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    My pug (Casi) is 2.5 years old. She was at the vets and he weighed her at 22.5 pounds about 6 months ago. She now weighs 25 lbs
    I changed her dog food to evo the ancestral diet about 2 weeks ago. How long should it take to see a weight loss? I am giving her 2/3 cup in am and 2/3 cup in pm. Does anybody have any suggestions for me. I give her tiny carrots as a treat.
    • CommentTimeAug 15th 2007
    I don't know off hand the right amount of food to give, but it sounds like she's got a good diet. My suggestion would be to go on a longer walk. Get that cardio in!Gizmo and Gadget's Dad
    Our pug, Schroeder, was 33 (or more) pounds at his heaviest. [He's a larger-than-normal pug to begin with, too.] We got a second pug that was really active and still slightly puppy and they chased each other around the house and yard all day long. That alone dropped him down to about 27 lbs in less than a year. I also started to give him about half as much food as I was. I took him to the vet Tuesday and he is now down to a respectable 25.5 lbs.

    The key to the weight loss was more exercise. Take longer walks, chase your pug playfully around the house (good exercise for you too!), play lots of ball with them--anything to get them running and moving around.
    • CommentAuthorwombat
    • CommentTimeAug 21st 2007
    Is that a dry food or a wet food? For my pugs, about 1/3 cup of dry food is one meal. If that's a dry food it sounds like you're feeding too much.
    • CommentTimeAug 22nd 2007
    wombat, how many meals do you feed per day?Gizmo and Gadget's Dad
    • CommentAuthorwombat
    • CommentTimeAug 22nd 2007
    I feed two meals a day - usually the other is canned food, but often they'll get 1/3 cup kibble twice a day. And this is a low-fat, weight control food.

    One of my pugs is about 18 pounds, and to maintain her weight she needs no more than that amount. For the other, who's a little bigger, it's more like a heaping 1/3 cup. They also get several treats a day and teensy tiny bits of our dinner.

    The bigger pug was very overweight when she came to us - I think about 26 pounds - and she slimmed down nicely on that amount of food.
    Wambat, your Matt is only 18 pounds? Wow that is small for a pug isnt it? My Casi is 25 pounds. I am still trying to get her to lose weight but I'm having trouble. Now I am talking with my husband about getting another pug. I feed her twice daily (dry evo) 1/3 cup in am and 1/3 in pm, also giving ger 1/4 cup of chopped green beans with each feeding. It seems like if I got another pug they would get more exercise playing together. What do you think?
    • CommentTimeAug 30th 2007
    depends on the dog. Gizmo and Gadget don't run around and play with each other a whole lot, but Gizmo will play with other pugs sometimes. So, it can be a help, but not always!Gizmo and Gadget's Dad
    We got Bullett (who was REALLY skinny) and he ended up being like a personal trainer to Schroeder (who was WAY overweight). They like to chase each other around and play with toys together. It really just depends on your pugs...
    It's been since August, but I am so pleased Casi has lost 3lbs. I got her a little sister to play with. They run around in the yard and they love it. The new one is a Tibetan Spaniel, just turned 1 yrs old. I thought it would be a lot of work to have another dog, but its not that much more work. I love them both. I am having another problem with Casi (the Pug) I read somewhere to mix 1/2 lemon joy with equal amounts of baby oil and that would stop them itching and shedding so much. Well I have done it for 4 weeks now and now Casi is having some blotches looking like she is loosing her hair in spots. It's hard to explain. Is it her winter coat shedding? Please help if any body know what is going on Thanks
    • CommentAuthorRidhima
    • CommentTimeApr 9th 2008
    Hi my pug is about 5 months old and his weight is 15 lbs do u guys think he's over weight
    • CommentAuthorlex
    • CommentTimeApr 10th 2008
    It all depends on the size of your dog. Can you feel your puppies ribs? If you can feel them and a layer of fat/skin you are doing alright but if all you feel is fat/skin then your puppy is gaining weight. It's hard though since you don't want to underfeed them or anything. Make sure you follow the instructions for feeding on the puppy food bag. I was told to switch my male from puppy to adult at 9 months. My first dog i switched after she was a year to adult food and she ended up abit overweight. Gus is 23 lbs and only 14 months... Indy is 10lbs and 2.5 years... so good luck!
    • CommentAuthorvernie1171
    • CommentTimeApr 25th 2008
    Can a pug be too small? Bogey is 15 weeks and he only weighs about 7 lbs. He's crazy active, but I'm worried I don't feed him enough. He gets 1/3 of a cup of dry food twice a day, but the second feeding he gets a little wet food added in. How much depends upon who is feeding him. I give less than my boyfriend.
    • CommentTimeApr 25th 2008
    15 weeks is still very young. what you're feeding him sounds reasonable, I think. does he look too skinny?Gizmo and Gadget's Dad
    • CommentAuthorvernie1171
    • CommentTimeApr 25th 2008
    I guess skinnier than I expected for a pug - but he is just a baby.
    • CommentTimeApr 26th 2008
    if he doesn't seem too skinny, I wouldn't be concerned about not feeding a pug enough. They will certainly let you know if you're not!Gizmo and Gadget's Dad
    • CommentAuthorkaytea
    • CommentTimeApr 30th 2008
    I think some pugs are just "small". Our 2 year old girl weights 14 lbs, and is very healthy. She runs everywhere and is super fast. I was thinking about making her an agility course! We have another little boy who is 1 year and he weights 16.2. We feed them 1/2 cup in the am and 1/2 plus wet food in the pm, their dry food is wellness weight watcher. They are very active together and chase each other around the house and the backyard. We also take them for walk/runs about 3-4 times a week. I think the key is exercise.
    I adoped my brindle pug 4 months ago and my vet told me that my 4 yr old needed to go on a diet. He weighed in at 28lbs. I asked the previous parent and was told that he ballooned up last year after she had him fixed. I tried Canidae and Nutro, but finally had really good results with a "Super Premium" store brand food called NUTRA NUGGETS that they sell at the local KROGER owned grocery stores. (In Washington/Oregon here the Kroger stores are QFC Foods and Fred Meyer.)

    Anyway my chubby little dude dropped about 1 lb a month, and now he's at 25 lbs! I've noticed the fat rolls that used to be around his neck are not there anymore and his snoring seems to have gotten quieter, and he seems to have more energy. I give him 1/4 cup in the morning, 1/2 cup mid-day and 1/4 cup for dinner. So only 1 cup total, and we try to walk at least a mile daily. (4 laps around the school track).

    Anyway the vet told me a healthy pug should be 13-19 lbs. (smaller of course for the runts.) So we'll keep going for awhile, so my little dude can live forever!

    Anyway the store brand food is called NUTRA NUGGETS, and they sell it at the Kroger affiliated grocery stores here. (I'm sure they prob sell it at the other 35 grocery store chains they own.) I'm using the ALL LIFE STAGES Lamb Meal & Rice Formula. And it seems to be doing well on his skin as well. Anyway I'm sure some of the more expensive brands will get higher recommendations, but I can't help being absolutely pleased with how well this "generic" food seems to be working for my little guy.

    Although my boyfriend feeds his dog BENEFUL and I can tell that my dog wants to eat that food more than he wants to eat his own, but if he doesn't have a choice he eats the super premium generic stuff just fine, and thankfully it doesn't give any gas!
    • CommentAuthorruyi
    • CommentTimeSep 10th 2008
    Hi all,

    I'm a little confused and need some feedback.

    My 6 month old female Pug, Qiaokeli (means Chocolate in Chinese), is about 12lbs. Attached pic is of her playing with her English Sheepdog friend, Amma. I think her legs are pretty long for a Pug so she looks quite lean. She's very healthy, very active and looks about the right weight to me. Qiaokeli doesn't look as filled out as an adult Pug. I guess that classic Pug roundness will come as she matures?

    When I take her on walks people have been coming up to me telling me that I underfeed her. They tell me that Pugs are supposed to be fat and "the poor thing" is just too skinny. They even give me bizarre theories that a Pug's stomach is larger than most toy breeds and that they should eat until they're not hungry anymore. Now, I definitely know that's not true. Anyway, what is the average weight of a Pug puppy at 6 months of age?

    Some side info, I live in Beijing and people here in Asia love to fatten their pets. A lot of the dogs here are obese. It just drives me crazy having to explain to them that Pugs are not supposed to be that fat. I haven't been successful in convincing anyone though. lol

    By the way, I love your blog Matt. And great forum too. Love reading about the experiences of other Pug owners.
    • CommentTimeDec 5th 2008
    i wouldnt worry to much when i got my pug he weighed like 4lbs at 8 weeks... the lady that sold him to me wrote on the paper he weighed 6lbs but the next day i took him to the doctors they said he weighed 4 and some ounces...hes now 5 months and around 10 pds. hes very outgoing and runs around a lot. i see little fat rolls on his neck area too. i was told the most a pug should weigh is around 20lbs without being over weightpudgecakes
    • CommentAuthorlola
    • CommentTimeMay 19th 2009
    My pug Lola is a year old and only weight 9.5 lbs. She is healthy and happy and very active. When we go to the dog park she seems so much smaller than other pugs. Her dad weighs 25lbs but her mom is almost 3 and weighs 12lbs. Should I be worried? She doesn't look "skinny" but she does look small.
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