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Human Food for Pomeranians: What Foods Can Dogs Eat and Cannot Eat?

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There are times when I give my Pomeranians food that’s left over from our evening meal so I don’t waste it. However, I was curious about what can Pomeranians eat and what is not safe for Pomeranians to eat. This led to me doing some research on what foods can dogs eat and cannot eat.

Some fresh whole foods are safe Pomeranian food. For example, some animal protein is also safe.

Generally speaking, you can give your Pomeranian small amounts of food containing sugar and carbohydrates.

On the other hand, human food with high amounts of caffeine, sugar, sodium, additives and preservatives should not be fed to your Pomeranians.

There are also foods that Pomeranians may be allergic to, so they should be avoided. Keep reading to learn more about the pros and cons of human foods and the risks some of them can create.

What Can Pomeranians Eat?

If you offered your Pomeranians just about human food, do you think they would say no? Of course not! What they will do is grab it from you or empty their bowls in record time.

So, it’s up to you to know exactly what foods are safe and what foods may harm your Pomeranians and make sure everybody in the household knows this information as well.

Make a list of SAFE foods and a different list of UNSAFE foods. Use the lists below as a guide. They should be printed off and displayed where you feed your dogs as a means of checking whether the food given is safe for your Pomeranians to consume. You never know what may happen if foods are mixed up and your Pomeranian might even like a particular food you never knew.

List 1 – Feed Your Pomeranian These Foods Anytime

Here’s a long list of human foods you can safely share with your Pomeranians whenever you desire. It includes turkey, chicken, fish, bison, hamburger meat, venison, crawfish, shrimp, pork, beef liver, lamb, asparagus, carrots, beets, asparagus, bell peppers, green beans, kale, quinoa, rice, pasta, broccoli, cauliflower, watermelon, strawberries, raspberries, mangoes, cucumber, lettuce, blueberries, eggs, kiwi fruit, plums, pineapple, lettuce, honeydew melon, cantaloupe, peanuts, peanut butter, cheese, honey, cottage cheese, apples, bananas, yams, potatoes, peas, flaxseeds, sunflower seeds, zucchini, nectarines, peaches, pears, blueberries, cashews, nectarines, apples and eggs. (Please remember do not feed the seeds of nectarines, peaches etc.)

After reading that long list of foods, you’ll see it’s not so bad because most of them are natural whole foods. People and many animals find these foods delicious so it’s not hard to get a good balance to ensure that people maintain good health and help their animals also keep healthy.

2. Your Pomeranian Should Only Consume These Foods Sometimes

The foods on this are still healthy for Pomeranians but shouldn’t be eaten as often as those listed on list 1 for various reasons.

List 2 foods include: crackers, bread, waffles, popcorn, bacon, marshmallow, guava, coconut, bacon, potato chips and maple syrup. Regard this list of foods as occasional dog treats or you can follow my expert opinion and never give them to your Pomeranian at all. However, it’s up to each owner.

Which Human Foods Shouldn’t My Pomeranian Eat?

On the opposite side of the coin, you have human foods your Pomeranian shouldn’t eat and they sit in one of two categories.

3. These Foods Are Usually Meant to Be Avoided

It’s ok for your Pomeranian to eat these foods sometimes but, be careful, especially if you notice side effects after your Pomeranian has eaten these foods. The reason is that they may fall on the borderline between what’s safe and what’s unsafe. So, these are the “grey area” foods that you may be tempted to give your Pomeranian in small amounts or you may choose to never feed your Pomeranian.

Cream Pomeranian Puppy
Cream Pomeranian Puppy

List 3 foods include meatloaf, processed cheese, macaroni and cheese, ice cream, pickles, almonds, wheat, corn, tacos, spam, sausages, margarine, ham, deli meats, infant formula, pistachios, almonds, hot dogs.

4. Foods You Should Never Feed Your Pomeranians

Now we have 3 lists to help manage the types of human food you can always feed your Pomeranians, the ones they could eat sometimes, and the food that you may choose to give your Pomeranians occasionally. This final list is human foods that your Pomeranians must NEVER eat under any circumstances because they can harm your Pomeranians at best and be deadly at worst.

List 4 foods include: macadamias, walnuts, pecans, grapes (including raw, jelly, jam and juices), currants, raisins, chives, leeks, shallots, garlic, onions, chocolate, coffee grounds, anything containing caffeine, cinnamon, wild mushrooms, cherries, seeds, fruit pits, tomato sauce, yeast dough, anything with xylitol, and all restaurant food.

Dangerous Chemicals and Additives in Food

In human food and dog food, there are lots of chemicals and additives. Even when eating whole foods that are supposed to be all-natural, there will be traces of some chemicals because of the way modern agriculture works. Some of the chemicals used can harm Pomeranians. The list includes:

Caffeine.

MSG (Chinese “super salt”).

High levels of salt.

Xylitol (a specific type of sugar).

When it comes to additives, human food may have some ingredients harmless to people but may be dangerous for dogs. Pomeranians are highly susceptible to food allergies. These typically exist because of the presence of food additives. Additives that should be avoided within human food include:

BHT (butylated hydroxytoluene).

BHA (butylated hydroxyanisole).

Corn and wheat gluten.

Propylene glycol.

Ethoxyquin.

Rendered fat.

Food dyes (blue 2, red 40, yellow 5 and 6, 4-MIE).

The issue with these types of chemicals and ingredients is that they’ll often exist in human food, particularly today with modern cuisine. Gaining a strong understanding of the chemicals and additives in your food will help your Pomeranian when he’s enjoying your leftovers. It will also help you and your family by learning what bad and good ingredients are being consumed.

Don’t Allow Others to Feed Your Pomeranian

When other family members and friends visit me, my Pomeranians are ecstatic. They get plenty of attention as they run around in such an excited manner. They know the best way to get attention is to beg for human food (whether it’s snacks or table scraps), and they have become so adept at it during their years living in your home. However, you mustn’t allow your visitors to be enticed into feeding them.

Human Food for Pomeranians
Human Food for Pomeranians

You can pre-empt trouble by asking all the visitors to practice restraint whenever they want to give your Pomeranians any human food. As an owner, you should be an expert when it comes to knowing what human foods are safe and not safe to feed your Pomeranians but you can’t expect visitors to have the same degree of knowledge.

Therefore, the household rule for animal feeding needs to be one of two options:

1. Anybody not living in the house must check with you before feeding your Poms.

2. Nobody can feed your Pomeranians unless they live in the house.

Then it’s your choice if you want to stick with one option or swap them, depending on who is visiting. These simple rules will keep your Pomeranians safe from harm.

Can Pomeranians Become Spoiled Dogs?

If somebody says their issue is a dog not eating dog food but eating human food, it usually means the dog has been spoiled and he determines what he eats, instead of you making the decisions. One way to fix this problem is to stop giving him any human food for a while. How he behaves will dictate when you want to try giving him a small amount of human food to see if his attitude has improved

While some dogs may only want human food, they need dog food as well. There are lots of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients within dog food that helps keep a dog healthy. Human food may have some of them but in different levels or may not have them at all.

Give Your Pom The Best Quality Pomeranian Dog Food

If possible feed your Pomeranian the best food. The best food for a Pomeranian over 12 months of age is a balanced diet of home cooked meals and raw feeding.

If this type of food for Pomeranian this is not practical for your circumstances do not despair. There are plenty of different brands of dog food to keep them healthy and happy. The companies provide safe food and have sterling reputations to maintain. When looking for the best food for your dog, it’s essential that the label states they don’t add any food additives (or just a minimal amount) to the recipe. If the label doesn’t list this information, then it’s probably because there are harmful additives (including sawdust), not fit for canine consumption.

When you do your research into healthy dog foods, read the ingredients label and make sure there’s not a long list of chemicals that are impossible to pronounce, let alone know what they are. There are plenty of unethical dog food companies that do some frightening things, to cut costs, save money, and not waste what they can include in what they can sell. Be extremely careful when buying dog food. Your vet is a good source of information and can usually give you names of a few reputable companies locally.

Best Food for Pomeranian Puppy?

The best Pomeranian puppy food is a quality commercial dog food.

These are some of the good quality brands of Pomeranian dog food. I’m sure there are others, but this list is a good place to begin. Royal Canin, Purina, Nature’s Recipe, Wellness Complete, Blue Wilderness, Hills and so the list goes on.

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References and Further Reading:
[1] Official Standard of the Pomeranian (AKC). American Kennel Club, 2011.
[2] English Kennel Club Pomeranian Breed Standard, 2017.
[3] Denise Leo, The Pomeranian Handbook.
[4] Milo G. Denlinger “The Complete Pomeranian”.
[5] Kimbering Pomeranians “1891-1991”.
[6] William Taplin “The Sportsman’s Cabinet”.
[7] E. Parker “The Popular Pomeranian”.
[8] Lilla Ives “Show Pomeranians”.

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