Your Pug needs a high-energy diet in order to supply her with the fuel she needs to support her tiny body and active lifestyle.
Despite what advertisers are trying to tell you and sell you, most Pug owners agree that there is no acceptable commercial dog food recipe that is deserving of your Pug. Maybe they are right and maybe they are wrong; but don't take chances when it's so easy to follow these nutritional and meal guidelines. Not only will you know for sure what's going into your Pug's tiny stomach, but you'll be doing your part towards keeping your Pug active, energetic and healthy.
Stewed chicken and brown rice is an excellent meal for any Pug. Use dark meat only; chicken legs are a great choice. Stew the legs until the meat can be easily separated. Let the mixture cool until the meat can be safely handled. Remove the meat from the bone and strain the liquid through a cheesecloth strainer to remove all fat and gristle. Return the liquid to the pot and add enough water to cook the rice. Cut the chicken into Pug-sized pieces while the rice is cooking. When the rice is ready, add the meat and it's dinnertime! You can make extra and freeze it for another day.
Ground turkey is another healthy and delicious choice for your best friend. Brown the meat in a skillet with a bit of vegetable or olive oil. Lower the heat to simmer, add some fresh veggies (green beans carrots, asparagus, bits of baked potato or sweet potatoes, but not corn or peas) and continue cooking until the meat is cooked throughout and the vegetables are done but not mushy. Let cool and serve. Freeze or refrigerate leftovers for another day.
Chicken or Beef liver is another Pug favorite that goes well with veggies. Brown the liver in skillet with a little bit of vegetable or olive oil, reduce to simmer and add the veggies. When the vegetables are done, let cool, chop the mixture up and serve. Some recipes suggest adding a tablespoon of honey and fresh yogurt. Liver doesn't store well so make just enough for one or two day's meals.
Scrambled Eggs and Vegetables are a great way to get your Pug off to an energetic start. If you're using two eggs, remove one yolk and scramble the rest in a skillet with low fat milk. Mix in some diced green beans and a bit of shredded reduced fat cheese. Let cool and serve.
There may be times when preparing homemade meals for your Pug is too much of a chore, or you're going to be traveling and cooking is not practical. If you decide to feed your Pug commercial dog food for these or any other reason, only buy brands which display the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) statement indicating that the food "provides complete and balanced nutrition for all life stages of the dog."
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