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I hope that your puppies have settled down with their digestion.
As far as food, I wanted to point out that as long as the pet food is mass produced, contains animal products, recalls will continue. Other ingredients in this processed food can also make a pup sick. None of these foods are healthy.
Short of cooking your own food from scratch, there is an option with this hybrid/custom
food California Gold Small Dog Pet Food (I have an interest in this food).
It is a limited ingredient formula of just oats (or rice) or grain-free with fruits and vegetables. You add your own clean meat.
Manufactured in small quantities by pug rescuers for pugs, you can get samples at pugzoo.com
Thank you for feeding real food to pugs.
With the preface that every pug (and dog) has different requirements and different abilities to digest, a different taste for food. I have fed California Gold Pug Food ( I have an interest in this food) to over 200 rescued pugs ( I was co-founder of San Diego Pug Rescue) and now “commercially” since ’89. The “secret” to this one is that it is a hybrid of home cooked and purchaseable food. You add your own clean, choice, specifically digestible (to the pug in question), protein (meat, chicken or fish) to these formulas: Oats N Veggies, Rice N Veggies, Grain-Free and Vegetarian. I am not a big time manufacturer; each bag of food is handled individually by myself. I have free samples with free shipping for any of the formulas. From what I see and my customers say with some having 14 and even 15 year “young” pugs, something is good here.
I hope Vader is doing ok.
You may be interested in a couple of formulas I have. They are non-kibble, do not contain any processed ingredients, wheat, soy or sugar or chemicals. One is Rolled Oats, dehydrated veggies, garlic with a packet of vitamin/mineral supplement. These Rolled Oats only contain 4% fat and none of the other ingredients contain any discernible amount of fat. The other formula is Brown Rice with the remainder of the ingredients (veggies, etc). Brown Rice contains less than 1% fat. These formulas are a great compromise between the (horrible) commercial processed food and feeding raw (more preparation than my formulas). You can read about them here California Gold I also have free samples of each formula.
I think you may be interested in a formula that would be a compromise between the raw diet and commercial (kibble) pet food. I have one that is Brown rice, pearl barley, dehydrated raw carrots, red & green peppers, brocolli, garlic including a packet of high-end vitamins and minerals. This one takes the time to cook a pot of rice (20-30 min), you add your choice of fresh meat and it makes about 2 weeks worth of food. The other formula is Rolled Oats plus the veggies and so forth. This one takes one-minute to hydrate. Both would eliminate dealing with raw meat and eliminates all the cons of processed food–meat contamination, lack of nutrients from processing and questionable ingredients. If you or anyone is interested in seeing/reading about these formulas please visit California Gold
P.S. I disagree with the responder that stated that raw veggies are not good for dogs. I haven’t had any problems with any of my dog’s customers in over 13 years and raw is good!
Neither Barley or Brown Rice are a problem for dogs. I have a formula that contains just that,
Brown Rice, Barley (it is Pearl), dehydrated veggies, garlic and vitamins and minerals. In the formula I have used both diced and non-diced and none of my customer’s dog have had any problems with this in 14-15 yrs. If you or anyone wants to know more about this formula, or the others ones I have, please visit Pet Food FormulasJune 3, 2013 at 5:29 pm in reply to: Looking for a new food with limited recall history #18686 Report Abuse
That’s one solid mutt! Yet, a sweetie I am sure. That food is recommended for up to 40lbs so it would not be in your “budget-saving” request. Still a wonderful food for all others. Thanks!June 2, 2013 at 4:32 pm in reply to: Looking for a new food with limited recall history #18643 Report Abuse
Hi Amy, you probably have dozens of foods to try, yet I would like you to check out another one: California Gold Small Dog Pet Food, from Pugzoo.com. You did not mention your breed. This was formulated for pugs by an extremely knowledgeable pug person, but it is good for all breeds, just a bit more expensive (quantity-wise) if you have a large breed. It is one of the few that is truly completely natural, no processing at all–just grains, vegetables, minerals and vitamins. There is an introductory offer for first-time customers and free shipping. They also have a digestive enzymes product and no recall. Thanks!