Hi I've been feeding my Maltipoo Cesar entrees. Is this a good idea?
We're glad that you asked.
The Cesar Originals (18 different flavor recipes) are just 2.5 star foods. The #1 ingredient is water, which does not start things off well. Then the 2nd food is beef by-products. While the term may seem innocent enough, this is actually me slaughterhouses waste. In other words, the parts of cows that humans do not eat. It can include lungs, brain, fatty tissues, stomach, etc. And to make it worse, the #4 ingredient is meat by-products, which is the slaughterhouse waste of different animals other than cows (most likely pigs, since chicken by-products are the #7 ingredient, and with chicken this includes feet and beaks.
For the Cesar line of Savory delight tubs, with wonderful names such as Filet Mignon Flavor and Pork Tenderloin
are just as bad, with a 2.5 star rating. Most concerning is the by-products and also artificial coloring, which are chemicals that can cause chronic allergic reactions.
The Bistro trays are also just 2.5 stars. Though these have less by-products and more real meat, of concern to a Maltipoo would be the pea fiber, which is just pea hull, this is a cheap filler food with zero nutrients and the minerals in this are not chelated, which means that they can be very hard for a dog to ingest.
In regard to possibly giving your Maltipoo the Gourmet Filets, issues are just about the same as the Bistrol trays.
So, as you can see, these are not good choices. As always, we recommend Orijen, as it is a 5 star food. In looking at the Original Line, the top 9 ingredients are chicken, turkey, flounder, whole eggs mackerel, chicken liver, turkey liver, chicken heart and turkey heart. It includes whole peas which is a healthy carb with good amounts of fiber. There is also red and green lentils, chickpeas and alfalfa (all great, healthy choices). Notably, it contains chicory root, which is a very healthy ingredient that works as a prebiotic (not pro), which promotes the growth of 'good' bacteria in the GI tract, leading to healthy digestion.
For these reasons, we strongly recommend feeding a Maltipoo Orijen, which comes in Puppy, Senior, Tundra, Original, Six Fish, Puppy Large (not for Maltipoos) and Regional Red.
Love, Hugs & Maltipoo Kisses,
The PetMaltipoo Team
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