Pomeranians might not be so-named because they look like a bunch of fluffy pom-poms glued together, but they certainly do look like it. These adorable, fluffy dogs are energetic, cuddly, and just plain lovable, which is why it is important to feed them foods designed to keep them healthy and happy whether you are buying commercial dog food or using dog food recipes to make your own food at home.
Pomeranian dietary requirements
Before making your Pomeranian food at home, you need to take into account what your Pomeranian needs to stay healthy. It's important to recognize that at only 4 to 7 pounds in weight, Pomeranians are prone to hypoglycemia, meaning they can suffer from low blood sugar if they do not eat enough, which can happen easily since their stomachs are so small.
This is true for an adult Pomeranian but even more of a risk to puppies, who need to be fed at least three to four times a day in order to ensure they get the calories they need to maintain their energy levels, according to Dog Food Guru.
Signs of hypoglycemia include listlessness, cold body temperature, or poor coordination. If your dog experiences any of these signs and has not eaten in a while, give him some Karo syrup to bring his blood sugar up again, or he may go into shock. Start feeding him more frequently to avoid such dangers in the future.
The Happy Puppy Site says that Pomeranians can have skin problems as well. It is important to give your dog omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids to provide his energy and help him maintain healthy skin, coat, heart, and brain functions. Try to keep the fat to 8 percent of a puppy's diet and 5 percent of an adult's diet in order to prevent obesity.
Pomeranians are known for having teeth problems, so many vets recommend feeding them kibble because it cleans their teeth better than wet food. If you're feeding your Pomeranian homemade dog food, be sure to brush his teeth daily to prevent these problems since your food might not be good for his teeth.
Pomeranians are also prone to knee problems, and while nothing you feed them can prevent these problems, maintaining a healthy weight can help avoid them. Whatever you feed your dog, be sure to feed him the right amount.
As small dogs, Pomeranians can have a hard time with large pieces of food that are hard to chew, as these may prove to be choking hazards. Always give your Pomeranian soft morsels or small pieces to prevent choking.
Good ingredients for Pomeranian food
Protein should make up a minimum of 22 percent of a puppy's diet and 18 percent of an adult dog's diet, so feed your dog lots of meat, poultry, eggs, and fish. These can also be good sources of omega-3 and omega-6 fats. While avocados are revered for their healthy fats, avoid giving these to dogs because they can be toxic to dogs, according to the American Kennel Club.
Boiled chicken livers can be a great way to add extra vitamins to a meal. According to PetCareRx, cottage cheese is also a good source of calcium with many vitamins, although it should only make up a small part of a dog's diet.
Homemade dog food recipes
LaShomb's Pomeranians has many recipes on her site. She suggests combining two boiled chicken breasts, 1-2 cups of white rice, and five raw, chopped carrots. When serving, add one chopped hardboiled egg to the dish. She says the recipe can last for one to two days for her four dogs, so if you only have one dog, you may want to freeze half of it to make sure it doesn't go bad before she eats it all.
LaShomb also has a fun recipe for sweet potato fries that you and your pup can share. Preheat your oven to 425 degrees, and then wash, peel, and chop your sweet potato into fry-shaped pieces. Coat the fries with coconut oil and turmeric, and then lay them on a baking sheet in one layer. Bake for 15 minutes before flipping them over and cooking for another 10 to 15 minutes. Let them cool before serving them to your dog.