In order to provide your teacup pomeranian with a balanced diet, you need to understand the building blocks and core components to ensure a long, happy and healthy life for your furry little friend.
Your dog needs the following:
- clean water
- vitamins & minerals
I know it is obvious and we hear it all the time, even for humans, but all of us need to drink ample amounts of clean water. Always make sure your dog has adequate water available. Thankfully, with smaller dogs there is less to worry about with respect to them tipping their water bowls over and so forth. If you are an owner who needs to leave your animal home alone while you are at work or what not, you should seriously consider purchasing a heavy-duty spill-proof water bowl.
Vitamins & Minerals
This may be somewhat controversial, and I do not mean to offend, but it makes little sense to invest so much money in your dog only to feed it substandard/inferior dog food. If you are feeding your pomeranian quality dog food there should be no need to supplement their diet with vitamins and minerals. Many inferior food products do not offer the full spectrum of vitamins and minerals your dog needs for a balanced diet. Even worse, there is considerable evidence that commercially available big name brand dog foods are actually harmful to our pets. Personally, it seems pretty foolish to me to skimp on dog food quality because there are cheaper options only to have to buy vitamin and mineral supplements and spend additional time and energy ensuring that your dog is consuming these supplements.
Commit to purchasing higher quality dog food and you will not need to worry about this aspect of your dog’s dietary needs.
These vitamins and minerals play a key role in maintaining the health and strength of your dog’s bone structures, teeth and other functions. With a tiny dog like a teacup pomeranian you need to be hyper-vigilant with these needs and issues because skimping on food to save a couple of bucks a month will be undone by costly veterinarian bills in the future.
Proteins are essential for muscle growth and repair. It also performs similar functions with respect to bone and additionally provides your puppy with amino acids that aid in the production of antibodies, hormones and enzymes.
This helps your dog’s body chemical processes and wards off infections and illnesses. One of the best sources of protein is from meat and poultry products.
Carbohydrates are the fuel that make your little Pom Pom’s engine go! As we all know, Pommies can be very active, rambunctious and a blur of constant movement when not sitting adoringly in the laps of their owner (i.e. pomeranian temperament).
Carbohydrates are usually found in grains, starches and vegetables and dog owners should carefully read the nutritional content labels and packaging of their preferred brands to compare.
Many people have a reflexively negative reaction to the notion of fat in their diet. The fact about fat is that it is needed and incredibly important in all of our diets. Fat generally makes food taste better for humans and it is no different in our dogs.
Your pomeranian will respond better to the flavor and taste of dog food that has some fat in it. Obviously, the question is the level of fat content. We want just enough, but not too much.
Fat also serves as an energy source. In humans, it is primarily a reserve source of energy. Humans consume carbohydrates first and then tap into fat when the body extinguishes these options. When humans eat too many carbohydrates than their body needs for energy, it converts the carbs into fat. When we minimize our carbohydrate intake and our body needs access to more energy, it will tap into these fat stores for assistance.
Fats also act as a delivery system for various fat-soluble vitamins like vitamins A, D, E and K. This helps keep your dog looking beautiful with a healthy coat and healthy skin.
This is primarily wear the human element comes into play. Owners need to keep their animal on a healthy eating schedule with a consistent diet. One of the major mistakes pet owners make is switching between dog food brands when one goes on sale. Mixing and changing up the food your animal eats will disrupt their digestive system, stress them out and result in health issues (minor and/or major).
This is not to say that you can never change the food your dog eats. After all, if you are reading this for the first time and determine that you are feeding your dog poor quality food it would make zero sense to continue doing so just because you read that mixing food options causes stress and discomfort.
When you want to switch to another brand, it is best if you do so over a period of about two weeks. You will want to start feeding your pomeranian a blend of the two dog foods. Make the blend gradual. For example, maybe you try blending 1/8th of the new food into the food mix for three days and then make the food serving 1/4th of the new brand for three days, etc.
Make sure you find out what brand of dog food your teacup pomeranian breeder is using and ask them why they are using that brand. If you want to continue using that brand, great. If you do not, continue feeding your new puppy the same brand for a couple of months until there is some semblance of normalcy and structure in the new home. After you have established a routine, then you can start migrating to a different dog food product. No sense adding dietary stresses to a new puppy going through an immense amount of stress as it adapts to a new home.
Moreover, please do not feed your dog human food scraps. It may seem cute and fun and also serve as a bit of a bonding moment between you and your dog. But, it is not healthy! And you are only creating bad habits.