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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The Best Dog 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:

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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 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.


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Created by pug owners for pugs, California Gold Small Dog Food has been the favorite food for pugfans all over the country for over 29 years.

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