You’ve brought your Maltipoo home, you’ve followed the feeding guide relative to their stage of development, and all is going well. A routine has been established and your Maltipoo is enjoying your choice of food. Great – but have you ever wondered if a Maltipoo diet has to be strict or can they enjoy some fruits? Fruits contain natural sugar, and this may mean all fruits are a no-no. We are here to answer your wonderings in our comprehensive fruit guide.
Fruits such as apples, blueberries, cranberries, and oranges are safe for Maltipoos to enjoy. Fruits such as bananas, blackberries, and raspberries should only be offered occasionally. However, apricots, avocados, and grapes should be avoided at all costs.
Fruits in the doggy world are not necessarily a straightforward yes or no because some can be enjoyed regularly, some occasionally, and some not at all. Keep reading to learn just what is safe or unsafe in the fruit-filled world of dogs. We are sure you will find our results surprising at times.
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Before we begin it’s important to point out that some dogs are prone to tummy or digestive issues. If your Maltipoo is one of these then it’s best to stick to a strict doggy diet with the advice of your vet. Introducing extras may lead to issues such as vomiting, diarrhea, and excess gas.
If you want to introduce some fruits to your dog’s diet, then do so slowly – this way it will be easier to establish if a certain food is causing issues.
Now let’s look at the yay and nay of the world of fruits. For your ease, we have placed fruits into 3 categories: fruits they can eat, fruits they can enjoy occasionally and fruits to be avoided.
Fruits Your Maltipoo Can Eat
- Apples: These offer a great source of vitamins A and C and are also full of fiber. Just avoid the pips as they contain cyanide which can poison dogs.
- Blueberries: These little goodies are packed with antioxidants, fiber, and vitamins and your Maltipoo will enjoy a few of these.
- Cranberries: Your dog may choose to leave these when offered as they either love them or hate them but they do contain lots of goodness. They can help with urinary tract issues in dogs too.
- Cucumbers: We’ve added these in because by rights they are a fruit. And the good news is they make a good snack for your dog.
- Kiwi: Yummy, Your Maltipoo may well enjoy some portions of kiwi fruit. Containing fiber, potassium, and vitamins it is considered healthy food as well as tasting nice.
- Mango: Similar to apples you must never give your Maltipoo the hard section in the middle as this contains cyanide. Swallowing the pit can cause life-threatening issues by blocking the bowel.
- Oranges: Go ahead – these make a great tasty treat for dogs and they will thank you for a few slices.
- Pears: This fruit is also perfectly safe for Maltipoos – again just avoid the pips. They contain lots of healthy elements that will help your pooch.
- Strawberries: Another dog-friendly fruit that will be enjoyed. Strawberries contain a multitude of good things making them a healthy choice.
- Tangerines: Also on the yes list, tangerines are acceptable for dogs to enjoy.
- Watermelon: These make a tasty treat particularly in hotter weather and can help keep your dog’s hydration levels up.
Fruits Your Maltipoo Can Enjoy Occasionally
- Bananas: They are a good source of potassium but are high in sugar so should only be given as an occasional treat.
- Blackberries: On the occasional list because too many can cause diarrhea.
- Cantaloupe melon: Cantaloupe melon can be given as an occasional treat. They are again quite sugary so definitely one for now and again. Avoid the pips and skin though.
- Coconut: We’ve added this to the occasional list because while the oils and the meat contain good qualities, they are also high in calories so you need to be careful.
- Honeydew melon: Okay as a treat every so often but can be a problem due to the sugar content.
- Peaches: The occasional slice is okay for your dog but please avoid the stone of the peach as it’s both toxic and a choking hazard.
- Plums: There isn’t much to a plum once you slice it but slice it you must in order to avoid the center which dogs cannot eat.
- Pineapple: Yes, pineapple flesh is perfectly safe for your dog to enjoy in small amounts. Due to its high sugar content, it is one for the occasional list.
- Raspberries: It’s a bit of a yes but no fruit. They are safe in moderation, but they do contain toxins that can be harmful to dogs. One or two raspberries will be fine as the traces are very micro but do not treat them too often.
Fruits to Avoid with Your Maltipoo
- Apricots: The pit of apricot is considered dangerous due to choking and blocking issues. They also contain cyanide so it’s one best to avoid altogether.
- Avocado: So many great qualities for the human race but considered unsafe in the doggy world. They contain persin which is toxic to dogs.
- Cherries: Whilst tasty, cherries are dangerous to dogs due to the pips but also due to their size which can cause blockages.
- Dates: Another best to avoid really due to the pips again. They are also very sugary, and dogs shouldn’t eat beyond the flesh.
- Figs: This fruit can cause irritants in dogs and although these symptoms should pass it won’t be pleasant for them so best to avoid.
- Grapes: When you research grapes you’ll always hear they are a big no-no for dogs. They can ultimately cause kidney failure and are considered lethal to dogs.
- Raisins: Part of the grape family but important to list in its own right due to the dangers they pose to dogs. Avoid raisins for the same reasons as grapes.
- Tomatoes: Again, technically part of the fruit family so deserving to be included in our extensive list. Tomatoes should be avoided – they contain solanine which is toxic to dogs.
The Benefits of Feeding Your Maltipoo Fruit
Now we’ve established what’s OK for your Maltipoo, what to offer occasionally, and what to avoid at all costs, let’s explore if there are any actual benefits to giving your dog some fruit. Here are a few reasons why some fruit might be of benefit to your pup.
- Hydration: Fruit can be great as an extra source of liquid during hot weather. Munching on a slice of watermelon or cucumber can be of real benefit to your dog if they are feeling the heat.
- Teething: Believe it or not fruit can be great for teething, especially frozen fruit such as apples.
- Vitamins: Of course, fruit also contains lots of good stuff which will be of benefit to your dog’s health. Fruits such as raspberries are thought to help with aches such as arthritis so they can be good news for older dogs too.
- Healthy treats: The odd piece of fruit as a treat is a healthy way of topping up your dog’s diet rather than turning to calorific treats such as doggy biscuits.
- Fiber: Fruit contains a healthy amount of fiber which will aid your dog’s digestive system.
Food for Thought
If you do enjoy giving your Maltipoo some fruit treats, then it’s important to wait until they are mature enough to handle such food. Puppies should be kept on a regular diet when they first come home and then gradually begin introducing other foods. Also, it’s important to get the balance right between treating your dog and overfeeding. If treats sneak in most days your pooch will gain some weight just like adults who like to snack. To avoid unwanted weight gain, add the treats as part of your dog’s daily allowance of calories.
If you notice your dog becoming overweight, it’s important to cut down on the treats as the first possible solution. Snacks aren’t necessary for dogs and they shouldn’t become reliant on these. Smaller dogs such as Maltipoos are prone to putting on weight so it’s important to follow the correct feeding guide. Typically speaking, the older the dog the more easily weight is gained so you may need to curb those treats when your dog reaches a mature age.