If you’re not happy with the dog foods available for purchase, or if you’re looking for a healthier, sometimes cheaper option, you might want to consider making your own dog food.
There are so many benefits to homemade food. You can make it in bulk and freeze the extra portions to save time. You know exactly where your dog’s meal is coming from. You know without a doubt that it’s being made with fresh, high-quality ingredients. And I’ve never met a dog that didn’t prefer homemade food, hands-down, over store-bought food.
There are tons of recipes for delicious, nutritious homemade dog food. You can ask your vet for ideas, or you can find some recipes online. As long as you know what your dog needs, you can come up with your own recipe. There are so many different variations and combinations you can try. Your Maltese will like the variety!
First, you need to decide on a meat base. There are many low-cost options to choose from, like beef liver, chicken, or pork. Just make sure that whatever protein you choose is free of bones that your dog might choke on.
Contrary to popular belief, dogs need vegetables. Many dogs like carrots, green beans, sweet potatoes, and squash. Incorporate one or more of these into your Maltese food.
As a general rule of thumb, dogs don’t need much starches or dairy. You can add a spoonful of cottage cheese or some cooked white rice into the food, and that will meet their dietary requirements.
Your homemade dog food should roughly consist of 60-80 percent meat, 20-30 percent vegetables, up to 10 percent carbs, and starches, and up to 5 percent fruits/nuts.
Always make sure you thoroughly wash your dog’s bowl after feeding to avoid contamination.