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Can a Maltipoo Eat Human Food?

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By Nicole Cosgrove

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The Maltipoo is a mix between a poodle and a Maltese, and these dogs make wonderful family pets. Feeding your Maltipoo a balanced diet is important if you want to ensure they are kept healthy, and this includes adding some supplemental foods into their diet if advised by a veterinarian.

Some of these foods can be found in your kitchen, which can leave you wondering whether it is safe to be fed to your dog. As a general answer, human foods should be given in moderation and only the safe ones for your pup. Read on below to find out what, if any, human foods are safe for Maltipoos.

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Is Human Food Safe for Maltipoos?

Some human foods are safe for dogs, but they should all be fed in moderation. Your Maltipoo’s staple diet should consist of balanced and healthy dog food as this will provide them with all the nutrients and minerals they need to stay healthy. Certain human foods like chicken eggs, cooked and unseasoned plain meats, dairy, and fish can be safely fed to your dog without any harm, but only occasionally.

It is not a good idea to allow your Maltipoo to live off human foods unless you are making a raw or cooked dog food recipe, as most human foods have been through different processes that don’t make them safe for dogs. Foods that are high in salt, vegetable oils, fat, or potentially toxic ingredients for dogs should be avoided.

Human food is not a safer alternative for your Maltipoo, because dog food is specially formulated with your dogs’ nutritional requirements in mind and has a specific nutritional value suitable for dogs.

These human foods are safe to feed your Maltipoo (in moderation):
  • Beef
  • Chicken
  • Carrots
  • Cooked broccoli
  • Cooked chicken eggs
  • Unsalted and xylitol-free peanut butter
  • Cooked pork
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Plain cooked turkey
  • White or brown rice
  • Plain Greek yogurt
  • Apples
  • Plain salmon
  • Blueberries
  • Plain green beans

Always consult with your dog’s veterinarian before feeding them human foods. If your dog has health conditions such as diabetes, liver or kidney problems, and food sensitivities, it is important to avoid foods that can aggravate their condition.

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Is a Maltipoo Prone To Stomach Upsets?

Maltipoos are prone to stomach issues such as bloat, which makes it important to feed them foods that do not promote bloating. They can also suffer from food allergies or sensitivities, and any triggering foods should be limited in their diet or avoided if you are feeding them human foods.

Can a Maltipoo Eat Eggs and Cheese?

You can give your Maltipoo eggs and cheese in moderation, but the eggs should ideally be cooked as raw eggs increase the risk of transferring salmonella to your dog. Over time, the avidin found in egg whites can make biotin less absorbable in your dog’s body due to its binding enzymes.

Cheese is safe for dogs who are not lactose intolerant, and it can be fed in small amounts. Some dogs that aren’t lactose intolerant may still have mild stomach upsets from eating large quantities of cheese, mainly because it can be difficult for them to digest. A good dairy alternative to cheese would be plain Greek yogurt, as it contains beneficial bacteria that can be good for your dog’s gut health. Again, moderation is key, though.

Can a Maltipoo Eat Vegetables?

Vegetables are a great addition to many dogs’ diets, and they are rich in vitamins and fiber that can benefit your dog’s health. There are many beneficial vegetables that you can feed to your dog as a treat or supplement, but most of them will need to be cooked beforehand. Make sure any vegetables you feed to your Maltipoo are plain and have no oils or spices added.

Certain vegetables such as pumpkin, squash, and carrots contain fiber and antioxidants that are great for your dog’s health, and fiber is important for your Maltipoos digestive health. Vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, zucchini, and sweet potatoes are also high in fiber.

Steaming the vegetables before feeding them to your Maltipoo can make them easier to digest, and easier for your dog to chew.

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Can a Maltipoo Eat Table Scraps?

If you face the issue of having a pair of cute eyes staring at you while you are eating your meals, avoid the temptation of giving your Maltipoo table scraps. Table scraps can be unhealthy for dogs, and seasoned food cooked in different sauces can be harmful to your dog’s health. Any bones that are left over after a meal are also not a good idea for dogs, since cooked bones can splinter and rupture and become a choking hazard.

Since Maltipoos are also prone to weight gain, feeding them fatty and oily table scraps will not benefit their health and can do more damage than good. Any human foods that you feed to your Maltipoo should be prepared separately with no spices, oils, or sauces added.

Humans Foods to Avoid Feeding to Maltipoos

Even though some human foods can be safe and even beneficial for Maltipoos, certain human foods can be harmful, and even toxic if your dog ingests them.

  • Pitted cherries: The pits, leaves, and stems in cherries contain cyanide, which is toxic to dogs.
  • Avocado: Avo contains persin, a fungicidal toxin that is harmful to dogs.
  • Chocolate: The ingredient theobromine in chocolate cannot be metabolized by dogs and it is toxic.
  • Onions: All parts and forms of onions (powdered, cooked, raw) are toxic to dogs.
  • Coffee: Coffee contains caffeine which is toxic to dogs, and decaffeinated coffee has a diuretic effect leading to diarrhea and stomach upset.
  • Garlic: Garlic and other plants from the Allium genus are toxic to dogs in any form.
  • Raisins/Grapes: Raisins and grapes are toxic to dogs and can be fatal, even in small amounts.
  • Xylitol: This is a deadly ingredient in many human foods like peanut butter as a sugar replacement that is dangerous and even life-threatening for dogs if ingested.
  • Bread dough: Bread dough is irresistible to dogs, but the yeast can still ferment and rise in your dog’s stomach.

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Final Thoughts

Maltipoos can safely enjoy many human foods if they are prepared appropriately. Any human foods that you feed to your Maltipoo should be plain and have no spices, oils, or sauces added.

Always be cautious when introducing new foods into your dog’s diet, especially if they have existing health issues, and get guidance from your Maltipoo’s veterinarian as to what foods can be a beneficial addition to their diet.

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