I have a English pug that weighs 38 pounds and is currently on a prescribed diet dog food from the vet.  He is now eating leaves and sticks when he goes outside and I truly believe that he is doing this because he is so hungry.  I feed him carrots and bananas for treats but he is still gaining weight.  (I have to be honest and say that sometimes I feed him a chip or two and sometimes cheese BUT he looks so sad and he is a potato chip monster).  I took him to the vet last week for a sore on his paw and the vet was very concerned about his weight.  I was wondering if anyone else has an overweight pug and if you might have any suggestions to help Doogie with his weight.  Thanks:)

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Comment by Karen Pug Mommy on May 12, 2011 at 6:59pm
I would substitute the carrots and bananas for green beans.   On the South Beach Diet and other diets they steer humans away from carrots and bananas with the sugar they contain.  Just a thought. 
Comment by tiffany collins on May 11, 2011 at 5:16am
Doogie went to the vet yesterday for his annual checkup and lost 2 pounds.  The vet was very happy and suggested that we keep doing what we have been doing. (A banana in the morning, 1 cup of diet dry food in the afternoon, couple of baby carrots throughout the day, and 1/2 cup of dry food in the evening.  She did say that Doogie needs to lose a couple more pounds but was happy that Doogie has a waist now.  Thank you everyone for all of your comments and suggestions:)
Comment by Desiree Rios on May 10, 2011 at 8:56pm

My pug Bella is a little fatty, 25lbs, but she is not as big as she was when we got her. We eliminated all table food, except for the rare yogurt or crust of bread. She doesn't beg anymore, unless we're with "strangers" or people she doesn't know.  It took time, but she got used to not getting a snack thrown her way. Now she lays down and looks so sad it almost makes me feel bad for her...then I remember it's a pug I'm dealing with ;) 

She was so heavy we couldn't lift her comfortably, but soon she was down to  25lbs and has become more active. We take her on walks and stick to the amount of food recommended for her weight. 


Comment by Helena Brown on May 10, 2011 at 9:09am

Now my Guy is Big, he seems to tower all the local Pugs but that is too big. Hektor is around the 26lb mark and need to lose another 2lbs.

Hektor has allergies now and things like gravy bones and potato are well of the menu and they should be for yours. Start feeding him only healthy snacks and ration them.Hektor has a bit banana every morning, his other treats are a little thin cut ham in small quantities. He is fed on raw meat and veggies and he has one chew bone normally per day.

Once you get your dog used to a better diet he will get thinner and don't pay any attention to his begging. Pugs are born actors, they know how to pull the 'I haven't had a meal for days' lark. For his health sake you have to toughen up.

Comment by mary milton on May 8, 2011 at 9:52pm

I give mine carrots and raw bones such as bison (as it is lean) and bully sticks not sure if your pug would like these but it probably would help with hunger, I also try to look for treats with low calories i know it is really hard not to overfeed treats


Comment by tiffany collins on May 8, 2011 at 9:40pm
Yes, I take Doogie on about 2 walks a day and he plays daily outside with the other dogs. We are going to the vet in Tuesday for his annual, and I am hoping that he has lost some weight. The vet did explain to me that if he did not lose any weight that she wanted to check his thyroid. I was wondering what kind if treats other pug owners are feeding their dogs. Thanks for responding:)
Comment by mary milton on May 8, 2011 at 7:57pm
has your vet checked for thiroid? also if you have a treadmill you could put puggy on it it is very easy for them to gain weight I understand your vet is trying to get thweight down by pres food but these foods have corn in them which is just a iller has no nutritional value are you walking him?

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