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Pug Dog Essential Supplies


While there are quite a few supplies you should have to take care of your Pug puppy or dog, it's important to sort out which are essential needed items and which you really don't need to have. Since everyone is on a budget, it's best to focus on the ones that will improve your Pug's health, happiness, comfort and safety.

Here, we'll take a look at a short, condensed list of supplies that you should have and then dive into more details on each. 

List of Supplies You Should Have for a Pug

  • Food (meals and snacks)
  • Method to offer filtered water
  • Bowls
  • Bed
  • Playpen
  • Toys
  • Dental cleaning
  • Bathing supplies
  • Coat care items
  • Paw and nose care items
  • Car seat
  • Leash, harness, collar, ID tag
  • Basic first aid supply kit
* Optional - supplements, if needed

Now, let's take a closer look to see what you should look for when obtaining each of these items, since most of these can have a huge effect on your Pug.

Food - Meals and Snacks

The food that you choose to give to your Pug for both meals and snacks will have a huge effect on him; both short term and long term. 

You'll want to choose all natural, wholesome foods that do NOT contain artificial flavoring, coloring or preservatives. While these sorts of things are bad for all dogs, the Pug breed in particular is sensitive to these sorts of chemicals. It can cause a range of issues from itchy skin to poor coat and stomach issues (upset stomach, diarrhea, vomiting, etc.)

When you feed your Pug the right food, he'll look healthy and feel healthy; this has a major effect on how he'll feel each day and his health well into the future. 

Method to Offer Toxin-Free Water

It's a bit hard to imagine that something that is available in our houses and used every day can be so harmful; however, tap water in a huge majority of states in the U.S. and in many other places all over the world are absolutely filled with chemicals. In fact, over 2000 have been identified. Here are some important facts to know:
  • Chlorine is added to just about all tap water as a means to kill bacteria. However, chlorine itself is a poison. Long term ingestion can cause cancers and heart disease. 
  • Many parasites that live in tap water are becoming immune to the treatments to keep them at bay. 
  • Fluoride (formerly used as a rat poison) is added to keep human teeth strong, but is toxic to dogs. 
  • When an identified toxin is deemed 'safe' this is based on a 175-pound man ingesting just that one toxin. 
So, as part of the supplies that you have for your Pug, one should be a means of offering clean, filtered water. There are some good options. You can connect a filtering device to your kitchen tap, use a water pitcher with a filter (ranging from a small one or a large one for the whole family) or purchase gallons of bottled water. 

Read more about Pug dog water requirements and issues or look below for great options to remove toxins.

The Right Bowls

Out of all of the supplies that you obtain for your Pug puppy or dog, you might think that choosing the bowl is one of the easiest tasks. However, not putting thought into this can bring about a host of issues. 

The wrong bowl can cause a Pug to have trouble eating, show the effects of contact reaction (most often manifesting as discoloration to the nose) and even lead to dangerous bloat (caused by eating or drinking too fast). 

The best bowls for a Pug are floor level, stainless steel, slow-feeder dishes or alternatively, a floor level, stainless steel bowl with an added portion pacer ball. 

Read more about choosing the best bowls for a Pug or look below for our top recommendations. 

A Quality Bed

Does a Pug need his own bed if his favorite spot is your chair and he snoozes next to you in your own bed? The answer, in most cases, is yes. 

One of the biggest reasons to get your Pug his own bed is to help him have the right set up for when he's home alone. Separation anxiety is a very common issue with this breed since there is such a tight bond between Pug and human. 

A big part of helping a Pug deal with isolation is to offer what will be perceived as a safe den. Dogs that are left to roam full rooms (or the entire house) often struggle more with loneliness. 

When a Pug is in a canine playpen (next supply) and within that has his own bed, this offers a secure feeling of having a den, which is an innate, basic canine instinct that automatically makes a dog feel safer. 

In addition, there are other important benefits including proper support to help prevent issues involving the hips and back.  And the right bed can help with breathing problems, as it allows the Pug to position his body and head to keep breathing passages open. 

A Canine Playpen

If there was just one supply item that drastically changed pet ownership, it would be a playpen. It's amazing just how beneficial these are. 

A majority of problems that owners face can be solved with the right enclosure. And do keep in mind that we are talking about a larger large area in which a Pug has plenty of room to play, sleep, eat and feel comfortable as opposed to a crate which can be terribly confining.

An indoor portable dog pen can help with:
  • Destructive chewing
  • Boredom
  • Separation anxiety
  • Housebreaking accidents
  • Safety issues

Quality Toys that Do Their Job

if you think of toys as being tools and you carefully select a few that do the job intended to meet a dog's needs, you'll find that your Pug is much happier and life is much easier. Remember that it's always better to have a small toy collection that helps a puppy or dog than a huge pile that are ignored.

The right toys will meet chewing needs for pups, keep a Pug entertained both when he's alone and when you're busy, serve to add a sense of security for times that he's not happy that you're not home, and help you and your Pug be active together.

Dental Cleaning Supplies

Why dental supplies? Each supply listed here is here for a specific reason and in regard which one has the most direct impact on a dog's quality of life, at home dental cleaning supplies is certainly at the top of the list.

Far too many dogs suffer the terrible consequences of what happens if oral hygiene is ignored by owners. Yet, when you have just a few of the right items, it takes very little time to take care of this.

What can happen: All around the clock, plaque is being produced. It is a very stick substance that clings to teeth. Within just 3 days it starts to harden into tartar. At that point, it is much more difficult to remove.

The plaque and tartar eats away at the enamel of the teeth, clawing its way below the gum line, and causing teeth to rot. This can lead to quite painful dental infections and will eventually cause a dog's teeth to loosen and then fall out.

What to do: Chewing on toys helps to some degree; however, this by no means removes all of the plaque.

You will want your Pug's vet to perform a yearly dental exam to check for any issues and to do a professional cleaning, if needed.

At home, you can do your part by:
  • Brushing your Pug's teeth once per day with a quality toothbrush and an effective paste. Since dogs swallow the paste, be sure to never use human products, and instead opt for a canine brand that has a flavor dogs love like chicken or vanilla. 
Please note that these do NOT have a foaming agent (since it can cause dogs to choke).
  • Offer a daily dental treat. The #1 dental treat, and endorsed by the Veterinary Oral Health Council, is Greenies. These are really fantastic tools to help your Pug's teeth stay clean and strong. 
Be sure to choose the variety that is right for your particular Pug. The 'Teenies' are for dogs 5 to 15 pounds. The 'Petites' are for dogs 15 to 25 pounds. 

Quality Shampoos and Coat Products

Everything that is used on your Pug's skin and coat is either going to be detrimental or beneficial. And since this breed has very dense fur that needs a strong enough shampoo to penetrate it, along with the need for the product to be gentle to the skin, making sure that it's the right shampoo is vital. 

In addition, both conditioners applied at bath time and leave-in sprays for the coat play a big role in both preventing issues and resolving current ones.

Specialty and medicated shampoos are also covered, which may be needed for everything from allergies to yeast infections. 

Car Seats

If you'd buckle up a baby or a young child, do so for your Pug. The right type of car seats are great for helping to prevent motion sickness, but these are also vital for keeping your Pug safe. A car seat can literally save your puppy or dog's life. 

Read more about the best car seats for Pugs 

Harness - Not a Collar

Some dog breeds can do okay with a collar; but not the Pug. Brachycephalic breeds like the Pug dog are super prone to breathing issues and can overheat very easily. In addition, body structure can increase the chances of injuries such as collapsed trachea.

For these reasons, when you have your Pug on leash, be sure that he/she is on harness and not a collar. 

Read more about harnesses for Pugs


Not all dogs need to have supplements. If your Pug is 100% healthy and is eating a high-quality, top-rated food, there is no need to add anything extra.

Some of the issues that can be treated, at least partially, with supplements includes: 
  • Allergies
  • Coat issues (brittle fur, thinning fur)
  • Skin issues (itchiness, drying, peeling, cracking)
  • Stomach and/or digestive issues
  • Joint or bone issues (past or current hip, back, knee, or elbow issues)
  • Arthritis
  • Trouble gaining weight (puppies) or maintaining
In addition:
  • Those that are being given home cooked food, or for owners not sure if the kibble contains what it should, vitamins and minerals supplements may be needed 
  • Pugs age 7+ should be given joint supplements (to help prevent mobility issues)

Coming Soon.... 

Coming soon will be details regarding:

Paw and nose care items
Basic first aid supply kit
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