Feeding Pomeranians A Raw Food Diet

Feeding Pomeranians A Raw Food Diet

pomeranianThe main reason why owners feed their Pomeranians raw foods is to replace highly processed canned foods and kibble with healthier, homemade, all-natural foods. Use a variety of meat, uncooked bones, a small amount of organs and small quantities of vegetables and fruits because this diet is healthier for your dog than a kibble diet. As a Pomeranian is a small, man-made dog, breed modifications need to be made to most raw food diets to better suit a Pom.

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Choose The Right Water And Food Bowls For Pomeranians

Choose The Right Water And Food Bowls For Pomeranians

pomeranian dogIf you own a Pomeranian puppy or dog, it’s essential that you buy the right bowls. So let’s look first at the differences between stainless steel bowls and plastic bowls and learn why this is such an important decision.

The bowls you select will affect a few elements such as:

• The ability to feed your dog the right portions of food.

• How well he drinks and eats.

• His feelings of security and comfort.

• The prevention of algae, mould and bacteria in his drinking water.

• How fast he eats (can cause trouble if he eats too fast.) If you want the ideal dog bowls, you can’t go past stainless steel because it’s a superior material to keep your dog healthy. Ceramic and glass bowls work well as doggie water bowls.

Here are some comparisons between plastic and stainless steel bowls:

They slide easily across the floor, especially if it’s tiled or some other smooth surface. This is partly due to being a lightweight material. A stainless steel bow is heavier so it’s harder to move, making it easier for your dog to comfortably enjoy his food and water. Plastic is soft and easy to scratch, as well as getting scratches and nicks. The miniscule crevices are places where bacteria thrives abundantly. You can’t just rinse a plastic bowl; instead, it needs a lot of hard scrubbing. This will seem like an endless cycle, to clean the bowl after each meal.

Stainless steel is resistant to scratches and lasts longer. The surface is smooth and free of any scratches so bacteria and germs can’t get in. Your dog may lose the pigment of his nose. Approx. 35% of all dogs who eat from plastic bowls will have some degree of discolouration on their noses. The dyes may leak and there’s a chemical reaction that also have an effect on the colour of his nose. However, if you switch to a steel bowl, this problem can be reversed. Plastic won’t cool the water and keep it that way. Dogs prefer to drink cold water than liquid with very little temperature change compared to the rest of your home. Plastic hits room temperature much faster than stainless steel bowls.

How a bowl affects your Pomeranian

pomeranian dogAs mentioned earlier, the type of bowl will affect how much or how little food and water your dog consumes. There’s more to it than that. A hungry dog, regardless of age, will eat food from any available container but it’s critical to select the best water and food bowls to keep him happy in the long term because a lot of things will be affected by the wrong choice:

How well he drinks and eats. Your pet can’t reach the bottom of the bowl if it’s too deep. If it has a high rim, your dog can knock his forehead. If the bowl isn’t heavy enough to make it stay in place. This means he may not be able to access all the food in his bowl.

Comfort. Dogs are at their happiest when they don’t have to worry while they’re eating. If the bowl gets pushed away all the time, it can make him become frustrated, vulnerable and stressed when it’s time for his food.

Correct serving size. Owners commonly buy bowls that are too big. This means you may overfeed him because when you put the “right amount” into his bowl, you feel the urge to add more because the bowl is still half empty. Owners then fall into the trap of thinking their dog isn’t eating normally because food may get left if he’s too full to finish it all.

Digestion. Dogs will eat food slow, medium or quickly. How much they can eat will vary according to the type of dog. For example, a Pomeranian (a toy dog) won’t eat a lot and may be a slow eater or could empty the bowl in one minute. If your Pom eats too fast, you may use a portion placer or a slow-feeder bowl as both types allow the food to be displaced, slowing the eating speed of your dog.

Cleanliness. Bacteria and germs can cause serious problems if you use plastic bowls. Stainless steel bowls still need to be cleaned but it’s much easier because of the durable surface. Raised level versus floor level. Both options can be used but there are variables. Your Pomeranian can be comfortable with either, depending on its specific issues so do your research and ask the vet which may be the best choice. If your puppy or dog loves being fed by hand, a raised bowl is the better option. If your Pom has problems with his neck (perhaps a collapsed trachea or a different issue), set the bowl at the ideal height for him.

Preferences. It’s almost impossible to guarantee your Pom is drinking and eating enough, it’s a good idea to try different methods and see what works best. Ensure he loves both bowls, he’ll be keener to eat and drink from them, thus ensuring that he gets sufficient nutritional requirements and that he drinks plenty of water.

Fountains versus a floor water bowl. If you can’t persuade your Pom to drink plenty of water, a dog water fountain may help. Filters keep the water clean. The flowing water gets his attention and he’ll generally stay there for a longer time.

Let’s check out the ideal bowls for Pomeranians.

Gpet Stainless Steel Paw Design Dog Bowl with Rubber Base, Set of 2, 32 OunceGPET stainless steel Dog Bowl with a rubber base. (Set of 2).This type of bowl is amongst the best. They’re made of stainless steel, are resistant to rust and can be used in the microwave. The bottom has an anti-slip rubber that can’t damage your floor and your set of two also provides you with a 5 year guarantee.

Premium Elevated Dog and Cat Pet Feeder, Double Bowl Raised Stand Comes with Extra Two Stainless Steel Bowls. Perfect for Small Dogs and Cats. This is a set of 4, raised double bowl and the bowl’s base is made from water-resistant bamboo. This set is perfect for small dogs with a height of 4 inches. That means you can use it for Adults but not puppies. If your Pom dislikes stooping, it’s the best one available. The bowls have a 100% satisfaction guarantee.

Dogit Stainless Steel Double Dog Diner, Medium Dogit Stainless Steel Double Dog Diner. This is a great option for a few reasons. It has a mini size (8.4 fluid ounces) if your Pomeranian is 9 pounds or less. It also has a small size (13.5 fluid ounces for Poms that weigh 10+ pounds. This way you know you’re using bowls of the right size. It also has a stand to lift the bowl to the correct height for your Pom to feel comfortable when he eats. These bowls are simple to clean by hand or, considering that they’re dishwasher safe, put them in for an easy clean.

Fossa 24 oz Double Bowl Small Stainless Steel Feeding Station for Puppy & Small to Medium Dogs Or CatFossa No Spill Stainless Steel Dog Food Bowls. You’ll get a water and a food bowl as a set when you choose this option. It’s also ideal if you have two Poms and they love eating next to each other. The area around the bowls is made from food-grade silicone, designed to catch splashes and spills in the middle groove and the outer edges that are flipped. The bowls keep everything tidy and clean from a visual perspective and while your beloved pet eats his food. The bowls can hold 1.5 cups of food, an ideal size for Pomeranians.

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Feeding a Pomeranian Puppy

Feeding a Pomeranian Puppy

pomeranian puppyThink about the amount of energy a Pomeranian puppy uses in relation to its tiny size and ability to quickly utilise the food eaten. A small puppy will need to produce plenty of energy to run around and play. Enough nutrients must be also supplied in the diet to provide for growth. He must be fed a quality diet or his health and growth will suffer. The correct way to feed a Pomeranian Baby is to feed him a small amount of quality food often. The important words in relation to your Pomeranian Puppy’s food are QUALITY, LITTLE and OFTEN. Sorry the complete article is only available to our Premium members. Please join us now. Treats: Read the section on safe treats for your Pomeranian. Recommended quality puppy foods suitable for Pomeranians

Supplements:  Avoid giving a Pomeranian puppy any supplements, instead increase the amount of calcium in his diet the safe way by feeding lots of dairy products.

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Switching from Puppy Food to Adult Dog Food

Switching from Puppy Food to Adult Dog Food

pomeranian dog Pomeranian pups go through many changes during their first year. For correct growth and bone development I recommend feeding a high quality puppy food until your Pom’s first birthday. Around the 52 week mark Pomeranians should be fed a diet more suited to a dog who is now an adult Pom. Adult dog food is filled with the correct balance of vitamins and nutrients for adult dogs. One reason for the change is that adult dogs require less food and calories than growing puppies. The minerals and vitamins required by adult dogs differ as well. It’s wise to make the transition slowly so by the time he’s 52 weeks old, he’s only having adult dog food. If you don’t complete the changeover by this time, there may be some consequences. One is that the puppy’s metabolism slows and so the additional calories he’s consuming aren’t being burnt off and a result could be a little tubby Pom. The best way to make the change go smoothly Sorry the complete article is only available to our Premium members. Please join us now. Copyright Pomeranian.org. All Rights Reserved.

What Are The Best Treats For My Pomeranian?

What Are The Best Treats For My Pomeranian?

Best Treats Pomeranian puppiesCommercially available canine treats and cookies often consist of unhealthy and even harmful ingredients. For the health of your Pomeranian it is advisable to avoid feeding any doggie treats containing refined flour, sugar, artificial colours and preservatives.

Pom owners concerned about the safety of canine treats should refrain from feeding imported pet treats or products containing imported ingredients. When shopping for pet treats search for those containing wholesome, nutritious ingredients.

The Best and Healthiest Dog Treats for Pomeranian Puppies are Homemade.

Boiled beef heart, kidney or liver, cut into small pieces and put in the freezer with zip lock bags is a tasty and healthy home-made treat. These treats will last in your freezer for a couple of months. Another safe treat is small pieces of cheese.

Give your Pom large beef bones from your butcher. Ensure there aren’t any sharp edges. If you are worried about hygiene, boil the bone for a few seconds to kill germs. Allowing your Pomeranian to chew on these large beef  bones will assist with teeth cleaning and improve gum health.

Bacon Flavored Dog Biscuits

5 cups whole wheat flour 10 tablespoons melted bacon fat 1 cup milk 1/2 cup water 2 large eggs 1 teaspoon salt Mix all ingredients well. Pinch off pieces of the dough and roll them into golf ball sized pieces and place on a well-greased baking sheet. Bake at 350°F (175°C) for 35 to 40 minutes. Cool on wire rack.

  Canine Bacon Biscuits

2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour. 1/2 cup powdered milk 1 beef cube or 1 teaspoon beef stock powder 1 tablespoon wheat germ 1/3 cup bacon fat or vegetable oil 1 cup chopped bacon bits 1 large egg 1/2 cup cold water.

Pre heat oven to 350. F or 175. C and line tray with baking powder. Put all the dry ingredients and bacon into a large bowl, add the beaten egg, oil, water, garlic and mix well. If mixture is a little dry just add a bit more water. Roll out and using a doggy biscuit cutter, cut out biscuits and place on tray. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until a yummy golden brown. You can cut out a bone shape template using a firm cardboard.

Chicken Jerky

2 to 4 chicken breasts

Directions

1. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees Fahrenheit.

2. Remove any excess fat from the chicken. Turn the chicken breast on its side and use a paring knife to slice the chicken breast into 1/8 inch thick strips.

3. Set the strips on a baking sheet. Bake for 2 hours.

4. Check the chicken before removing from the oven. It should be dry and hard, not soft or chewy. Allow the chicken to cool completely before serving.

5. Store the jerky in an airtight container in the fridge for up to two weeks.

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Correct Nutrition is Essential for Puppies

Correct Nutrition is Essential for Puppies

What to Feed a Pomeranian Puppy

What to feed a Pomeranian puppy

Correct nutrition is essential for our pup’s development.

Correct nutrition is essential for our pup’s development. Don’t let this happen to your puppy… If your puppy is under 12 months, I recommend a high quality commercial puppy food because most home cooked doggie meals won’t contain the correct ratio of calcium to phosphorus.

Recommended Feeding Options for Pomeranian Puppies:

• A high quality canned puppy food.

• High quality dry puppy food (often called puppy kibble). A Pomeranian puppy is best fed a dry food which comes in very small pieces).

• Feed your puppy dairy products daily. For example: puppy milk, yoghurt and cheese. • Minced raw chicken carcass. (This is the minced chicken that contains small ground up chicken bones.)

How often should I feed my Pom Puppy?

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Tips On Handling A Fussy Eater

Tips On Handling A Fussy Eater

pomeranianYou have most likely been feeding your Pomeranian the same food each day for quite a while so it’s hardly surprising that he starts not wanting to eat it.

He’s not eating the food because he just doesn’t like it anymore. Dogs are carnivores, not omnivores, meaning they’re meat eaters. They were never designed to consume dry dog food. Similar to wild animals, they’re biologically designed to be meat eaters. They may look different to wolves but inside, they’re just the same.
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Why Your Pom Needs A Home-Made Diet

Why Your Pom Needs A Home-Made Diet

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Have you ever thought about what ingredients go into that bag or can of food you’re giving your beloved Pomeranian every day?

If you have, the good news is that you’re certainly not alone.

From what I have seen, the main reason why dog lovers choose home-made diets is because they’re greatly concerned about the quality of the food their feeding their family member. What are the addictive substances in that monster size bag of kibble?

The Commercial Pet Food Industry Doesn’t Have Tight Regulations.

You may be unaware that, unlike the food you dish up for yourself and your human family, the government doesn’t have much in the way of regulations regarding pet food. There’s no single body that takes responsibility for ensuring pets receive only the best quality food to keep them healthy.

The manufacture and distribution of pet food is subject to some regulations but they don’t cover whether the food is digestible, absorbable or even if it’s decent quality food worthy of being fed to the animals in people’s lives.

This means you have to trust the manufacturers and rely on the complete accuracy of the food labels on everything you buy.

For many dog owners, especially if they have previously faced problems when using commercial pet foods, this is simply not satisfactory.

It’s surprising that even some of the foods endorsed by vets don’t live up to the hype and some have actually caused problems in pets.

Between the absence of proper regulations and the uncertain quality of many types of pet foods prepared commercially, it’s not surprising that more pet lovers are becoming increasingly wary of feeding their pets these foods.

Not all foods are poor quality but, because the bad ones have forced people to lose trust in the pet food industry as a whole, many owners are keen to learn to create their own home-made pet foods.

The Biggest Downside To Creating Home-Made Pet Food.

I applaud all Pomeranian lovers who commit to feed their beloved Poms home-made food.Pomeranian

However, this is where a big problem can occur. If you plan to create home-made food, it needs to be done correctly and this means it must be a well-balanced diet with lots of variety. I have seen lots of dogs with health problems caused by an unbalanced, home-made diet.

Owners may have the best intentions in the world but if they change their Pom’s diet to one filled with home-made food, their dog’s health can be affected quite severely. Ironically, this is the thing owners are trying to avoid by changing to a diet of healthy home-made food in the first place. I’ll explain how you can avoid this problem shortly.

Human-Grade Food: It’s Not Only for Humans.

If the commercial food you’re feeding your Pomeranian doesn’t contain genuine human-made ingredients, you’re using rendered protein. Rendered meat is bits and pieces of various animals and nobody knows exactly what’s used. This is very poor quality, food with zero nutrition and it’s unfit for consumption by your Pom.Pomeranian puppy

The problem is that commercially manufactured pet food that only uses the human-grade ingredients is more than three times the price of the lower quality food. This is one reason to change to home-made food because you control everything your Pom eats and you’ll know its all high quality, human-grade food instead of the poor offcuts.

Get the Grain Out.

When thinking about a balanced home-made diet, you can make sure it’s the best food for your particular species. Most dog owners are gradually learning about what makes up the ideal food combinations for their dog(s).

For example, many do not realise a carnivorous dog shouldn’t be fed huge amounts of grains, rice, wheat and soy. Dogs don’t need grain and many dogs find grains very hard to digest so there’s really no point wasting time and money feeding your animals those foods.

Depending on your location, you may have trouble finding commercial pet foods that are affordable, contain human-made ingredients and have no grains.

This is yet another reason why home-made foods are a good idea. It can be cheaper and will reduce frustrations caused by trying to find the best commercial foods at the best prices.

Preservatives and Additives.

Pomeranian dogMost commercially manufactured pet foods contain artificial colours, preservatives, chemicals and emulsifiers that owners really don’t want their pets eating every day. Even the top of the range brands use more fats and flavour enhancers so the food is more appealing to pets, despite still not being healthy.

Other Benefits of Using Homemade Pet Food.

Many of the advantages of using home-made foods have already been covered. Here are more of them:

• You control every ingredient that does and does NOT go into your dog’s food. Preservatives and additives can be eliminated.

• You can choose the ideal vegetables for your individual Pom’s needs at the time, whether you need more antioxidants or perhaps food with medicinal properties.

• You select the specific meats to feed your Pomeranian. This is good if your dog is allergic to a certain protein.

• When you choose home-made foods, you can make decisions when bargains are available. Buy large amounts of vegetables and meats when on special. Prepare foods ahead of time and package or freeze until needed (weeks or even months ahead if you have the space).

• If you have neighbours or friends who do the same thing, you can go shopping together and buy in even bigger quantities when the sales are on. This can save money and time as well as sharing out the preparation work within the group.

The best benefit of creating your own home-made foods according to balanced recipes is that you know your Pom is getting nothing but the best and that will give him everything he needs to enjoy life.

Your Pomeranian will enjoy regular foods that are highly nutritious, species-appropriate, well-balanced and with the right amounts of vitamins and minerals to keep him as healthy as possible.

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