The great food debate
Is your Pug an omnivore or a carnivore? this is something people are still arguing over and it’s something you must make your own mind up about.
The scientific studies point to the fact that dogs eat meat and DNA studies show that dogs evolved from wolves. Although our Pugs are a long way evolutionary from wolves they are still dogs.
All dogs have carnivorous traits such as their teeth and digestive systems also their behaviour yet they also are able to digest carbohydrates in the form of vegetation and sometimes things perhaps they shouldn’t eat without too many side effects.
So this is where we have a Choice
Dogs have managed to evolve over thousands of years surviving sometimes on the meat and non-meat scraps and leftovers of humans therefore dogs have proven to be fully capable of thriving on a variety of foods.
The dog food on the market today has an astonishing array of ingredients including meat, vegetables, grains and beans. Unfortunately a lot of them have some ingredients and additives that no one should have in their diet, man nor beast.
We feel quality is extremely important for your dog, as with humans the quality and type of foods they eat will have a huge effect on their health, energy and longevity. It can also have a huge effect on your vet bills.
Poor quality food = poor health for you dog and more vet bills, even possibly a shorter lifespan, this is not what we want for our wrinkly friends.
The Bottom Line
Recognising that dogs are designed to eat meat can make it easier to choose better dog foods. Even though dogs can clearly eat a variety of foods there bias is towards being a carnivore.
Therefore we believe your dogs diet should be predominantly meat and of course add vegetables if they like them.
Be careful of foods that have a lot of grains, rice, your dog may cope with them but some of the other fillers in many commercial pet foods have little or no nutritional value.
While these add bulk to the food so it seems like you are feeding your dog a lot it would be better to feed a high nutritional quality diet in smaller proportions and bulk it out with vegetables which do add nutritional value to your dog’s diet.
Products like corn and corncobs, cereal by-products, feathers, soy, cottonseed hulls, peanut hulls, citrus pulp, screening, weeds, and straw are often included as inexpensive fillers or low-grade fiber content. Why? they bulk the food out and make it look like you are buying a lot for your money.
Whether you believe they’re carnivores or omnivores, dog’s possess an undeniable carnivorous bias.
Meat-based dog foods are closer to a dog’s ancestral diet. They’re more like the real thing and raw is much closer to a dog’s natural diet.
Whatever you decide, carnivore or omnivore, raw or processed, make sure the food you are feeding your dog it is good quality.
It might seem better for your pocket initially to buy the cheaper foods but in the long run it will cost you more:
- Less nutritional value means they will need to eat more
- You may need to add supplements to their diet
- Your vet bills will often be larger because of more health issues
- Your best friend’s life span may be decreased.