Pug allergies are a major concern for pug owners. Allergies will typically fall under food allergies or environmental allergies. In the environment allergies to grass (lawns, etc) can be common; pesticides and other toxins can be factors, yet fleas (as well as other insects) are a major pug allergy. Many times the allergies are hard to pinpoint as they could be multiple including "hereditary". Because of over-breeding or breeding pugs with known health issues, a pug puppy could already have allergy issues.

Without an extensive budget for tests, an owner needs to have a lot of patience and start methodically, tackling eitheir the food or the environment first. Using non-toxic remedies for skin soothing, flea prevention are very useful. For example, bathing the pup in room temperature water, mild shampoo or tea-tree oil based shampoo is essential as well as treating the skin with the tea-tree oil after the bath. Grooming it with a flea comb (it is specific) and eliminating fleas in all the house and yard is imperative in eliminating pug allergies.

Pug food allergies can be a worrisome issue for the owners too. So many dogs are suffering health issues from poor nutrition; and no wonder, most commercial dog food contains a multitude of unhealthy and allergy-causing ingredients.

For example, if your pup is itching it could very well be a pug food allergy--the diet/food it is eating. Other factors could be environmental and genetic. However, It is very clear, based on several sources, that the main pug food allergies were 1) Beef, 2) Diary, 3) Wheat. Soy and Corn are also on the list.

According to Wikipedia, "food allergies account for about 10% of all the allergies seen in dogs, being the most common cause after flea bite allergies and atopy (inhalant allergies). Food allergies generally account for 20% of the causes of itching and scratching in dogs". So, if you have eliminated fleas on and off the pug, it is a good probabality pug food allergies are present if it is showing symptons.

The most recent fad of "grain-free" dog food is a sign that dog owners are aware that grain could be a cause of their dog's food sensitivity; but the truth is that not all grain is on the list of allergens. If you suspect pug food allergies, do not assume it is the grain.

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Most common pug allergies have to do with their food. Most informed pug owners will tell you to read the label on the dog food when you ask about treating pug allergies. Many major pet food brands still contain very unhealthy ingredients, all the way from parts of animal products that no dog should eat to chemicals that can cause your pug allergies.

If you are to address health issues one must start with the food. Look for food that is natural, not processed, with few ingredients, something that you would eat on a daily basis. We do not eat the same thing every day, neither should a pug. The different formulas of California Gold Small Dog Pet Food offer to relieve pug allergies with this method of alternating food sources.

The Best Food for Pugs with Allergies

Our California Gold Small Dog Pet Food addresses pug food allergies with five formulas.

These are the 3 Add-Your-Own-Meat-formulas:

pug food allergies

1) Oats, Veggies N' Fruit Formula

2) Rice, Veggies N' Fruit Formula

3) Grain-Free, Veggies N' Fruit Formula

1) Oats, Carrots, Sweet Potatoes, Apples, Cranberries
2) Brown Rice, Carrots, Sweet Potatoes, Apples, Cranberries
3) Carrots, Sweet Potatoes, Apples, Cranberries


These are the 2 "Protein-Complete Formulas:

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1) Protein- Complete Oats Veggies N' Fruit Formula

2) Protein- Complete Grain-Free Formula


1) Oats, Carrots, Sweet Potatoes, Apples, Cranberries, Peanut Butter, Canola Oil, Honey, Soy
2) Carrots, Sweet Potatoes, Apples, Cranberries, Peanut Butter, Canola Oil, Honey, Soy


A good diet, a healthy pug food can strengthen their immune system, resulting in fewer or no pug allergies, soft and shiny coats, increased energy, and from our experience, increased longevity.

Many of our pet food customers have fed their pugs and other breeds since they were puppies; many have stated relief of pug allergies and other pug health problems and many of their pugs have lived longer than expected healthy lives. You can see all the formulas here, faq here.

From Wikipedia:

Food allergies in dogs and hypoallergenic diets

Dogs are prone to have adverse allergic reactions to food similar to human beings. The most common symptoms of food allergies in dogs include rashes, swelling, itchy or tender skin, and gastrointestinal upsets such as uncontrollable bowel movements and soft stools. Certain ingredients in dog food can elicit these allergic reactions. Specifically, the reactions are understood to be initiated by the protein ingredients in dog food, with sources such as beef, chicken, soy, and turkey being common causes of these allergic reactions. A number of "novel protein" dog foods are available that claim to alleviate such allergies in dogs.

Hypoallergenic diets for dogs with food allergies consist of either limited ingredients, novel proteins, or hydrolyzed proteins. Limited ingredients make it possible to identify the suspected allergens causing these allergic reactions, as well as making it easy to avoid multiple ingredients if a canine is allergic to more than one In novel protein recipes, manufacturers use ingredients which are less likely to cause allergic reactions in dogs such as lamb, fish, and rice. Hydrolyzed proteins do not come from a novel source; they could originate from chicken or soy for example. Hydrolyzed proteins become novel when they are broken apart into unrecognizable versions of themselves, making them novel to allergic gastrointestinal tracts.

Grain-free and low-carbohydrate

Some dog food products differentiate themselves as grain- or carbohydrate-free to offer the consumer an alternative, claiming carbohydrates in pet foods to be fillers with little or no nutritional value. However, a study published in Nature suggests that domestic dogs' ability to easily metabolize carbohydrates may be a key difference between wolves and dogs.

Studies published in 2018 suggest a possible link between grain-free diets and severe heart disease in dogs. While the FDA is continuing to investigate, recommendations against grain-free and exotic diets, based on findings of taurine deficiencies found in dogs on such diets suffering from heart diseases that are uncommon for their breed.

Carbohydrates in dog food contribute to approximately 3.5 cals of energy per gram, the same as protein per the modified Atwater method of calculating metabolizable energy.



Are pugs hypoallergenic

Created by pug owners for pugs, California Gold Small Dog Food has been the favorite for pug food allergies.

California Gold is
1) All-natural Real Food
2) No chemicals
3) No Soy*, Wheat, Sugar, Dairy
4) No Gluten

5) Pug Allergies Assistant
5) FREE Vitamin & Mineral pack included 

* except in Protein-Complete Formulas


A letter from on our customers, about a remedy for itching

Hi Bruno,

I have not tried the No-cook formula. I am willing to try it for them. I know the food is healthy for them but Shepherds are sensitive dogs as I've learned. They are actually itching again and I think it might be seasonal. I make the gardeners use non-toxic materials in the yard and the groomer uses gentle calming shampoo. They were fine all summer but they are scratching again so now I'm wondering if its just allergies.

I've taken to them several times over the 4 years of their lives for allergy tests and they always come back negative. I'm not going to subject them (or me) to that anymore. My brother thinks it might be their new under coat of fur coming in. I just don't know. After thinking of all this who knows what caused their itching in the past. Could have been anything. I liked giving them your food because I always added cod liver oil which has done miracles for all my dogs.


I'll tell you a story just so you could pass it on to any client that could have a pet suffering from this.


My Chihuahua was a couple of months old when we got her and shortly after that her ears looked like they were being eaten away from the tips down. We brought her to 3 vets including a dermatology specialist vet in Manhattan and all the meds they gave us did nothing but make the poor puppy suffer. I decided not to give it to her anymore because clearly it wasn't helping and she was being traumatized by us shoving a dropper down her throat besides the cortisone creams etc. on her ears.


The dermatologist told me this was a phenomenon in dogs and they don't know why it happens and usually cannot stop it. My entire family was googling this trying to find a solution and the pics are horrible. She was tested for mites, bacteria and anything else you could think of and she didn't have anything.

So one day my brother was in Pet Smart around this time and a worker suggested the cod liver oil. So we started putting it in her food (your food) and her ears started clearing up right away!! It stopped the disintegration of them quickly and repaired most of the damage. She still has the very tips missing but its so much better than it was and we can live with that!. I think Veterinary Schools should put this on their list!

I tried to attach a good photo of her but I've been moving them around so this was the closest one I could find on my laptop.




Greenwich, CT




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