Welcome to my complete guide for feeding your Maltipoo puppy!
Making sure your puppy gets the right food is a big responsibility as a pet owner.
It’s not just about filling their tummies – it’s about giving them the right stuff to grow, develop, and have a long, healthy life.
This guide is here to help you with Maltipoo nutrition.
You’ll learn about what they need to eat and when to feed them as they grow. I’ll also tell you about some great puppy food, treats, and extra nutrients we recommend.
These choices are made to help your Maltipoo live a long, healthy life.
Whether you’re new to owning a Maltipoo or you’ve had puppies before, I hope this guide gives you the info you need to decide what to feed your Maltipoo.
Let’s get into the details of feeding Maltipoo puppies!
Nutrition Needs of Maltipoo Dogs
Maltipoo puppies, just like all puppies, need a special mix of nutrients to help them grow and become strong.
A Maltipoo is a mix of a Maltese and a Poodle, getting qualities from both kinds of dogs. Because of this, they need a bit different kinds of food that match their special traits.
Protein: Protein is like the building blocks for your puppy’s body. It’s super important because it helps muscles, tissues, and organs grow.
When you pick food for your Maltipoo puppy, make sure it’s got high-quality animal proteins as the main ingredient.
Fats: Fat is needed in your Maltipoo’s diet, but not too much. Healthy fats are good because they help the brain grow, give energy, and keep the fur shiny.
Look for foods with omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids.
Carbohydrates: Carbs are what give your puppy the energy to run around and have fun. But not all carbs are the same.
Whole grains, fruits, and veggies are great because they have complex carbs and fiber. This makes your puppy feel full and keeps their tummy working well.
Vitamins and Minerals: These are the important helpers for many things in your puppy’s body, like helping bones grow and keeping their immune system strong.
Usually, they come from good food, but sometimes your puppy might need extra help from supplements to make sure they’re getting enough.
Water: Puppies need lots of water to stay healthy. They need more water compared to grown-up dogs, considering their size. So, always make sure your puppy has clean, fresh water to drink.
What’s cool is that these important nutrients are found in good puppy food, treats, and extra nutrients too.
In this article, I’ll talk about foods, treats, and extra stuff that have a good mix of these nutrients. They come from safe and healthy sources.
How Frequently Should you Feed your Maltipoo?
Creating a consistent feeding routine is important for your Maltipoo puppy’s well-being. Below is a basic schedule based on their age:
8-12 weeks: During this time, puppies should eat four times each day. Their tummies are small, so they can’t eat a lot at once. But because they’re growing fast, they still need lots of good stuff.
3-6 months: As they get bigger, you can give them food three times a day. This helps them get used to eating more like grown-up dogs.
6-12 months: When they’re around six months old, you can cut down to two meals a day – usually in the morning and at night.
How Much Time Can a Maltipoo Go Without Eating?
Maltipoos, just like many dogs, shouldn’t go without food for more than a day (24 hours). But going a long time without eating can make them very sick.
You need to know that while dogs can manage without food for around 3-5 days, it’s not a good idea and can really hurt them.
Following the advice from the vet about how often to feed them is super important for keeping them healthy and happy.
I really don’t recommend not giving your dog food because it can make them very unwell.
How Much Food Should I Give to My Maltipoo?
- 2-4 lbs: Give them around 1/3 to 1/2 cups of food each day.
- 5-8 lbs: They’ll need about 1/2 to 3/4 cups of food each day.
- 9-12 lbs: Feed them around 3/4 to 1 cup of food each day.
- 13-16 lbs: They’ll do well with about 1 to 1 1/4 cups of food each day.
- 17-20 lbs: Give them roughly 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 cups of food each day.
Keep in mind that these are just rough ideas, and you should change the amount of food based on how active your puppy is, their age, and how healthy they are.
Different foods have different amounts of calories, so these amounts might not be the same for other kinds of food.
It’s really important to talk to your vet to know exactly how much to feed your Maltipoo. Vets can give you advice that’s just right for your puppy’s needs.
They can also help you watch how your puppy grows and check their weight to make sure they’re eating the right amount.
What Human Foods Are Safe for Maltipoos to Eat?
Maltipoos can have certain human foods in moderation, as long as they’re plain and don’t have extra spices, salts, or oils. Here’s a quick list:
- Peanut Butter: It’s good for protein and healthy fats, but make sure there’s no xylitol, a harmful sweetener for dogs.
- Cooked Chicken: A healthy protein that’s easy on the tummy.
- Carrots: These are good whether cooked or raw, full of vitamins and fiber.
- Blueberries: They’re full of good stuff like antioxidants and fiber.
- Pumpkin: Really good for their tummy, but use plain, not the sugary or spicy kind.
- Green Beans: These are low in calories and high in fiber, a good snack.
- Sweet Potatoes: When cooked, they have fiber, vitamins, and minerals.
Keep in mind that these foods should add to your Maltipoo’s balanced diet, not be their main food. Always talk to your vet before you make big changes to what your dog eats.
Choosing and Storing Food for Your Maltipoo Puppy
When you’re getting and keeping food for your Maltipoo puppy, there are a few things to do.
First, when you buy food, make sure it’s the right kind for puppies. They need different stuff than grown-up dogs. Look for food made just for puppies, and make sure it’s good quality without fake stuff in it.
Once you’ve got the food, you need to keep it the right way. Put it in a container that seals tight and keep it in a cool, dark place, away from sunlight. Also, be sure to use the food before its “use by” date.
Doing these things helps your Maltipoo puppy eat right and stay healthy.
Why Fresh Water and Keeping Maltipoo Puppies Hydrated Matter
Maltipoo puppies must have fresh water to stay healthy and not get thirsty. Having clean water all the time is super important. Put the water bowl where they can reach it and change the water every day.
Puppies can get dry quickly because they’re more energetic than grown-up dogs, so make sure to watch how much water they’re drinking.
Moreover, it’s important to let your puppy play and move around a lot. This helps them stay hydrated.
And don’t forget, you can ask your vet for more advice on keeping your Maltipoo puppy well-hydrated.
Why Treats and Training Matter
The role of treats is big in a puppy’s world. They’re not just yummy snacks; they’re like magic for training and getting close to them.
When you use treats the right way, they can help make good actions stick, which is super important for training them well.
I give puppies treats when they do good things and learn new stuff. Getting a yummy treat right away helps them remember the good things they did.
This makes learning fun for them and really works for us too.
But treats are more than just training tools. They’re a fun way to give your puppy some extra happiness and can even make regular stuff, like grooming or going to the vet, more enjoyable.
They’re awesome for keeping your puppy busy and thinking.
Still, remember to not overdo treats.
As a basic rule, treats should only be about 10% of what your puppy eats each day. This way, they still get most of their important nutrients from their main meals.
Picking the correct treats matters a lot too. You should go for something that’s yummy but also good for your Maltipoo puppy.
Foods You Shouldn’t Give to Maltipoo Puppies
Knowing what to feed your Maltipoo puppy is really important, but it’s also crucial to understand what foods you should stay away from.
Some things that are okay for people to eat can actually be really bad or even dangerous for dogs. Here are some foods you should never give to your Maltipoo puppy:
Chocolate: Chocolate has something called theobromine that can hurt a dog’s heart, make its muscles shake, or even cause seizures.
Grapes and Raisins: These can mess up a dog’s kidneys and even a small bit can make them really sick.
Onions and Garlic: These foods can make a dog’s tummy hurt and might even damage their blood cells.
Alcohol and Caffeine: These can cause all sorts of issues in dogs, like getting them drunk and messing with their nerves. It can make their heart go super fast, lead to seizures, or even be deadly.
Xylitol: This fake sweetener is in things like sugar-free gum and candy. It makes dogs’ insulin go crazy fast and makes their blood sugar drop too much.
Avocado: Avocados have something called persin, which can give dogs tummy trouble like throwing up and diarrhea.
Dairy Products: Some dogs can’t handle dairy and it messes up their tummy.
Raw Meat, Eggs, and Bones: These can have bad germs like Salmonella or E. coli that make pets sick. Also, raw bones can choke a dog or mess up their tummy.
High-Sodium Foods: Foods with lots of salt can make dogs drink and pee too much. In bad cases, it can even poison them.
Keep in mind, this isn’t everything, and there are more foods that can be bad for dogs. If you’re not sure if something is okay for your Maltipoo, ask your vet before giving it to your puppy.
Also, make sure these foods are far from where your puppy can get them. Teach everyone in your family about these foods so your Maltipoo stays safe.
Preparing Homemade Food for Puppies
Homemade diets can be more natural and tastier for your puppy. They let you decide what your dog eats.
But there are things to think about too. Making sure your puppy gets all the right nutrients in the right amounts is really important, and it’s not easy to do on your own.
Feeding your puppy homemade food takes a lot of time. Before you decide to go this way, be ready to spend time planning everything carefully.
Properly feeding your Maltipoo puppy is super important for taking care of them.
When you get their diet and feeding times right, plus the right treats and maybe some extra stuff, you’re setting them up for a healthy life.
Just know, as your Maltipoo grows, what they need to eat changes too. Regular visits to the vet are key to making sure their food keeps fitting their needs.
Also, always watch out for foods that are bad for dogs and keep them away from your puppy.
By following these ideas, you’ll be doing a great job taking care of your Maltipoo puppy. Enjoy feeding time!