For main meals
, Wellness CORE Natural Dry Grain-Free for Small Breeds
is a great choice. This is hard to beat in all aspects of what a top food should be. It is a premium food that is all-natural and made in the USA.
It has no wheat, corn, soy, meat by-products, or artificial colors, flavors or chemical preservatives. There are no fillers. It has probiotics for immune health, and omegas for healthy skin and coat. It's easy on the digestive system, and it is sized for little dogs.
Ingredients include turkey (#1 ingredient), chicken, potato, peas, flaxseed, spinach, broccoli, carrots, apple, and blueberries.
, Fruitables Pumpkin & Blueberry Crunchy Dog Treats
is a fantastic treat. This is just one of their many flavors; others are bacon & apple, sweet potato & pecan, strawberry Greek yogurt, and pumpkin along with other fruits like blueberry, cranberry, and banana.
These are made in the USA, and have zero artificial additives.They are preserved the healthy way by using vitamins. And, these are a tiny size, which makes them perfect for Maltese puppies and dogs.
Do not offer un-filtered tap water.
It is quite shocking what is found in tap water across the country.
There are both regulated and unregulated chemicals, toxins, and harmful agents in tap water, and it is really a shame that not all pet owners realize this.
Since dogs drink water and nothing else, days, weeks and years of ingesting these sorts of elements can be detrimental to their health.
The Environmental Protection Agency, which updates their findings yearly, generally lists over 100 unregulated contaminants that have made their way into water supplies.
But, it is what is known
to be in the water that is troubling to say the least.
Of concern are the large number of chemicals that are added to water to kill bacteria and other microorganisms. These are often deemed 'safe' based on one 8 oz. serving for a 170 pound adult male.
One major issue is chlorine. While long term effects have not been studied on dogs, it has been found that cancer risk increases a whopping 93% for people whose water contains chlorine.
Another issue is fluoride. It is an insecticide that was used as cockroach control pre-1900, to control poultry lice starting in 1915, and was used extensively during WWII to control insects. It discolors human babies' teeth and is toxic to canines. Moderate amounts can cause stomach distress, and large amounts can lead to kidney damage.
are lead, mercury, PCBs, arsenic, perchlorate, dioxins, DDT and Chromium-6 (known cancer-causing agent recently found in the tap water of over 200 million Americans).
And, though it is nothing compared to these very serious possible health risks, if you struggle to
keep your Maltese looking pure white, unfiltered tap water is one of the culprits. What to do:
There are some good options to help make the water that your Maltese drinks is safe.
You may wish to install a filtering device to your kitchen sink, obtain a filtering water pitcher like the Aquagear Water Filter Pitcher
, which is FDA approved to filter out Chromium-6, fluoride, chlorine, mercury and lead among many other toxins, or offer bottled spring water.