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Pomeranian Food and Water Bowls

Pomeranian eating from stainless steel bowl

There are a few important supplies that are crucial for taking proper care of a puppy or dog and with the Pomeranian, finding the right bowl is quite important. We will first touch on plastic VS stainless steel, which is a vital element in choosing the right dish. Then, we will go over how the bowl that you choose affects several elements, including:
  • How well your Pom eats and drinks
  • Your Pom's comfort level and feeling of security
  • The right bowls help ensure proper feeding portions are given
  • The right bowl helps prevent a buildup of bacteria, mold and even algae in water
  • Can control the speed at which your Pom eats, which is important if your puppy or dog eats too quickly.
So, let's take a look at these issues and how to find the right bowl for your particular Pomeranian. 
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Plastic VS Stainless Steel Bowls - Without a doubt, stainless steel is the better choice. Plastic dog food and water bowls are inferior in many ways:
  • They tend to slide - Lightweight and often with ineffective skid-less bottoms, plastic bowls rarely stay in place. Opposite to that a stainless steel bowl will offer enough weight so that it stays in place, allowing for more comfortable eating. 
  • They scratch easily - Plastic bowls are just too soft; they quickly develop nicks and scratches. And it is within these tiny crevices that bacteria loves to thrive. A quick rinse will not be enough, you have to really scrub hard to properly clean a plastic bowl and it's going to be an endless cycle of trying to keep up with keeping bacteria out. Alternatively, stainless steel is a very durable, scratch-resistant material that will offer a smooth eating surface that helps prevent germs and bacteria. 
  • They can cause loss of pigmentation to the nose- Approximate 1/3 of all dogs that have color loss on the nose have this due to eating out of the plastic bowls. Not only do dyes leak out, there is also a chemical reaction that occurs that can cause this discoloration of the nose. It's really a shame, because an easy switch to a proper stainless steel bowl can reverse this issue.  
  • They do not keep water cool - One aspects that encourages a dog to drink is the cool temperature of the water. With plastic, it will reach room temperature much sooner than with stainless steel. 
How the Bowl Affects Your Pomeranian

While a hungry dog will eat out of just about any container, choosing the best food and water bowls for your Pomeranian puppy, adult or senior is going to affect a lot of things: 

How well a Pom eats and drinks - If a bowl is too deep, a Pom can really struggle to reach the food bits. In addition, foreheads are often bumped on high rims. If the bottom does not have an effective non-skin surface & if the bowl is not heavy enough, it will not stay in place, also causing a Pom to have problems. 

Comfort level- Dogs feel most secure when they can eat without worry. If they have a hard time reaching their food or if their bowl does not stay put, this can lead to a feeling of vulnerability that causes stress during meal times. 

Proper serving size- Many pet owners end up choosing bowls that are much too large for their particular dog. And when the bowl is too large, this makes serving sizes off skew. All too often, extra food is spooned in since the right amount looks minuscule in an over-sized container. In turn, owners then believe that their Pom is not eating enough, when in fact it is just a matter of feeding toy sized dog from a bowl meant for small or even medium breeds. 

Cleanliness- As mentioned earlier, germs and bacteria can be a real problem with cheap, plastic bowls. For both food and water, the best way to go is stainless steel. While the bowls still need to be cleaned, doing so will be much easier with a smooth, nick-free, durable surface.  

Rate of ingestion - Poms are small dogs and therefore eat a small amount of food. The entire meal time for a Pom can be as little as 1 minute. If your Pom tends to gulp his meals down too quickly, he may do best with either a slow-feeder bowl or with a portion pacer that is placed down into his current bowl. Both methods work to displace food which encourages slow eating. 
Floor Level VS Raised

Luckily, with this breed both choices are viable options. In breeds that are prone to bloat, raised bowls are not recommended. However, with toy dogs like the Pomeranian, you should choose the type that best fits your Pom's particular preferences.

Puppies and dogs that enjoy being spoiled by being hand fed often do best with raised bowls. Poms with neck issues (collapsed trachea, etc.) also need a bowl to be at a height that is easiest to eat. Since it can be a bit difficult to ensure that a Pom is eating and drinking enough, it really is a matter of personal preference; the most important element is that your Pom really loves his bowl, which helps ensure that he receives enough nutrients and is meeting his water requirements. 
Floor Water Dish VS Fountains

In regard to water dishes, if you have a hard time getting your Pom to drink enough water, using a canine water fountain can be incredibly helpful. With filters to keep it clean, the flowing water both attracts a dog to it and keeps him there for a longer period of time. 

Let's Take a Look at the Best Bowls for Pomeranians

GPET Dog Bowl with Rubber Base, Stainless Steel (Set of 2)- This is one of the best sets. These appropriately sized bowls are made of high quality stainless steel, are dishwasher safe and rust resistant. In fact, this set comes with a 5 year guarantee. These have quality rubber bottoms that prevent slipping and protects your floors from any scratches. 

Fossa No Spill Stainless Steel Dog Food Bowls - This is a great choice because both the food bowl and water bowl comes as one complete set. It is also great if your have two Poms and they enjoy eating side-by-side. These are quality stainless steel and the area surrounding the dishes is a great food-grade silicone that catches any spills or splashes, with its middle groove and flipped outer edges. This dish set works very well to keep things nice and tidy; both in how it looks in your kitchen and keeping things clean as your Pom eats. Each dish holds 1.5 cups, which is perfect for Pomeranians. 

Dogit Stainless Steel Double Dog Diner - This is a really good choice for several reasons. First, it comes in mini size (8.4 fluid oz. per dish) for Poms 9 pounds and under and small (13.5 fluid oz. per dish), best for Poms 10+ pounds, so you are assured that your Pomeranian is eating from bowl of correct proportions. In addition, it comes with a nice stand that raises it just enough for a Pom to eat comfortably. It is super easy to remove the dishes for cleaning, which are dishwasher safe. 

Premium Elevated Feeder, Double Bowl Raised - Made of a base of water-resistant bamboo, this is a high quality set that is made just for small dogs, with a height of 4 inches (perfect for adults Pomeranians, not puppies). For Poms that do not like to stoop, this is super effective. This comes with 4 stainless steel bowls, so that while you are cleaning two, the other two are in place. It also comes with a  100% satisfaction guarantee. 
Dish Tips

1) If you are changing bowls, give your Pom about 1 week to get used to the new set-up. If you are transitioning from a plastic bowl to a stainless steel one or from a floor level to a raised, know that you are making changes in your Pom's best interest and it will just take a bit of time for your dog to get used to things. Most often, a dog does have an inner sense about these things; if you send out a vibe that the dishes are what's best, your Pom will pick up on that.

2) Do routinely wash the bowls. While the smooth surface of steel dishes will help to keep germs and bacteria at bay, you'll want to wash the dishes with hot water and soap or in the dishwasher. While we recommend a nightly cleaning (after your Pom has had his last meal), do wash them at least once per week.

3) If you will be taking your Pomeranian to visit at someone's house for the day, do bring along his dish set. Most Poms get very attached to their bowls and this will help ensure that your puppy or dog will feel secure and comfortable eating away from home. 

4) Choose the location of the bowls carefully. Dogs can be very picky about where they eat, but for good reasons. Canine instinct causes them to be very aware of their surroundings during a meal, even if they only appear focused on the food. 

They need a quiet corner to eat, that is away from any sort of foot traffic. If there are people walking by too close or sitting and talking, this can cause a dog to feel as if his food source is being threatened. You'll want to choose a quiet corner in the kitchen and be sure that everyone in the household is on board with not causing commotion while your Pom eats and does not disturb him during meal times. 

5) And then do not make changes. Since dogs do best when they can depend on knowing exactly where their food and water is at all times, do not move the location of the bowls unless absolutely necessary. If you will be moving to a new house, do your best to have the dishes be in the same area; for example, the corner to the left of the table. 
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