- Week 1 - 3/4 old to 1/4 new
- Week 2 - 1/2 and 1/2 mixture
- Week 3- 1/4 old to 3/4 new
If the change was made quickly and a Pug is suffering from diarrhea, an owner may need to follow the steps to treat it (more ahead) and fall back to the dog's former food for a while, with plans for the above mentioned slow transition once the Pug is feeling better.
2) Food intolerance
- Milk based products is at the top of this list. Some dairy foods such as cottage cheese and whole white yogurt are tolerated well (and can actually be helpful for some stomach and digestive issues) however many other types of milk products such as ice cream, milk (whole, 2%, 1% and skim) and cheese (such as deli cheese, etc.) can cause diarrhea. It should be noted that large quantities of cheese can have the opposite effect and cause constipation.
If an owner gives a Pug table scraps of certain foods, such as very fatty meats or foods with high oil/fat content, this can cause diarrhea as well.
The best way to resolve this sort of issue is to have all family members agree to only feed the Pug his planned meals and snacks consisting of foods that the Pug tolerates well.
3) Food allergy
- When people talk about a dog having a food allergy, many times this actually pertains to a dog suffering an allergic reaction to a chemical found in manufactured food: artificial coloring, flavors or preservatives. However, some Pugs can have trouble with certain 'real' foods. And it should be noted that dogs can grow into allergies
. Only about 10% of dogs have true food allergies and will be allergic to one or more of these edibles: beef, chicken, lamb, pork, rabbit meat, fish, egg, soy, wheat and/or dairy products.
Aside for diarrhea, other signs may include skin issues
(itching, red hot spots, thinning fur), moderate to severe itching around the anus and/or chronic ear infections.
With diarrhea caused from food allergies, once steps have been taken to treat a Pug for diarrhea, he will recover but almost immediately have troubles again once his normal food is introduced back into his diet. Trial and error is the most common method to resolve this. The Pug is taken off all regular foods, put on a bland diet and then one food is introduced every 2 weeks to identify which one is causing intestinal distress.
If a Pug is having a reaction to the chemicals in manufactured food, a change to a higher quality brand or even a switch to home cooking may be in order.