Required Pug Food

Pugs are notorious for food allergies to wheat and corn. Pug Partners is fortunate to have pet food nutrition experts on our board of directors and will often select a special diet for pugs with severe allergy or health issues. Many of the dogs we see in rescue have had poor diets and are suffering from food related issues, and we can tell when a pug has been fed a low quality dog food.

As a result, we require that our foster and adopted pugs dogs be fed quality food that is wheat, soy, corn and bi-product free.

If you are a foster and do not see a food on this list, please contact Pug Partners, with the name of the food and we will let you know if it is or is not approved and why. We also suggest checking out for an unbiased pet food review.

Approved Brands

  • Addiction Food
  • American Natural Premium
  • Answers Pet Food
  • B.F.F.
  • Bixbi Rawbble
  • Bravo!
  • Canidae (All life stages & Platinum)
  • Caru
  • Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover’s Soul
  • Clovis & Company
  • Diamond Naturals: Grain Free
  • Dr. Harvey’s
  • Earth Animal Wisdom
  • Earthborn Holistics
  • Essence 
  • Farmina: Grain Free
  • Fromm Family Food
  • Grandma Lucy’s
  • Green Juju
  • Koha Pet Food
  • Lotus Pet Foods
  • My Perfect Pet
  • Nature’s Logic
  • Natures Variety (Prairie & Instinct)
  • Natures Variety Instinct Raw
  • Northwest Naturals
  • NOW Fresh
  • Nutrilife
  • OC Raw
  • Open Farm
  • Party Animal
  • Petcurean
  • PetKind
  • Primal Pet Foods
  • PureVita
  • Raised Right
  • Raw Bistro
  • SmallBatch Dog
  • Sojos
  • Solid Gold
  • Stella & Chewy’s
  • Steve’s Real Food for Pets
  • The Honest Kitchen
  • Tiki Dog
  • Tucker’s
  • Vital Essentials
  • Welness Core, Wellness SimpleFood Solutions & Wellness Super5Mix
  • Weruva
  • Zignature
  • Ziwi Peak

Brands to AVOID

  • Blue Buffalo (read about the $32 million lawsuit over false advertising of ingredients)
  • Nestle Purine Brands (Alpo, Beneful, Castor & Pollux, Mighty Dog, Purina One, Purina Dog Chow, Purina Puppy Chow, Purina Veterinary Formulas)
  • Bil-Jac
  • JM Smucker Brands (Canine Carry Outs, Gravy Train, Kibbles and Bits, Milk Bone, Milo’s Kitchen, Nature’s Recipe, Pup-Peroni, Rachel Ray Nutrish, Snausages)
  • Science Diet
  • Mars Pet Food Brands (Cesar, Crave, Eukanuba, Evo, Greenies, Iams, Merrick, Moist N Meaty, Nutro, Ol Roy, Pedigree, Royal Canin)
  • Generally, avoid all grocery brand pet foods

Where to Buy Pug Food Online

If you are unable to find quality food in stores near your home, consider ordering your pug food online. Many sites offer automatic delivery of food so you never have to worry about running out.