Are you thinking that you should make your own dog food? Understanding the nutritional requirements of a Maltese dog is the key to making the perfect and nutritiously healthy dog food at home. Food that you prepare for your Maltese pup should be both tasty and healthy.
Another important point is to remember all the ingredients that should NOT be added to your dog's food. A few ingredients that are unhealthy and can be fatal to your Maltese include citrus oil, mushrooms, and avocados. A complete list (over 60!) of these dangerous foods can be found in this home cooked dog food guide.
Do not feed your dog what you are eating, as most human food includes some of these ingredients. Ideally, a dog's diet should be composed of 30% starch (some people argue that this can be left out entirely though), 30% vegetables and 40% protein. These are the major food groups that you should choose from when making your own dog food.
Maltese dogs are small in size and have a very friendly personality. This makes it easier for dog owners to take care of them. However, being so small and fragile, these dogs need special attention. They also tend to be picky eaters, so finding their favorite flavor combinations is a must.
There are specific nutritional needs for all dogs to stay healthy. If they fail to receive all the nutrition they require, they will end up developing a variety of diseases and problems. Therefore, if you are making dog food for your Maltese, you must ensure that it is a balanced diet.
Use organic and natural ingredients to make healthy homemade dog food recipes for your pet. Preservatives and additives can be troublesome for Maltese dogs. A healthy pup requires a good percentage of protein in their food, use venison, fish, rabbit, lamb, chicken or beef. A combination of fat and high protein (which can also be provided as a fatty-acid supplement) is a great way to maintain a healthy coat for your Maltese.
There is some debate about whether carbohydrates are really needed in the diet of a Maltese dog. Some people add them, but it is not required. Good sources of carbohydrates include wheat, rice, soybeans and corn. Vitamins and minerals are also a vital component for the diet of your dog. Quality vitamins can be purchased from a vet office or store. You can easily add these vitamins to home cooked dog food.
You will be required to spend both time and effort to prepare home cooked dog food for your Maltese.
But the actual sight of an older dog playing and appearing as a little puppy will be absolutely enchanting and worth it. Of course if you want the benefit of healthy home cooked dog food even if you don't have much time to spare, you can still do it with a little help from Sojos.
See how they make homemade pet food easier to do.
Dog foods available in stores are not always healthy and safe. So in order to be on the safer side, try out some homemade dog food recipes. Here are some great tips:
Fry ground meat until it is completely browned. Add rice and stir to mix well.
Add the 3 cups of the broth and bring to a boil. Simmer for five minutes.
Add all veggies and remaining broth. Simmer for another 20 minutes, or until broth is completely absorbed.
Stir in any dog vitamins (if desired) and let cool.
Immediately serve, or freeze this dish in individual portion sizes for up to 3 months for later use.
Tell other Maltese dog lovers all about how you make your own dog food. Does it take a lot of time and planning? What recipes or products do you recommend and why? Please include pictures of the yummy food too!
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