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What to Feed a Pomeranian Puppy

Do you want to know how to feed a Pomeranian puppy? What is the best Pomeranian puppy food? How much should a Pomeranian puppy eat? Correct puppy feeding amount and Pomeranian puppy dog feeding frequency options all explained in detail.

The best choice of food to give your Pomeranian puppy is one that’s specifically made for puppies and is of the highest quality. Foods of this nature need 10% – 25% fat and 22% – 32% protein. Food for adult dogs or low-quality meals prepared for him at home aren’t acceptable.

This article has a single focus – looking at the different aspects of food and what your Pomeranian puppy should be fed to ensure the best possible health. I’ll look at what foods are good, what nutrients are essential and the reasons why puppy needs these nutrients.

Don’t let pictured below happen to your Pomeranian puppy. 

Pomeranian Puppy Feeding
Correct nutrition is essential for a pup’s development. Don’t let this happen to your puppy.

Your Pomeranian Puppy Needs Correct Nutrients to Stay Healthy

If you love animals, you’ll most likely know that nutrients are a critical part of any dog’s diet, not only a Pomeranian. Our furry 4-legged friends require a balanced diet consisting of protein, minerals and vitamins. If this is not fed, your puppy won’t have a strong immune system capable of fighting off diseases.

The choice you make when selecting food for your Pomeranian puppy is a critical component of good health and happiness. He also needs lots of exercise.

However, most of us easily forget how essential it is to ensure that each meal we give our Pomeranian is chockful of all these vital nutrients.

Pom puppies require far more care than the much bigger breeds. They can’t just eat food, regardless of what it is. Pomeranian puppies must have a planned, nutritious diet so they can maintain the best possible health.

Your Pomeranian pup only should eat puppy food. There are plenty of different foods to choose from and you should select a wide variety of kibble and wet foods.

You need to focus on nutrients such as proteins and fatty acids and anything else that contains lots of calories. When buying good foods to give your Pomeranian puppy, they must be filled with these nutrients as well as any extra minerals and vitamins. This is why nutrients are essential and how your puppy benefits.

Fatty Acids Help Protect Puppy Against Dermatitis

Fatty acids are high on the list of nutrients to feed your Pomeranian. However, they’re also lacking in a lot of animal diets. Dog owners like you must ensure your puppy’s diet is rich in fatty acids. These nutrients are essential for muscle strength, heart health, a heathy reproductive system and much more.

There is one essential reason why fatty acids are a critical part of your furry friend’s good health and that is his skin. Pomeranians are extremely prone to dermatitis, and this dries the skin and makes it itch. Fatty acids can protect your Pomeranian’s skin and ensure it’s as healthy as possible.

The reason why they succeed is their nutritional value. They possess exceptional antioxidant properties and also act as mediators for numerous physiologic processes that exist in their bodies. They reduce inflammation, help with clotting of the blood and smooth the digestive tract.

Without sufficient fatty acids, most important body functions can be adversely, so it’s something to be avoided at all cost. Problems that a deficiency can cause include: digestive issues, skin problems, eye disease, allergies, heart troubles and many more so your puppy must have a healthy diet.

Not all foods for puppies contain the identical amount of fatty acids; food that’s high in quality does contain a larger quantity. Always read food labels to check if a food contains the right amount of the nutrients necessary for your Pom.

Your Pomeranian Puppy Requires More Calories Than an Adult Dog

Pomeranians are very energetic animals. He can consume more calories quicker than other dogs, meaning you have to constantly replenish his energy. I recommend feeding your Pomeranian puppy 3 or 4 times each day. When he’s older, reduce it to twice daily.

You need to alter the portion sizes of his food as he ages. You don’t want him to be fat and risk contracting diabetes. Your aim is to keep him at a healthy wealthy weight and ensure his metabolism functions well.

A fit, healthy puppy won’t have thick fat in between the bones. As he grows, his weight will start to fluctuate. It will even out around his body and all fat and weight will distribute evenly across his body. Feed him more calories to assist in achieving a healthy weight.

Pomeranian Protein Requirements

Start by talking to your vet. It’s common for adult food to have less protein than puppy food.

Protein Helps Prevents Puppy Having Dental Troubles

Pomeranians are usually a healthy dog breed, providing they have the right diet and enough exercise. However, they have a major weakness compared to bigger breeds.

Protein is essential to your puppy’s diet and it helps in so many ways. It’s a great energy source, repairs the body and muscle and, strengthens the immune system to tackle diseases and stubborn infections.

Your Pomeranian can only get protein from his food. If you don’t feed him enough proteins, his body may be unable to create essential hormones and enzymes, critical to your dog’s continued good health.

One specific reason why protein is critical to the health of your Pom is his dental health. Pomeranians have small mouths and are more prone to dental problems such as: tooth decay, tooth pain, crowded teeth, gum infections and more. Without the right level of protein, his teeth are in a higher risk level of exposure to these dental issues.

Trouble begins with a build-up of tartar. Then comes an infection and that can cause problems in the gums and roots of his teeth If these problems aren’t treated, tooth decay can occur.

This causes a lot of pain for any puppy, not only a Pomeranian. This is the reason why you have to feed your little furball a high-protein diet.

The ideal method for learning if your puppy isn’t getting enough protein is to do a check for symptoms of weakness, unexplained weight loss or a rough/dull coat.

If you suspect he has dental problems or a protein deficit, take him to the vet for a check.

Can Puppies Eat Adult Dog Food?

Correct nutrition is essential for a pup’s development. Feeding a puppy adult dog food can have dire consequences. For the long-term health of your Pomeranian puppy a quality puppy diet is essential.

What Do Pomeranian Puppies Eat?

The best food for Pomeranian puppies a high quality commercial puppy food because most adult dog food and home cooked doggie meals won’t contain the correct ratio of calcium to phosphorus.

Best Food for Pomeranian Puppy

  • A high quality wet 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.)

Pomeranian Puppy Food

I recommend and really like the Royal Canin brand as the best food for young puppies:

Pomeranian Puppy Feeding Timetable

How often should my Pomeranian puppy eat? How frequently you must feed your Pomeranian puppy is dependent upon their age.

Pomeranian puppies who are under 6 months must have food accessible at all times.

Pomeranians over 6 months still require puppy food until 12 months. From 6 to 12 months, Pomeranian pups require canned puppy food offered twice daily with dry food still made available 24/7.

How often to feed Pomeranian puppies 8 weeks old:

  •  Premium quality dry puppy food should be available at all times.
  •  Water must be available at all times.
  •  Canned puppy food or minced raw chicken carcass together with puppy milk (or cheese or yoghurt) is offered to puppy three to four times per day.

How Much Should You Feed a Pomeranian Puppy?

How much to feed a Pomeranian puppy? Are you unsure of the correct Pomeranian puppy feeding quantity? 

At Dochlaggie Pomeranians 8 week old Pomeranian puppies are offered the following as per my Pomeranian puppy feeding chart:

Exactly What to Feed a Pomeranian Puppy Diet Chart

  • 1 or 2 heaped tablespoons of canned puppy food with a little cheese or puppy milk on top, three or four times per day.  Meals are made more palatable in winter if warmed prior to serving.
  • 1 or 2 heaped tablespoons of puppy kibble or dry food in a small shallow dish should be available 24/7.

Increase these amounts a little each month until puppy is about six months. This puppy feeding quantity is just a guide as puppies are individuals. A very active or bigger pup will require more food.

Use commonsense. If puppy is clearly still hungry and isn’t fat, increase Pomeranian puppy food amount you feed him.

Important Pomeranian Puppy Diet Facts

  • Avoid feeding any puppy red meat.
  • Avoid giving puppy calcium supplements.
  • Increase the amount of calcium in pup’s diet the safe way by feeding more dairy.
  • Don’t feed your Puppy an adult dog food.
  • Home cooking for puppies is not recomended.
  • Raw feeding is best not introduced until after 18 months of age.

Pomeranian Puppies Often Require Increased Calcium While Teething

Signs of calcium deficiency include:

  •  One or both ears standing awkwardly or flopping over.
  •  The tail standing upwards instead of flat on pup’s back.

Signs of extreme calcium deficiency include:

Importance of the Correct Phosphorous and Calcium Ratio

Phosphorous and calcium work together well to maintain the structure and growth of your dog’s skeletal system. If your Pom is deficient or has too much of either minerals, problems with the skeleton can occur. This is especially true in young puppies.

In the long term, it’s critical to good health that you feed your Pomeranian the correct ratio of these two minerals. Issues with these minerals generally don’t exist nowadays because it’s easy to buy commercial pet food with a healthy balance of both substances.

Problems of this nature usually occur if you feed your Pom an excessive amount of these minerals or make a homemade diet that isn’t properly balanced. Young, rapidly-growing puppies face this problem much more often than older dogs.

Calcium Deficiency

The correct ratio of phosphorous to calcium is vital. A calcium deficiency used to be fairly normal. The cause was mainly due to feeding your dog diets that are high in meats and organ meats that are low in calcium and high in phosphorous. If the dogs weren’t fed calcium supplements, they would often develop rickets (a skeletal abnormality) and many other ailments.  

Changing Puppy Food to Adult Dog Food

How Long to Feed Puppy Food?

After 12 months of age, I firmly believe healthy, home cooked meals are best for your Pomeranian. 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 is to replace ¼ cup of puppy food with dog food. Increase by a further ¼ every few days until the whole amount is replaced. If your puppy has an upset stomach, reduce the adult food and then make the change at a far slower rate.

Home Cooking Pet Food-Pomeranian Food Recipes

At around the one year mark, I recommend changing your Pomeranian’s diet from commercial puppy dog food to a home cooked dog food diet.

Seriously consider home cooking for your Pomeranian. Home cooked dog food is number one on my best Pomeranian dog food list.

Home cooking will ensure your Pom eats a variety of nourishing and healthy food. Pet food can be cooked in advance and frozen for later use in meal size portions.

Refer to the Home Cooking for your Pomeranian section for the best Pomeranian food recipes.

Pomeranian Vitamins and Supplements

If you give your puppy (under 52 weeks) extra minerals and Pomeranian vitamins, these supplements may cause health issues. Once the puppy is over that mark, supplements are usually fine added to the adult dog food you use. Talk to your vet about any supplements which may be required. Most high quality commercially produced dog food does not require supplementation.

Adult Pomeranian Feeding Schedule

It is important to make changes to your Pomeranian dog’s feeding regime, once he turns one year old. Failing to reduce the number of times your Pomeranian is fed daily, can result in an overweight Pomeranian.

As the puppy ages, he can eat twice a day instead of the three to four times he was eating when younger. If stomach upsets occur, revert back to thrice daily for a short time.

How Much to Feed an Adult Pomeranian Dog

Ensure you understand how much food is the recommended daily allowance when you change to adult dog food. Generally, it will be less than fed to a Pom puppy. Again, talk to your vet or breeder about the amount of calories required by most adult Pomeranians. 

Pomeranian Puppy
Pomeranian Puppy

Pomeranian Puppy Diet Final Thoughts

Many factors govern how much, and what food you feed your Pomeranian, regardless of whether he’s a puppy or an adult.

Other elements include gender, health, activity level and size of the dog. One serious problem that must be avoided is obesity.

When you change the food to adult food, you may have to try things to see what works best. If your puppy doesn’t like adult dog food, add a small amount of canned puppy food, fat-free turkey or chicken broth.

Praise your puppy when he eats the new food combinations and if nothing you try makes him eat, you can pretend to eat it yourself, to show him that it’s delicious.

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References and Further Reading:
[1] Denise Leo “The Pomeranian Handbook”.

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