Sunday, April 8, 2012


Just over a month ago, I adopted I lovely little pug lady from a breed rescue here in California.  For those of you who are not familiar with the adoption process, it is rather involved.  There are phone interviews to be had, emails to be sent, applications to fill out, and home visits to pass.  Long story short: unless you are completely dedicated to the little fur person you are about to bring into your home, and completely besotted with their breed, you're better off adopting a child from some Third World hellhole or just getting a Capital One credit card-- the process is less involved.

Even before I had pet adoption visions in my head, I had spent the better part of a decade helping with the care of my "fur brother," also a pug, and reading extensively on canine health and welfare.  I had experience, I had knowledge, and now I had a pug.  So, in only my second post here on WordPress, I thought I might elucidate you on some of the information that I have learned since formally becoming a pug parent.

  1. Only feed your dog a premium dog food, like Taste of the Wild or  Solid Gold which are grain-free and made in the United States.  Dogs are from the same evolutionary line as wolves.  When is the last time you have seen a wolf chowing down on oats or corn?-- you never have, don't lie.  As such, it makes absolutely no sense to feed your fur child a food that is composed of grains when their digestive tracts aren't designed to deal with them.  Further, like humans, dogs can have food allergies and one of the primary culprits are grains.

    These premium foods are only negligibly more expensive than the highly processed, meat-free foods that contain harmful chemicals like BHA (like *shiver* Kibbles and Bits) that you can buy in the grocery store.  To be frank, if you can't feed your dog the best food possible, you either shouldn't have a dog or be shot in the face.   If you feed your dog Kibble and Bits, you should be shot repeatedly because you are evil.  There, I said it.

  2. Give your dog a bath at least once a week.  Keeping your dog clean also means that you keep them free of allergens that may get attached to their fur while they are romping outside.  Baths, should also be the time that you clean your dog's ears using an epi-otic; check their paws for any cysts, burs, nail fractures, or dry pads.  Make sure to use a high quality pet shampoo that is right for your dog's fur and skin type.  Since pugs are notorious for their dry skin and think coats, I use John Paul Petproducts for mine.  They are pricier, but they last a very long time and have been essential in improving the quality of my little lady's coat and skin.  If your dog's pads are dry, try putting some veterinary lotion on them, like Bag Balm.

  3. Vitamins.  Vitamins, vitamins, vitamins.  You need to give your dog a quality vitamin that is made for dogs.  Check with your vet to see which vitamins are right for your pet and will support their nutrition.

Remember: your pet isn't an accessory, they are a living breathing creature who deserves the best care possible.