For your Maltipoo to be healthy today and for years moving forward, careful thought should go into which brand you choose for his main meals.
Inferior brands can lead to quite terrible consequences. And, many owners are inadvertently feeding their puppies and dogs a less-than-ideal food due to some of the most well-known dog food brands actually being far below expectations.
What you want to avoid:
It is quite shocking what some dog foods have in them and what these ingredients can do to a Maltipoo:
1. Artificial additives.
This includes flavoring, chemical preservatives, and coloring. These often cause a range of issues all centered around allergic reaction.
Ingesting these can cause skin problems (dry, itchy and/or irritated skin), poor coat health (brittle, dry and/or poor textured coat and/or hair growth issues), nose discoloration, and/or digestive upset (general upset stomach
which can lead to decreased appetite, nausea, vomiting, and/or abnormal stools).
2. Fillers. Many of the brands that fill supermarket shelves are guilty of adding these in. Fillers are cheap ingredients made to bulk up food, but they contain no nutrients at all. They fill a dog up, and then pass right out of the body.
Some top culprits are weeds, grasses, hulls, husks, (peanut, corn, oat, and more), seeds, and pulp. Be on the lookout for high cereal grains as well.
Does chicken by-product sound bad to you? For many, the answer is 'no'. However, by-product refers to ANY part of an animal that is not deemed fit for human consumption. This means that there will be beaks, brains, lungs, spleens, claws, toes, intestines, undeveloped eggs, you name it.
4. Generic meat sources.
While there are many scary things in some dog foods, this may be one of the worst. Legally, anything labeled simply as 'meat' (the exact source is not identified) can contain the meat of cats and dogs that were euthanized at shelters, road kill, and diseased and dying animals.
5. Food sourced outside of North America.
Close to 1000 pets have died due to contaminated food from overseas. And this number is still climbing; this issue did not go away when the first cases of dogs dying from this were reported.
Be very careful when reading labels, because some brands source their meat from China, but if they mix the food in the US, they will label it as 'Made in the US'.