How Should I Feed My Maltese?
By Little Maltese

The first tip in feeding your Maltese properly is to never buy cheap dog food! Big bags of dirt cheap food are always full of cheap ingredients. Corn and wheat being most popular. Think about this, you could go to your nearest super center or club and buy a 100 lb sack of white flour or corn for dirt cheap, but would you dump that in your pets dish? No. And many dog food companies know people want some meat, or something that sounds like it, in the ingredient list. So they throw the cheapest source of legally acceptable meat/meat product they can find in there. Usually it's scraps from the nearest slaughter house that are thrown to the side and deemed unsafe for human consumption, or meat coming from diseased animals, or both. You do not even want to know half of the things they throw in dog food. It's disgusting. So remember that your dog is what he eats. Feed him high quality food that contains real meat, whole grains, veggies, omegas, and probiotics. And do not fuss over the price, because what you pay in dog food, you'll save at the Vet!! Feed your dog good food, and he'll have a strong immune system and his organs and immunity will function naturally. He won't be filled with toxins, chemicals, and artificial food. He will be healthy.

Feeding Schedule or Free Feed?


Second, many people ask me whether or not they should free feed their Maltese or have them on a feeding schedule? Most dog breeds do require a feeding schedule to avoid obesity, but a Maltese has other needs. Maltese and other small breed dogs are susceptible to hypoglycemia. Hypoglycemia is a condition in which their blood sugar can drop and cause life threatening conditions. You can read more about hypoglycemia on our website, but it can be caused by stress, anxiety, poor diet, over exertion, and fasting. So if your Maltese is not allowed to eat when his body says it needs to, hypoglycemia can set in. That is why we highly suggest free feeding a Maltese. If your Maltese has weight issues, it is best try to use a low calorie food in smaller portions but frequently through out the day, rather than to take food away for a period of time. Let's say for a moment that you are on a feeding schedule. You go to work early and you feed your dog before you leave. Let's say he is then without food for 5 hours. As soon as you walk in the door from work, you plan to feed your pet again. But your Maltese has been waiting for you ALL day to come home. As soon as he hears the key in the door he is bouncing off the walls in excitement! He is so happy to see you! The lack of food in his system combined with the over excitement can easily cause blood sugar to drop. You might see your puppy walking funny, kind of like he's drunk, or shivering. Or he may be the opposite and appear depressed. These are all signs of hypoglycemia and require immediate attention. Let's say this happens when you are not home. What if puppy is tired and hungry and the mail man comes to the door. Your Maltese gets all excited, blood sugar drops, and nobody is there to care for what happens next. It's best to avoid any issues by leaving food out at all time. Only your Maltese knows if he is starting to feel a little tired, and naturally they know what to do, eat. Normally a Maltese eats like a bird anyway. They only eat a few kibbles at a time and get distracted from their food bowl easily. They will also give up eating if given a good chance to hang out with you. All things to keep in mind.

Treats

The same rules for quality food apply to treats. Be sure to feed only high quality ingredients. I don't feed my dogs anything I wouldn't feed myself. It's also important not to feed too many treats. I know it's hard not to spoil the dickens out of them, but it is for their health. If given too many treats, a tiny Maltese tummy won't want regular feeding foods which contain the balanced diet they need to stay healthy and strong. They also like to turn their nose up to anything but treats if they know you'll give in to some begging. So do not tolerate begging. Treats should be given to praise good behavior and on occasion for special moments. They also do not need a five foot cookie bigger than their head. Buy treats made for small breed dogs. They will be size sufficient for their needs.

Breed Specific Foods

All dogs have a blood type just like humans do. Maybe you have heard of the blood type diet for humans? My entire family eats 80% blood type diet. It makes our bodies run smoothly and fight off invaders. If you have a food, like wheat for instance, that maybe makes your tummy upset, you are likely allergic to it, or it is not a food for your blood type. Either way, their are food that everybody avoids because they do not agree with our body. With Maltese, there are also foods that highly benefit or damage their body due to their blood type. I won't get into this blood type thing extensively right now, but I will share the most beneficial ingredients you can feed your Maltese and be on the look out for when buying treats and foods. The ingredients are as follows: Chicken, Fish, Figs, Pea Flour and Brown Rice. These food sources are indigenous to the origin of the Maltese. We have studied many dog foods and experimented with many high quality foods, all good foods, but thus far, NutriSource Grain Free Chicken and/or Origin has been hands down the best foods for a Maltese! Our Maltese are noticeable healthier and happier on these foods. One of our Maltese had a bad bout with allergies one summer and switching food alone cleared the allergies right up!!! We have been feeding these ever since. If you would like more information on blood type diets, or other breed specific foods, don't hesitate to contact us.

How Should I Feed My Maltese Copyright 2014 Little Maltese www.littlemaltese.com
For educational purposes only. Article not intended to replace the advice of a Veterinarian or Pet Health Professional.
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