must be careful about what your pug can stick his nose in to and be sure not to overfeed them, as they can easily gain weight, but sometimes giving them something from the table or a few leftovers, is an indulgent way to spoil your pug every now and again. But don’t forget regular exercise!
Here are some things that you puggy will happily munch on as alternative treats, or to add variety to their meals.
This is a great treat option that is free of fat, so your pug can eat as many of them as he likes, both raw and cooked. Dogs will love the crunch of raw carrots and will think they are just like packaged treats!
Dogs will benefit from the anti-oxidant properties of these little fruits, just like humans do. They will also love the sweetness of them, which is a lot better for them than feeding them fatty, or sugary foods.
Just like berries, dogs will love the sweetness of this fruit, which is also very good for them. Watermelon will also help to keep your dog hydrated, so it is a good snack in the heat of the summer. You must be sure that you remove the seeds before you feed any to your pug, as they can cause intestinal blockage if left in the watermelon.
This might be the most delicious option on this list for dogs! Your pug would wolf a piece of chicken down given the chance; which is great, as chicken is full of healthy protein. However, don’t give it to your pug if you have cooked it with any onions, spices or excess oils, as this can be harmful for his stomach.
This is another delicious treat for dogs, which they may eat more of then you think, as it is very often used as filler in dry dog food, but that just makes the freshly cooked version even nicer! Similarly to chicken, make sure the rice hasn’t been cooked in any spices or onions and garlic before you put a few spoonfuls down for your pug.
Like berries, your dogs will love the sweet squishy-ness of bananas, and they are just as good for them! Bananas are a good option if you have run out of your pug’s favourite treats; just slice up a banana and you’re all set.
Your pug will most likely go crazy for cheese. All dogs love it, and who can blame them? It’s rich and creamy, and a far cry from regular dog food, and it’s even high in protein! But it can also be high in fat, so obviously don’t overdo it with the cheese. Some dogs can also be sensitive to dairy, just like humans, so be aware of this before letting your pug have a nibble.
Similarly to cheese, your dog will absolutely love peanut butter, but you should still be aware of the fat content, so try a lower-fat, sugar-free variety to feed you pug. Try spreading some on an apple slice, and see how quickly your pug gobbles it up.
Like chicken, eggs are a great source of protein and other vitamins, and you can make them poached, boiled or scrambled, your pug can have what you’re having. However, do make sure that the egg is cooked thoroughly, as raw egg can cause stomach upsets.
You could also give your puggy cooked salmon, green beans, sweet potato, pumpkin or yoghurt. These are all great options to try if you find your pug has become a slightly fussy eater, however impossible that might be for a pug!
As always, this is general advice and suggestions for treats, and we are not professional pet care specialists. Always talk to your veterinarian before making any major changes to your dog’s diet, and be aware of any allergies they may have or medications they may be on. See your veterinarian immediately if your dog has a reaction or becomes distressed.