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. 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. 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. Most 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. Copyright Pomeranian.Org. All Rights Reserved.
Pomeranian breed expert Denise Leo of Dochlaggie fame. Promoting and improving the Pomeranian Dog since 1975. Breeder and Exhibitor of Best in Show winning Supreme, Grand Champion and Champions. Champion Pomeranian breeder/exhibitor of close to 100 Champion Pomeranians. Champion Pomeranian puppies Melbourne, Australia.