9 Healthy Snacks You Can Share With Your Pug
We love our pugs and can’t resist those big round eyes when our furry friends are hungry between mealtimes. But just like people, small dogs like pugs need to stick with healthy options to avoid gaining too much weight.
It is estimated that up to 50% of dogs are overweight. Pugs are at an extra risk for weight gain thanks to their short legs and snouts, making exercise tougher and less appealing. Too much extra fat can lead to a shortened lifespan and can even worsen your pug’s breathing troubles. It can also put stress on their little legs, backs and hearts.
The best way to avoid weight gain in your pug is to go for regular walks and to avoid overfeeding. But if you have the following snacks on hand, you can train and treat your pets without risking their health.
9 Fruits & Vegetables For Your Pet To Snack On
(always check with your vet before trying as these lists are based on our experience)
- Green bell peppers
Peanuts are also fine but watch for choking on all.
Some snacks like carrots are more appetizing when slightly softened/cooked and chopped or with the skin broken so dogs can digest better.
One thing to keep in mind is that not all fruits and veg are created equal! Several of the foods that are toxic to dogs are considered healthy to people.
Fruits and Vegetables You Should Not Feed Your Pug
- Grapes and raisins
- Onions, garlic, and chives
- Cherry pits (the flesh is fine) and peach cores
- Apple seeds (the flesh is fine)
These foods are part of a long list of people food that dogs should avoid.
Of course, on special occasions you might want to give your pug something a little special. It’s fine to periodically give your friend treats like peanut butter and frozen yogurt, and even special baked goods that make snack time fun!