Feeding Vegetables to Our Pugs ~PUG TIP of the WEEK~

~PUG TIP of the WEEK~
Feeding Vegetables to Our Pugs

Ha Ha just kidding….
We really do love broccoli and we’ve recently added green beans to our diet too!

Veggies?!? YES! We love them. Truth is we love most food. We love to eat!
Sadly once we became mature dogs, we began to gain weight so easily that we were gaining even when we were eating barely enough kibble to make us feel full. That’s where broccoli came in and saved the day! We incorporate a little broccoli into our daily diet and it helps to keep our bellies full while helping us stay slim. Our vet was on board with our plan.

However, we recently come across some writing online which said that too much broccoli could be harmful to us. After reading this, Mom was very concerned and asked our vet again to be clear. Here is what he said:

“Not sure where the information came from on broccoli, but according to both a toxicologist and a nutritionist on VIN, ‘there is nothing wrong with feeding broccoli to dogs unless it is cooked in butter and smothered in cheese sauce’.  No treat should comprise more than 10% of a dog’s daily caloric intake.  The only other caveat that they put on it is that the dog should not have a history of calcium oxalate stones, and as far as I can remember, she does not.”

Mom has taken this advice and made some slight adjustments to our feeding schedule. We now have broccoli only in the morning and have added green beans for a little healthy filler to our afternoon meal.

We eat twice a day and this is our yummy and healthy everyday menu:

Morning:

  • 1/4 cup Wysong kibble (Oliver gets 1/3 cup because he’s a bit bigger and blessed with a faster metabolism.)
  • 1 tablesoon thawed chopped frozen broccoli (We eat our grocer’s brand. It is blanched before freezing so we know it is safe for us to eat.)
  • 1 tablespoon Wysong wet dog food
  • 1 teaspoon Virgin Coconut Oil*
  • 1 teaspoon watery chicken broth (homemade see recipe below**)
    -mix and serve- YUM!

Afternoon:

  • 1/4 cup Wysong kibble (Oliver gets 1/3 cup)
  • 1 tablesoon cooked greenbeans***
  • 1 tablespoon Wysong wet dog food
  • 1 teaspoon watery chicken broth
    -mix and serve- YUM again!

* Mom and Dad add 1 teaspoon of organic virgin coconut oil to our morning meal only. Please see our post on the possible benefits of virgin coconut oil and how our mom eased it into our meals.

**Homemade broth: Mom boils a whole chicken in a big pot of water. She then freezes the broth in small servings. This allows her to add flavor to our meal without all of the additives or unwanted ingredients (onion!) of many store-bought broths.

*** Green beans can be used in addition to kibble to fill bellies a bit more (which is how we use them). They can also be used in substitute of some kibble if you need to shed a pound or too.

If you have interest in trying any of these ideas, please check with your trusted vet and see what she thinks. Then, follow her recommendations as you proceed.

We look forward to hearing from you with any questions, comments and experiences you may have.

Happy Eating and Healthy Living to All!
xoxo always~ The whole Pugs and Kisses family

P.S. We are not gassy pugs. (How embarrassing, but it must be said!) The veggies agree with us. Our humans also think our high quality kibble helps a lot.

PPS We love all products mentioned in this post and we choose to use them because they are high quality. We have not received compensation to mention them.

PPPS We do take some additional supplements  that we have not mentioned, which are specific to our personal needs. If you are looking for supplements,  we recommend discussing it with a holistic vet you trust.

Donna - April 10, 2014 - 2:15 pm

I’ve been mixing frozen cut green beans with Bella’s kibble for about a year and a half. She gets it three/four times a week. It’s about a half to half ratio. Bottom of the bowl gets covered with the green beans, then I cut the amount of kibble in half and pour it over the green beans. It’s helped her lose some weight, which her regular vet, eye doctor and I are extremely happy about.

Sandra Creel - April 10, 2014 - 2:14 pm

Thanks for the info. I have a overweight chi so I try to watch her eating.

Payton's mom - April 4, 2014 - 2:14 pm

What lucky puggies to get such a good breakfast and dinner! D&D enjoy fresh fruits and veggies too.
Love,
Christy

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