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How to Care for a Maltese Dog?

How to Care for a Maltese Dog?

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How to Care for a Maltese Dog?

The Maltese breed of dogs make delightful companions, with a reputation for being gentle yet bold. They are “toy” dogs and thus will be happy companions who will sit by your side, hour after hour, while you read a book or watch television. Your Maltese will live well into its teens and you can expect it to be its same playful and mischievous self for most of those years. While they make good pets, Maltese are not suitable for all households. Think carefully before acquiring any dog, but also be aware of the specific needs of the Maltese breed, particularly its grooming needs.
Maltese dogs have long flowing hair that is easily tangled and, like our own, keeps growing. If you don’t want to deal with the upkeep a shorter “puppy cut” looks cute on a Maltese. You will need to have him professionally groomed maybe once every six weeks but will still need to brush his hair daily using a nice, soft brush. Remove excess hair and untangle knots while the hair is dry or with a special detangler. Bathing him first will make the tangles worse.
Bathe your Maltese with a mild shampoo and conditioner made for dogs. You may need to bathe a playful puppy once a week, while a calm, older dog will only need a monthly bath. Wash its hair like it’s your own, only be very gentle! Don’t forget to clean your pup’s face with a washcloth.
Clean around your Maltese’s eyes regularly. Maltese dogs have white hair that is prone to tear staining. You will recognize this as the brown streaks down the face of a white dog. This happens when tears overspill onto the cheek and stay there for a few hours. Substances in the tear fluid oxidizes and change to that rust-colored pigment, which causes the staining.
Brush your dog’s teeth. Many people don’t do this, but it is very, very important, especially for older dogs. This will slow up tartar formation and protect your dog’s dental health. Start at a young age, so the dog accepts having its teeth brushed. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and toothpaste made for dogs. It can be purchased at any pet store.

Trim your dog’s nails regularly. Maltese nails should be clipped monthly so they do not overgrow and get infected. Using a regular nail clipper, slowly begin to clip the end of your dog’s nails, stopping before you reach the live center of the nail. If you are uncertain how much nail to remove, invest in a lesson from the groomer or vet tech.
Check the dog’s ears on a daily basis. This can be done professionally, but can also be done at home. Go into the outer ears with a Q-tip, but do not stick it into the inner ear. Just use it to clean the visible part of the ear. If there is wax of any sort, be sure to clean it out.

Feed a new puppy or dog the same brand he is used to and only gradually make changes to avoid upsetting his digestion (especially important for a new puppy). The Maltese has a small stomach, so choose a premium food that is high quality. Take your vet’s recommendation and also look for a food that has a named meat listed as the main ingredient.

Train your Maltese. The Maltese is an intelligent dog and loves to be stimulated mentally. Like all dogs, your Maltese needs to be trained to sit, stay, and come when called, in addition to being potty trained. Use positive reinforcement when training, as opposed to punishment when the dog does something wrong. These dogs respond much better to treats and love as incentive to do the right thing.


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  1. I greatly appreciate you mentioning that Maltese puppies have small stomachs. One of the things I knew I would get wrong is the feeding part of taking care of a puppy, as I would always let it eat whenever it wants to without a proper schedule. Since I’ve taken a liking to Maltese puppies, in particular, I’ll make sure I keep these feeding tips in mind when I finally adopt one.

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