As a dog owner, it’s a very common thing to want to spoil your Maltese dog with food that you are eating, especially fruit that is so easy to just pick a piece off of the fruit and give it to them. However, is what you’re giving safe to them? There are some foods which are completely fine for your Maltese dog to eat and there are others which are seriously discouraged from giving to your Maltese dog.There are also some which can cause very very serious harm towards your Maltese dog. It’s so important to learn which your Maltese dog can and cannot eat. Dogs digest food very differently to how us humans do so that means that giving them the wrong foods can be really bad for them because of how they digest the food they eat. So what fruits can your Maltese dog eat and which foods can they not eat? Let’s find out!
Fruit your Maltese dog can eat
Apples: Apples are a great source of vitamins C and vitamin A, along with fiber which is great for your Maltese dog. Apples are quite low in fat and low in protein, making them the perfect snack for older dogs. If you feed your Maltese dog an apple make sure to remove the core and seeds first before feeding them.
Bananas: Bananas are a great treat for your Maltese dogs that are low in calories. Bananas are great because they are high in potassium, copper, fiber, biotin and vitamins. The good thing about bananas is that they are low in cholesterol. They are also low in sodium too. However because of the banana’s sugar content being quite high, bananas should be given as a treat only, and definitely not become a part of your Maltese dog’s main diet.
Blueberries: Blueberries are very well-known for their large amount of antioxidants. Fun fact about antioxidants, they can prevent cell damage in humans and dogs. Blueberries have phytochemicals and fibers packed in them. If you want to teach your Maltese puppy to catch treats in the air you could try and use blueberries.
Cantaloupe: Cantaloupes are packed low in calories, packed in nutrients and a fantastic source of fiber and water. Despite all of this it is quite high in sugar. So this should be given overtime in small amounts, especially for dogs who have diabetes or dogs who are overweight.
Cranberries: Cranberries along with dried cranberries are okay to give to your Maltese dog in small quantities over time. Your maltese dog may however not like this delicious treat. Either way, it is important when feeding cranberries to Maltese dogs to keep count of how many you give, as you should with any treat you give your Maltese dog. Giving your Maltese dog too many cranberries can lead to giving your Maltese dog an upset stomach.
Cucumbers: Cucumbers are such a good and healthy snack for dogs who are a bit more overweight, since they have little to no fats and little to no carbohydrates and/or oils they are great treats for your Maltese Dog. They also can even boost your Maltese puppy’s energy levels. They’re loaded with vitamins. These include B1 and C. And also C and K. Bitcoin and potassium as well, and alo copper and magnesium.
Mango: This summery treat is packed with vitamins including A and B6. Along with C and E. These delicious treats have potassium and beta-carotene. They also have alpha-carotene too. Always remember, as with most fruits you give to your Maltese dog, remove the hard pit in the mango first. The reason why this is so important is because it can become a choking hazard for your Maltese dog. Mango is quite high in sugar, so use it only as an occasional treat.
Oranges: Oranges are a great treat for your Maltese dog to eat, according to veterinarians, however they may not be fans of an orange or for that matter any strong-smelling citrus. Oranges are a fantastic source of vitamin C, fiber and potassium. In small quantities, the juicy flesh of an orange can be a yummy treat for your Maltese dog. Vets however do recommend you toss the peel and only offer your Maltese dog the flesh of the orange and feed them no seeds. Orange peel is rough on your Maltese dog’s digestive systems, and the oils in an orange may make your Maltese dog turn up their sensitive nose.
Peaches: Small amounts of cut-up frozen or fresh peaches are an excellent source of fiber and vitamin A, and can even help fight infections for your Maltese dog. However the pits contain cyanide. But as long as you completely cut around the pit first, fresh peaches can be a really nice summer treat for your Maltese dog. You want to skip canned peaches though, as they usually contain high amounts of syrups containing lot’s of syrup.
Pears: Pears are an amazing snack for your Maltese dog. The reason behind this is because they’re high in copper, fiber and vitamins C and K. It’s been suggested that eating a pear can greatly reduce the risk of having a stroke by 50 percent. That’s a lot. Just be sure to cut the pears into bite-size chunks and remove the pit and seeds first, as the seeds contain traces of cyanide and that is not healthy for your Maltese dog. You should definitely skip canned pears with syrups containing many sugars.
Pineapple: A few chunks of pineapple is a great summery sweet treat for you Maltese dogs, as long as the prickly hard outside peel and the crown are removed before feeding it to your Maltese dog. This tropical fruit is packed with minerals, fiber and vitamins. It also contains bromelain, which is an enzyme that makes it easier for you Maltese dogs to absorb proteins.
Raspberries: Raspberries are a great snack for you Maltese dog’s in moderation. They contain antioxidants that are great for Maltese dogs. They’re quite low in calories and sugar, but they are high in fiber, manganese, and vitamin C. Raspberries are especially good for older dogs because they have anti-inflammatory properties, which can help aging joints. But they do contain small amounts of xylitol, so it is suggested to limit your Maltese dog to less than a cup of raspberries at a time.
Strawberries: Strawberries are packed full of fiber and vitamin C. Along with that, they also contain an enzyme that can help whiten your Maltese dog’s teeth as he or she eats them. They also contain sugar, so be sure to give them in small servings.
Watermelon: When giving your Maltese dog watermelon it’s very important to remove the rind and seeds first, as they can cause intestinal blockage, but watermelon flesh is otherwise quite safe for your Maltese dogs. Watermelon is full of many vitamins including vitamin A, B-6, and C, as well as potassium. Watermelon is actually 92 percent water, so it’s a really great way to help keep your Maltese dog hydrated on hot summer days.
Fruit your Maltese dog can’t eat
Avocado: While avocado may be a healthy snack for Maltese dog owners, it should not be given to Maltese dogs and all other breeds of dogs, at all. The pit, skin, and leaves of avocados contain persin, a toxin that often causes vomiting and diarrhea in Maltese dogs. The fleshy inside of the avocado doesn’t have as much persin as the rest of this delicious fruit, but it is still too much for your Maltese dog to handle.
Cherries: With the exception of the fleshy part around the seed of the cherry, a cherry actually contains cyanide and is quite toxic to Maltese dogs. Cyanide actually disrupts cellular oxygen transport. That means that your Maltese dog’s blood cells can’t get enough oxygen that they need. If your Maltese dog eats cherries, you should definitely be on the lookout for dilated pupils, difficulty breathing, and red gums, as these symptoms may actually be signs of cyanide poisoning.
Grapes: Grapes and raisins (dried grapes) have proved to be very toxic for Maltese dogs, no matter the dog’s breed, sex, or age. In fact, grapes are so toxic that they can lead to acute sudden kidney failure. Always be mindful of this dangerous fruit for dogs. Try to put it somewhere you Maltese dog will not be able to reach as they are very poisonous for them.
Tomatoes: While the ripened fruit of the tomato plant is generally considered safe for your Maltese dogs, the green parts of the tomato on the top of the plant contain a very toxic substance that is called solanine. While your Maltese dog would have to be able to eat a very large amount of the tomato plant to make him or her sick, it’s overall just safer to skip tomatoes all together. This just makes it more safe for your maltese dog, and it’s better to be safe than sorry.
Your first priority as a Maltese dog owner is to make sure that your Maltese dog is safe and with a small dog such as the Maltese dog. Making sure the fruit that your Maltese dog cannot eat is far out of their reach as eating it can cause serious harm. Keep Avocados, Grapes, Tomatoes and Cherries out of reach and be very careful not to drop any when eating them near your dog.
How did we go at Answering your Questions on Maltese dogs and Fruit?
Did we answer all of your questions around fruit and Maltese dogs? Has your dog even eaten any fruit? How did it go? Did it like it? Was it on the safe list of fruits or the harmful ? Has your Maltese dog ever had issues from eating any of the harmful fruits? Let us know in the comments.