Maltipoo Diet & Meal Plan Advice
By Hungry Bark | July 22, 2021
As a hybrid breed that is part Poodle and a Maltese, the Maltipoo’s endearing nature is both playful and affectionate. Due to its personality, the Maltipoo is excellent for families with small children while also being adaptive to small spaces like apartments, making the Maltipoo a highly desirable pet.
One additional benefit of the Maltipoo is that its coat is a non-shedding breed, making it ideal for people with pet allergies.
As a pet parent and to guarantee you’re providing the best quality of life for your Maltipoo, you want to deliver the purest source of food you can get at mealtime. However, before you select your meal plan, you need to know not every meal plan is created the same.
Keep reading to learn about the nutrition needs, exercise requirements, and how to read a product label to provide your Maltipoo excellent long-term health.
The Importance Of Getting Enough Exercise
As an intelligent breed, Maltipoo’s are great pets to train and teach proper behaviors.
For the quality of life, every Maltipo requires a combination of proper nutrition, daily exercise, and regular visits to the veterinarian.
In general, your Maltipoo should get 30 minutes of exercise every day, including some vigorous activity.
Your Maltipoo will benefit from regular exercise in several ways:
- Strengthen the bond between you and your Maltipoo: Daily exercise will deepen the bond and enhance the trust you both develop. This daily routine will create a happier dog, and a happy dog is a healthy dog.
- Improved Mental Function: Dogs that lack daily exercise show higher stress levels and anxiety while also exhibiting greater fear levels. Exercise serves to calm your Maltipoo’s mind, creating a more even keel pup.
- Corrects Behavioral Concerns: Dogs communicate by actions, and any misbehavior is a symptom that stems from boredom and anxiety. Often these misbehaviors are a way to gain your attention.
- Increased Cardiovascular Function: Daily exercise will strengthen the heart and lungs of your Maltipoo.
- Aid with Digestion: Daily exercise will assist with digestion and waste production and improve your Maltipoo’s appetite. One other feature of daily exercise is better behavior, as dogs without daily exercise show agitation and stress symptoms.
- Weight Management: Living a sedentary lifestyle is the same for dogs as it is for people. Lack of daily activity is linked to increases in cardiovascular disease, impacts weight, and leads to increased heart disease risk.
- Maintain Muscle: Routines that include some vigorous activity will strengthen and maintain your Maltipoo’s skeletal-muscular system and is critical for wellbeing.
- Aids with Flexibility: To ensure healthy joints and muscles, daily exercise is crucial, especially as your dog ages.
One added benefit to a daily routine is providing a source of excitement and bonding between you and your pet. Daily exercise allows your Maltipoo to explore its surroundings and socialize with other animals in the area.
Dogs rely on their sense of smell to understand their immediate surroundings, and daily outside activity allows them to sniff and smell the area. By smelling, dogs can get an idea of potential food and danger that may have come into the area. Sniffing also allows dogs to get new stimuli into their brains that they can process and entertain themselves.
Exercise activities should vary in length, location, and intensity. Your plan should focus on the weather, the terrain around where you’ll exercise, and if you need some ideas, we have a few suggestions you can plan for your Maltipoo.
The key with any exercise and activity is your focus on playing and bonding during the time active.
Walks: You should do walks daily to engage your Maltipoo’s curiosity while getting exercise. Walks have the added benefit of an opportunity to reinforce the bonds as well as work together on good behaviors.
Hikes: Hikes are a great way to mix it up and change the scenario to engage your Maltipoo’s curiosity. Factor in the terrain and weather may have a negative impact, though the benefit of hikes is that you expose it to new smells and surroundings than a neighborhood walk.
Dog Park: For socialization and energy-burning activities, dog parks are a golden opportunity.
The Best Type Of Nutrition For Your Maltipoo
When evaluating the type of meal plan for your dog, consider its age, weight, activity levels, as well as if there are any foodborne allergies.
Just know that not all manufacturers provide attention to detail in their ingredients. Often some several fillers and preservatives may impact your Maltipoo’s health.
Let’s discuss some other factors that are essential in making a correct meal plan decision.
Your Maltipoo’s Age And Weight
It’s a delicate balancing act to find the nutritional and caloric needs.
Our suggestion is to approach your dog’s age first and foremost while choosing your meal plan. Dogs will have other nutritional requirements at different ages, so what you select should be appropriate for their age.
One other factor you need to consider is your dog’s optimal weight and eating habits. Your meal plan should focus on the types of calories and sources of nutrition to maintain a healthy weight.
How Active Is Your Dog
While you consider different meal plans, consider how active your Maltipoo is in your decision-making.
Like people, some dogs will overeat, so evaluating your dog’s ideal weight and activity levels is crucial in choosing your dog’s meal plan.
An active dog will need to prioritize protein over a passive one. High-quality meal plans will list a single protein source such as turkey, chicken, salmon, etc., in the ingredient breakdown before fats and carbs.
Is Your Dog Allergic or Intolerant to Types of Food?
Foodborne allergies can sneak up on anyone, including your dog. In addition, dogs that develop a foodborne allergy are more susceptible to other types of allergic reactions.
When over-stimulated, the science is simple when the immune system aggressively attacks any other potential allergens, causing an overreaction.
Symptoms of food-borne allergies include digestive issues such as diarrhea or excessive itching. Excessive itching happens when the skin becomes irritated, and bacteria get under the skin, causing an overactive itch response.
Another symptom of food allergies is known as food intolerance. This condition is when a dog can’t digest the food they’re eating. It’s similar to a peanut allergy in humans and can lead to severe health consequences in time. You can avoid these foodborne issues if you know precisely the type of food your dog is eating and the source of nutrition that it comes from.
Why Your Maltipoo’s Food Ingredients Are Important
As discussed, providing the proper nutrition that focuses on proteins, carbohydrates, and fats, known as macronutrients, is key to optimal health.
So what is a macronutrient? Macronutrients are the primary energy source that comes from the food you provide. Therefore, a high-quality food list will prioritize protein as a higher percentage of ingredients than carbs or fats.
Benefits of good nutrition for your Maltipoo include:
- Stronger muscles
- Maintain an ideal weight
- Higher levels of energy
- Healthy bones and teeth
- Enhanced immune system
- Better digestion
- Shinier, healthier coats
Food labels should list the source of protein and other ingredients without using any vague and deceptive language.
Understanding The Ingredients Label
When you read the food label, do you understand how it’s written and why the ingredients are listed in the order?
Food labels list the ingredients in priority weight, making the first ingredient the most prominent in the recipe. So when an ingredient list has the protein source first, it is the most prominent ingredient in the recipe.
The FDA regulates what can and can’t be included in the meal plan, but reading a food label is sometimes misleading.
There are four different classifications of how manufacturers may list ingredients in their recipes.
The use of terms such as “the 95% rule, “the 25% rule,” “the ‘with’ rule,” and “the flavor rule” is used to detail the amount of product included in the recipe.
To help you understand, let’s explain how these terms are used in better detail.
The 95% Rule
If a product label includes a term such as “salmon,” it is required to have at least 95% of that protein source in the recipe.
The 25% Rule
Food descriptions such as “dinner, platter, or entree” means the total percentage of that ingredient must be at least 25%.
The “With” Rule
“With” is a misleading term to understand. An example is “dog food with salmon.” While it may sound healthy, the total product must have at minimum 3% of salmon.
The “Flavor” Rule
Just as the “with” rule, any food label that uses the term“flavor” isn’t required to have much protein to their claim.
In general, “flavor” is used as a term describing a product and only needs enough protein sources to be traceable.
When you’re reading a product label, you want to find proteins from a singular source, carbohydrates, and fats in that order. Food labels are listed by weight of an ingredient, so prioritizing protein first guarantees a high protein level in the ingredient.
Proteins are an essential energy source for your dog, and they help build muscle and strengthen bones while also being an excellent source for quick bursts of energy.
Carbohydrates are the next priority as they act as a delayed energy source and break down in the body as sugars. Sugars are the brain’s primary energy source, so having clean carbs will only enhance the mental function of your dog.
Fats act as long-term reserves of energy. Operating similar to carbohydrates, they assist the body with the absorption of vitamins and minerals.
If you’re still confused about the best meal plan for your Maltipoo, the Hungry Bark Custom Meal Planner is a great place to start!
In as little as 2 minutes, the meal planner will customize your Maltipoo meal plan to consider characteristics such as breed, age, weight, and activity level to provide a custom meal plan for long, healthy life.