Pixel the Tiny Maltese
by Kelly P
Pixel is 2.0 lbs at 6 yrs old. My tiny Maltese and sweet. I keep her in full coat, which requires weekly baths and almost daily grooming. To keep her from matting, I shave her sanitary areas, belly, and under her arms. She goes with us to our office every day, and sleeps on a pillow on my desk. Our clients love her and she enjoys playing with the little children that come in, and loves all the attention she gets.
Pixel has her teeth cleaned by a wonderful Veterinary Dental Specialist (Dr. Stanley Blazejewski at VRC in Malvern, PA) every 6-8 months, and I brush her teeth daily at home. She did have one impacted cuspid and some crowding when i got her. We had the cuspid surgically brought down and had some bone grafting done around it. She has had just one extraction so far, but we keep up with her pretty well on the dental front. Periodontal disease is very common in tiny dogs especially. That can lead to heart disease, diabetes, and all sorts of other health issues, so it's so important to take care of your dog's teeth!
We have always fed her Innova tiny bites, but they recently stopped making it. I have been struggling to find another food that she likes AND is good for her. I once switched her to a "raw diet" (Instinct Raw) since I had heard it was better. Her liver enzymes shot through the roof, and they thought she had a liver shunt, but that was ruled out on ultrasound. After spending over $3,000 in testing and meds, her liver is greatly improved and we have come to the conclusion that she cannot handle high amounts of protein. (Innova is just 24%, where the raw diet was almost 40%. I will always be sure going forward that I don't feed her anything with more than a 28% protein.