What is the best food for a Maltese?

You might not know it, but Maltese dogs have a royal history! Queen Elizabeth I, Queen Victoria, and Mary Queen of Scots all had a fluffy Maltese by their side. When you’re feeding your own Maltese, you want them to eat like the kings and queens they are.

Here is some advice to help you sort out the kibble from the snacks.

Firstly, the Maltese breed can be a bit finicky when it comes to what kind of food they prefer. Unlike bigger breeds who will eat just about anything, Maltese dogs prefer smaller portions of high-quality food. So don’t try to feed them the same volume of food you would a larger breed.

When planning your little buddy’s meals, protein should take the main stage. Ingredients such as chicken, beef, fish, or turkey should be at the top of your dog food ingredient list. But remember- in dog food ingredients, the items are listed in order of weight, so make sure the protein source isn’t just a by-product or a lesser quality version. The Maltese breed also needs a good balance of fats and carbs, and remember, they have a smaller stomach than larger breeds, so the portions need to be adjusted appropriately.

Another significant element of your Maltese’s diet is grains. While some people believe that grains aren’t good for dogs, a little bit of grain in the diet can be beneficial. Whole grains like brown rice or barley can provide your pet with essential vitamins, minerals, and fiber. However, if you notice that your Maltese is showing signs of a grain allergy (itchiness, dry skin, vomiting, or diarrhea), you may need to switch to a grain-free dog food.

Many Maltese dog owners make the mistake of offering too many treats. While it’s hard to resist their pleading eyes, too many treats can lead to obesity and other health problems. Treats should only make up 10% of your Maltese’s daily calorie intake.

One interesting fact about our furry friends is that they are prone to dental problems. Kibbles that are specially designed to clean your dog’s teeth as they chew can help offset some of those dental issues. Look for dog food brands that offer “dental kibbles,” which can help to scrape harmful plaque off your pup’s teeth while they chew and crunch!

Now, let’s introduce some greens. Yes, dogs are carnivores, but a sprinkling of veggies in their diet can be beneficial. Carrots, peas, spinach, and pumpkin are all packed with fiber and can be easily added to your dog’s bowl. Not to mention, the crunch of carrots can act as a natural toothbrush, which can help with those dental issues we mentioned earlier.

What about home-cooked meals? Some owners like to cook for their pets. While there’s nothing wrong with this, you need to ensure that the ingredients you use are safe and balanced for the breed. For instance, onions and garlic are a big no-no for dogs. Also, while a small amount of dairy may be okay, too much can lead to digestive issues.

Specialty foods can be pricy, but remember, because a Maltese is a smaller breed, a bag of quality dog food will last longer than it would for a bigger dog. Looking at quality rather than quantity is always the best option when it comes to your pet’s diet.

So what should you avoid? Just like people, dogs can have allergies. Some common allergy triggers are wheat, corn, soy, artificial colors, and flavors. If you notice your Maltese showing signs of an allergy, such as skin problems, vomiting, or diarrhea, consult your vet to verify whether your pet may have a food allergy.

In the end, every dog is unique. While these are good guidelines to follow when feeding your Maltese, the best food for your furry friend is the one that meets their individual nutritional needs. Consulting with your vet will help you determine what those needs may be. One sure thing is that feeding your Maltese doesn’t have to be complicated. With a focus on high-quality food and a little bit of attention to their lifestyle, you can keep your four-legged buddy healthy and satisfied. After all, they are your royal companions.