The appearance of a small pet in the house not only radically changes the daily routine, but also imposes a certain responsibility. The owners assume all obligations for caring for the dog, and this implies not only regular walking and preventive examinations, vaccinations at the veterinarian, but also competent, correctly formed, and selected feeding.
Diet & Nutrition Guide for Pomeranians
A feature of the Pomeranian is its accelerated metabolism. That is why they have an exorbitant appetite and can eat very large portions. This often leads to overeating and, as a result, obesity. The owner needs to strictly monitor the quality and quantity of food that his pet absorbs, and also adjust the diet in accordance with the needs of the animal.
Important! Due to the miniature size of the dog, even 200 grams over the recommended weight can be a problem. They negatively affect the dog’s appearance and also affect the work of the cardiovascular and endocrine systems, wear out the joints, leading to arthritis and arthrosis.
How and What You Can Feed a Pomeranian Puppy
Pomeranian babies are weaned from their mothers at the age of 1.5 – 2 months. During this time, it must receive the necessary nutrition from mother’s milk, which forms a strong immunity, and also learn to eat adult food. A diet consisting only of mother’s milk is present in a puppy’s life until about 1 month old. Further, complementary foods are introduced.
From 1.5 to 3 months, the baby is fed 4 – 5 times a day. Moreover, you need to use the same food that the breeder had. Over time, it will be possible to change it or transfer the puppy to natural food.
From 4 to 6 months, the puppy is fed 4 times a day. If the dog refuses to eat and does not go to the bowl, you need to reduce the portion size, but not reduce the number of feedings. The puppy has a small stomach and overeating is completely contraindicated for him.
From 6 months, the puppy is transferred to three meals a day, observing equal time intervals. From 6 – 7 months, you can transfer the animal to two meals a day. Remember that your dog’s diet must be balanced.
How and What You Can Feed a Pomeranian
An adult dog over 1-year-old is fed 1 – 2 times a day, depending on the needs of the pet itself. The owner himself must assess the degree of hunger of the dog, what is the amount of portion that he needs, and the number of feedings per day in conditions of the required minimum.
If you plan to transfer your puppy to natural food, it is better to do it after 3 to 4 months. When the baby gets used to the new home and stops experiencing stress. It is important not to get problems with the work of the gastrointestinal tract.
What is Better? Dry Food or Natural Food?
It is difficult to answer this question unambiguously. Each type of food has its own advantages and disadvantages. Thus, dry industrial feeds significantly save the owner’s time, but at the same time, they can cause allergic reactions and indigestion.
Natural food will have to be prepared, and before serving, it should be heated and brought to the desired consistency. But at the same time, natural food almost never causes allergies or disturbances in the digestive tract in Pomeranians.
Foods a Pomeranian Cannot Eat
But the list of products prohibited for the Pomeranian is quite definite and is taboo for animals of this breed. The use of such food in a dog’s diet entails negative consequences in the work of the internal systems of the pet’s body.
Products prohibited for Pomeranian include:
- flour products and sweets;
- various types of fatty meat;
Important! Some products, such as milk, can become a real treat for a particular animal and not be harmful. But veterinarians strictly prohibit the use of sweets, bones, butter, and pork for Pomeranian.
In general, Pomeranian nutrition is not a very difficult science. Any owner of this cute dog will be able to quickly navigate the basic rules of feeding a miniature dog.