Although many consider dogs as carnivores they are not strictly meat-only eaters. They also eat some veggies.
Many dog nutritionists strongly recommend enriching your Maltipoo’s diet with healthy veggies packed with vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients that will help your pet stay fit and in perfect health condition. Your Maltipoo can eat leafy vegetables, carrots, sweet potato, celery, peas, green beans, squash, and others.
If you would like to know what veggies are OK for Maltipoos to eat, what are their benefits and what veggies should be skipped and why, keep reading this article?
What Vegetables Are Safe For Your Maltipoo To Eat?
Leafy greens – such as spinach, chard, lettuce– are all quite safe for your Maltipoo. They contain several very important vitamins ( A, C, K ), potassium, iron, calcium, and fibers. Whenever you can, give your Maltipoo fresh vegetables as that way he will get most of the nutrients. Of course, you can cook them or even bake them if you want to make a crunchier treat.
When you start feeding your Maltipoo with leafy greens, do it very slowly. These vegetables are high in fibers and can cause an upset stomach in your Maltipoo after initially added to his diet.
Celery – great veggie snack. Packed with vitamins A,B and C, contains some nutrients necessary to promote a healthy heart. Makes your Maltipoo’s breath fresh.
Some dogs are not big fans of Celery’s taste, others consider it too hard to chew on. If you Maltipoo is one of these, you can steam the celery or simply cut it in small pieces and serve it fresh.
Squash– all kinds of this highly nutritional vegetable are safe for your Maltipoo. You can give him either pumpkin or butternut squash. You can bake or steam these delicious bites but be careful to remove skin and all seeds before you serve this snack to your Maltipoo. Squash treat can also help Maltipoos that suffer from diarrhea.
Sweet potato – great food for your Maltipoo! Full of different nutrients, fibers, vitamins, thiamine, niacin, and traces of copper. Because of these healthy elements, it is better than regular potato.
Like other root vegetables ( carrots, beets, parsnips ) that are also safe for your Maltipoo, it is necessary to limit the consumption of sweet potato especially if you notice that commercial food you are using for your Maltipoo already contains some of these root veggies. The reason is that sweet potato contains a lot of starch and sugar.
Broccoli – although safe vegetable for dogs, should be served in very small portions as an occasional treat. Rich in fibers and vitamin C but poor in fat, represent perfect bite for your Maltipoo but broccoli florets contain a substance called isothiocyanates which can provoke serious gastric irritation in some dogs.
On the other hand broccoli stalks can easily make obstructions in your Maltipoo’s esophagus.
Cauliflower – you can serve it either raw or cooked but should be plain, don’t forget that. This veggie contains vitamins and antioxidants that can help in reducing inflammation and might be helpful to older Maltipoos with arthritis. Rich in fibers which can make the digestive system works better but too much of it will result in an upset stomach.
Brussels Sprouts and Cabbage – both vegetables are safe and packed with nutrients for your Maltipoo but just pay attention to the quantity. Too much of it can cause a lot of gasses in your dog.
Carrots – the perfect snack for your Maltipoo. Rich in fibers and beta-carotene which produces vitamin A, but low in calories. The great thing for your dog’s teeth as well.
Green beans – perfectly safe and healthy food for your Maltipoo. You choose between raw, cooked, steamed, or canned version. Contain a super combination of important minerals and vitamins, a lot of fibers but very few calories.
Just be careful if you decide to go for a canned option, it should be plain, with very low or no salt at all. To avoid confusion, no matter the name, green beans are not part of the legume family.
Peas – all sorts of peas are safe for your Maltipoo. This vegetable contains some minerals and vitamins and also very rich in fibers and protein. Don’t overfeed your Maltipoo with peas though. You can simply add it to the dog’s food bowl from time to time. Avoid canned version as contains salt.
Other legumes such as kidney beans or lentils are safe for dog’s consumption but according to FDA (link to FDA article), there have been several reports lately of canine dilated cardiopulmonary in dogs that were eating dog food that contained legumes or potatoes in larger percentage.
This means that if you notice that your dog’s commercial food label puts legumes or potato high-up on the ingredients list, then you shouldn’t give any additional legumes to your Maltipoo.
You should even think to change the commercial food to some other food brand that uses less percentage of legumes and potatoes.
Extra tip – when you cook, keep all the vegetable trimming that you don’t use for your meal but that is safe for your dog. You will cut the waste, save the money and your Maltipoo will have a delicious and healthy snack.
Another thing – every time when you notice that frozen vegetable is on sale, grab one. Store it in the freezer and you will always have healthy snack for your Maltipoo.
If you want to make a frozen treat with vegetables instead of fruits, take chicken broth, pour water in the same quantity ( 1:1) and add vegetables. Put in ice cube tray and freeze. Your Maltipoo will love it!
What Vegetables Are Not Safe For Maltipoos?
Mushrooms – although there are some sort of mushrooms that are not poisons to Maltipoos ( such as great, white ones from the supermarket) , there is a fairly large number of wild mushrooms that are toxic to dogs, so it is better not to take a risk.
Onions, garlic, chives, leeks – are toxic to your Maltipoo. May cause his blood cell to break, there is also a wide range of stomach issues such as vomiting, diarrhea, nausea, abdominal pain… In the worst-case scenario, your Maltipoo could suffer from serious anemia and his organs could simply shout down.
Some Maltipoos can easily gain weight as they age. If you notice this is happening to your Maltipoo, think about his diet. Decrease the commercial doggy food and enrich his portions with safe veggies. Veggies will add very few calories to his meal but he will feel full afterward.
Be careful to skip vegetables that tend to be toxic to your furry friend. This is not a big number but still be aware of the fact that garlic and onion could be used as spices in many dishes and meals you might give your Maltipoo ( baby food, homemade dishes, some leftovers…)So it is better to avoid it.