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If you’re a pug owner, then you’ll know how much pugs love to eat. You might even have noticed some have weird eating habits.
Does your pug eat fast? I mean like, gobble down their grub like it’s their last meal! Or do they eat much slower? Maybe they playfully inspect their food right before chowing down?
In this blog, you’ll find out why they eat the way they do, get tips on how to slow down their eating, and how you can avoid other potential problems due to their strange eating habits.
Some pugs tend to eat fast if they feel threatened in some way by other dogs. It’s common in multi-dog households and usually starts when they are nursing as a pup.
Known as competitive eating, this behaviour can turn into a nasty habit as they grow into an adult. One of the reasons some are so over-protective of their food is simply because they think other dogs will steal it from them!
Ha! They’re probably right too!
That’s just one reason why you should have separate feeding and drinking bowls for each of your pugs. It’ll help stop the chaos at mealtimes!
Pugs require the just right amount of high-quality, nutritious food to keep them healthy and help them grow.
If they don’t get enough nutritional value at mealtimes i.e. bad-quality, nutrient-low dog food, some will wolf down their grub as fast as they can because it doesn’t satisfy their needs.
Medication Can Affect Appetite
If your pug is on any medication, it can lead to changes in their appetite. Although in most cases, it causes them to eat faster.
If this is the situation with your pug, consult your vet about the side effects and how to best address them.
Your vet might also check for intestinal parasites –– which steal the nutrients from their food –– that can wreak havoc on your pugs’ appetite.
Risks When Pugs Eat Too Fast
Eating too quickly brings many risks for pugs like:
Knowing these risks would make any pug owner feel worried or concerned about their pug’s health. The last thing you want is a sick, unhappy pug with serious eating problems.
But hey, you shouldn’t worry too much! Because we’ve put together a list of things to watch out for. So can make sure your pug stays healthy.
If you’re using a giant bowl to feed your pug, make sure you don’t fill it to the brim. Over-feeding your pug is a sure-fire way to give them serious weight problems, as well as a host of other issues.
Firstly, you’ll need to know the right portion sizes based on their age, size and weight. If you’re not sure, ask your vet. Once you know the right serving sizes, you can get the right-sized bowl for that portion size.
Stainless steel bowls are the best, as opposed to the plastic ones. For one, they last far longer. They also won’t get scratched giving bacteria a place to breed.
Not only that but some pugs may develop an allergic reaction to the plastic in the bowl or chew them to pieces if they get bored.
Along with the right food and right serving sizes, you also need to stick to a regular eating schedule. You can’t just give your pug food whenever they hit you with those puppy’s eyes!
These treats should be a reward to send a job well-done signal… and not to keep them full! Be sure to offer treats with no additives too to keep them healthier.
Slow-feeder bowls are designed with ridges and bumps to slow your pugs eating by making it more difficult for them to get at the food.
Or you could also try a portion pacer which is an orb that you place in the bowl that forces them to eat around it.
Most pugs are known to eat anything and everything as fast as they can. But others are fussier and will take their time when eating. There can be a lot of reasons for this.
If it’s a medical reason, you’ll want to find this out straight away. You should consult your vet to rule out any illness, dental problems, or allergic reactions.
If your pug gets the all-clear –– and it’s not a medical issue –– and they are neither underweight nor overweight, it could be a behavioural issue.
Do you hand-feed your pug? If you do, they might have grown used to it and now they expect it from you all the time. You might also notice they’ll demand food from your hand and refuse to eat from their bowl. This is a behaviour you’ll want to avoid.
Ever notice your pug being over-picky when only given dry food? Some pugs will only eat wet, canned food because, well… that’s what they prefer!
Of course, it’s fine to feed them only wet food. But with some pugs, it can cause runny stools which gets messy. And in other cases, it may be harder to keep their teeth healthy because of the teeth-cleaning benefits they miss from the dry kibble.
Maybe your pug is eating elsewhere? Sometimes your pug may sneak meals somewhere or be fed by someone else. Make sure to check whether your family members or neighbours are feeding them without you knowing. Otherwise, they could become ill.
You should also make sure your rubbish bins –– inside and outside your home –– are properly sealed, so your pug can’t get at them and swallow something they shouldn’t. Curious pugs have been known to take a liking to the contents of a bathroom bin from time to time!
As mentioned earlier, you should look at the type of feeding bowl you use. Make sure it’s not an over-sized bowl or a raised bowl.
This way their neck stays in a comfortable position, so they don’t have to over-stretch while eating. This also means you’ll reduce the risk of bloating and other gastric issues.
Next, assess his eating area. Sometimes pugs feel vulnerable when eating, especially if they’re the nervous type. A quiet corner where they can eat without foot traffic, loud noises, or other potential stressors is best.
And if you live in a multi-dog household, make sure that each pug has its own designated eating area and its own individual feeding bowls. This way you’ll avoid unnecessary fighting at mealtimes.
If you only feed your pug wet food, why not try out adding some kibble too? You can gradually make the switch. Start by adding just a little. Then a little more. Then slowly edge your way to 50/50, so they get used to the drier food.
Almost all pugs have some sort of strange eating behaviours. And I’m sure your pug is no different! While all pugs may not suffer all the issues above, it’s vital to be aware of them should they arise.
The best way to avoid these unwanted issues is to stick to a regular, healthy diet and routine feeding times. Be consistent in giving them high-quality, nutritious food at the same time every day.
Make sure they have a peaceful place to eat and use the right feeding bowls for your pug’s size, weight and eating behaviour. Doing this means you’ll help to regulate your pug’s eating habits, so they stay healthy.
Remember, early intervention helps to avoid behavioural problems like overprotecting their food, begging and eating stuff they shouldn’t. So it’s best to curb bad behaviours when they’re a pup, or as soon as you see them arise.
It also prevents more serious issues like gastric conditions, obesity, and even dental and intestinal problems that may require expensive vet surgery.
It’s the best way to help them stay healthy, so they can live long, happy, and active lives by your side and avoid any serious health issues.
Not to mention you’ll save a fortune on future vet visits.
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