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The Best Snacks for Pomeranians

Overview

The food that you give to your Pomeranian for snacks and reward is an important part of his overall diet. Depending on how often you give your Pom treats in between meals, this can account for 10 to 30% of his daily consumption. There are several reasons to give treats; the most common are to tide a dog over before his next meal, to reward good behavior, to help keep teeth clean, and to place into a treat-release chew when the dog is home alone. For some who have Pomeranians that are a bit underweight, snacks may be given in an attempt to increase calorie count for the day. Yet whether your Pom expects several snacks a day or you only give these out sparingly, it is important to offer the best ones possible.

Let’s take a look at the best treats and snacks by category:
Best Wholesome ‘Real Food’ Snacks for a Pomeranian

Wholesome fruits and vegetables can be a great choice if you wish to avoid commercial treats (and all of the possible chemicals and inferior ingredients) and wish to give a highly nutritious snack.

Veggies – Certain vegetables are often very well tolerated, taste great to many dogs and are good for both snacks and to mix into meals. This includes:
  • Sweet peas (the top nutrients are vitamin K, manganese, vitamin B, fiber, copper, vitamin C, phosphorus, folate, vitamin B6, vitamin B3, vitamin B2 and protein)
  • Green beans (the top nutrients are vitamin K, manganese, fiber, vitamin C, folate, vitamin B, copper and vitamin B1) 
  • Carrots (Poms may do best with baby carrots, top nutrients are vitamin A, biotin, vitamin K, fiber, molybdenum, potassium, vitamin C, vitamin B6 and manganese).
While any food is only good when given in moderation, these are both healthy and due to their fiber content can also be good for the digestive tract. In fact, if a Pomeranian is constipated, a diet higher in fiber is often a prevention technique.

Tips: When warming up or cooking vegetables, steaming is the way to go. Not only does steaming prevent the loss of nutrients that happens with boiling, some studies show that steaming may actually increase antioxidant content of vegetables. Raw carrots may be given and these crunchy treats can be a great for the teeth. If you want to add veggies to your Pom’s meals but they are not his favorite ingredients, dice them up very small and mix them in well so that they can’t be picked out.  
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Coach, at 13 weeks old
Photo courtesy of Dhaval Shah
Fruits – There are several reasons why certain fresh fruit are a terrific choice for snacks. These are low calorie, often high in water content (great for helping to ensure that a Pomeranian meets his water requirements) and are often super-packed with vitamins and antioxidants (which can fight against a wide range of illness and disease). 

While you cannot give every type of fruit to a dog as some are considered toxic (mainly due to the seeds or pit), some of the best ones you can safely give include:
  • Blueberries and raspberries 
  • Strawberries
  • Banana
  • Watermelon
These fruits make great snacks for Pomeranians because they are very versatile, are packed with water, are great sources of antioxidants, provide lots of vitamins, are well tolerated by the body and due to being sweet are almost always loved by dogs.

Tips: Fruit does contain natural sugar, though the fiber causes it to be absorbed much slower than otherwise; this said, fruit should be given in moderation. Many Pomeranians love fruit so much that owners really need to set guidelines as to how much will be given and when. Most types are terrific to give both fresh or frozen (frozen can be great for hot summer days or for when a puppy is teething). Be sure to know which fruits a Pom can and cannot eat, so stay away from toxic ones. 

Best Homemade Treats for a Pomeranian

There are snacks you can make for your Pom that range from super easy to make to those that involve a bit of time; however, the following are very healthy, tasty and best of all can be made in big batches so that they last for a while. Also, making treats at home is a great way keep away from additives.

Yogurt and Peanut Butter Mini Cupcakes (Difficulty level: Super Easy) – The only two ingredients in this homemade snack are great for dogs. Unlike cheese and milk, whole white yogurt is a dairy product that not only is well tolerated, but is also terrific as a probiotic to aid in keeping the digestive tract healthy. Peanut butter is a popular treat for canines because it is a good source of protein and contains heart-healthy fats. You want to choose natural (no added ingredients), unsalted and smooth peanut butter. 

To make a large batch, you will need: 32 ounces of whole white yogurt, 1 cup of peanut butter and mini cupcake trays.  

Instructions: Melt the peanut butter in the microwave (25 to 40 seconds, stirring at least once) and then immediately mix this very well into the yogurt. Spoon into the trays and freeze. Once these treats are frozen, transfer them to an airtight container (like Tupperware). 

Servings size is 1 and allow it to thaw for 15 minutes before giving it to your Pom. These can last up to 3 months in the freezer.
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Tiffany, at 8 years old
Photo courtesy of Ravyn
Pumpkin Cookies (Difficulty level: Moderate) – These are a great choice if you like to bake. Pumpkin is a food high in fiber, that aides in digestion. In fact, it is the go-to food if a dog has an upset stomach with diarrhea or constipation. It is also a great source of vitamins A and C. These snacks also include the beloved peanut butter (see above) and while it does need flour to hold it all together, you can use brown rice flour if your Pomeranian is sensitive to wheat (despite the hype only about 10% of canines have this intolerance).  

To make a large batch, you will need: 2.5 cups of whole-wheat flour or brown rice flour, 1/2 cup of 100% real pumpkin puree (not to be confused with pumpkin pie filling), 1/4 cup peanut butter (natural, un-salted, smooth) and 2 eggs. You’ll also need a whisk, a bowl, cookie cutters, a rolling pin and a baking sheet.

Instructions: Pre-heat the oven to 350 °. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, pumpkin puree and peanut butter until smooth. Add the flour and use your hands to mix this up until it forms a dry, stiff dough. If you find that the dough is crumbly and does not stick together, add a few drops of water at a time until it has the right consistency. 
Dust your counter with the flour and knead the dough into a round ball. Roll this out with the rolling pin until it is between 1/4 and 1/2” thick. Now it’s time to cut out shape with your chosen cookie cutters. 

Use as much dough as possible, by taking the scraps and re-working them. Place the cut-out pieces onto an un-lined baking sheet. You can place these very close together, because they retain their exact shape when baking. Bake for 20 minutes, flip over and bake for another 15 (or until completely dry). Allow these to cool. You can keep a certain amount in a zipped storage bag for about a week worth of treats and freeze the rest, thawing out 1 weeks’ worth at a time. These can last up to 6 months in the freezer. 
Best Dental Treats for a Pomeranian

Taking care of your Pom’s teeth is such an important part of care and can save your dog from a great deal of pain, tooth loss and can even extend his life span. All dogs are vulnerable to tooth decay; however, this is a particular concern for toy breeds like the Pomeranian. While you will want to brush your Pom’s teeth at home using a quality toothbrush and paste and bring him for yearly check-ups, offering the right dental treats can play a big role in good dental hygiene, keeping plaque at bay and even combating bad breath issues. 
Since most Poms do not eat all that much (calorie requirements are often less than owners think), it’s important to carefully choose which treats a Pomeranian should receive and make sure that at least 1 per day is a quality dental treat. 

The best dental treats will have several qualities. You’ll want to choose ones that are made to resist crumbling, thus offering a texture that employs a scrubbing effect. This, in turn, helps to remove plaque (that sticky residue that the body is constantly producing that leads to decay). The right texture also causes an increase in saliva that also works to remove plaque. In addition, you’ll want to be sure that the treat you choose is easy to digest, is all-natural (no additives), tastes great (so your Pomeranian will actual eat it) and is properly sized for your Pomeranian. 

What fits this bill? One of the best dental treats for Poms is Greenies Teenie Treats which are made for dogs that are 5 to 15 lbs. (2 to 7 kg). These are the #1 vet recommend dental treats and these were also the very first treat to receive the Seal of Acceptance by the Veterinary Oral Health Council for the control of both plaque and tartar buildup. 
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Olaf
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Best Store Bought Treats for a Pomeranian

While making snacks at home can be fun and offering wholesome foods is certainly healthy, many owners find the convenience of commercial treats very appealing. And commercial treats can have their place in a Pom’s overall diet, if you choose carefully. The #1 element that you’ll want to look for is that the snack is all-natural and does not contain harmful additives. Chemicals such as artificial coloring, artificial flavoring and preservatives can cause issues ranging from upset stomach to full-blown allergies. 
Just about all dog snacks need to have some sort of preservative to keep them from going bad. This can be all natural ones (and safe ones) made from vitamins B or C (often seen on labels as tocopherol or ascorbate), plant extracts such as rosemary and/or citrus. Or, they can be artificial ones (also referred to as synthetic) which can cause those allergic reactions, digestive upset and even poisoning with long-term consumption. Some are even being looked at as possible cancer causing agents (some are actually used as pesticides). 

Some of the worst additives include butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA), butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT), tert-butyl hydroquinone (TBHQ), propyl gallate, and ethoxyquin.
You’ll also want to steer clear of by-products. Often with innocent sounding terms such as ‘chicken by-product’, this is actually parts of animals that are unfit for human consumption. It can include hooves, lungs, beaks, stomach lining, and genitals. In addition, fully legal is the fact that by-products can contain 4D livestock animal parts, which are taken from dead, dying, diseased or disabled animals.
 
While overseas dog food plants are notorious for adding chemicals to foods and most owners know to avoid ‘made in China’ labels, you have to be really careful because sometimes the large print will say ‘packaged in the U.S.’ but ingredients are sourced from overseas. 

Safe Commercial Treats – You can feel confident in the following:
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Mr. Max, at 9 months old
Photo courtesy of Michael & Caresa
Old Mother Hubbard Mini’s – These are made and sourced in North America, which includes the U.S. and Canada. All varieties are made with only premium, all natural ingredients with zero artificial preservatives. They come in some super tasty flavors such as pumpkin & carrots, chicken & cheese, applesauce & oatmeal and chicken, liver & veggies. You can also obtain the assorted bag, which allows your Pomeranian to experience the healthy goodness of liver, bacon and peanut butter. There is even tartar control snacks (two bird with one stone) and joint health for senior Pomeranians or those that have had issues with patella luxation or hip dysplasia. 

Chewerz Sweet Potato Treats – These are a super tasty, simple treat made from just two ingredients: sweet Potatoes and vegetable glycerin (this is an all-natural plant oil, used for moisture and to preserve the treat naturally). There is zero coloring, flavors or preservatives. Made in the USA, these are a fantastic alternative to rawhides, as they are long-lasting (one piece will generally take a Pomeranian 20 to 40 minutes to eat).

Zuke's Mini Naturals Treats – Zuke’s is one of the best manufactured treats for dogs for good reason. They are made in the U.S.A. And all of the ingredients are sourced in the U.S. (aside from the wild rabbit which is sourced from New Zealand). These treats contain zero additives and have no corn, soy or wheat. There are 6 choices: chicken, duck, peanut butter, pork, salmon and wild rabbit and for each of these what you choose is what you get; with the duck, duck is the #1 ingredient, with the chicken, chicken is the # 1 ingredient and so forth; there is no artificial flavoring going on here. 

In addition, these are sized perfectly for toy breeds like the Pomeranian and are also great for training or reward (to reinforce house training, commands, etc.)
Best ‘Home Alone’ Treats for Pomeranians

If your Pomeranian suffers from separation anxiety, no doubt leaving treat-release toys is part of helping your dog cope with being home alone and the boredom that can ensue. But what do you stuff into the toy? You want a food that a) is easy to place into the chew, b) tastes good, c) is thick enough to be gradually released, d) is healthy and e) can serve as a meal if you are gone during a feeding time. That’s a tall order! 

However, one of the easiest methods is to use your chosen high-quality kibble and mix this into natural, un-salted, smooth peanut butter. It creates the right consistency and since it is familiar food, it will be tolerated and accepted. Do be sure to clean out the inside of the treat-dispensing toy with a bottle brush, as food stuck inside can quickly spoil. 
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Olivia Benson Soliz, at 2 years old
Photo courtesy of Angela Soliz
Best Treats to Help with Weight Gain

It should be noted that if you are concerned about your Pom’s weight, this should be discussed with your veterinarian. Owners should not take it upon themselves to encourage extra weight gain without first gaining expert opinion as to whether this should be done. Poms vary in regard to their bone structure, so a tiny, thin Pom is not necessarily under-weight. 

This said, there are Pom puppies that struggle to grow and adults that have difficulty maintaining. If so, adding some calorie dense snacks can be just the thing to help a Pomeranian gain a bit of weight. 

With your vet’s approval, aim to add about 150 calories more per day. This can be accomplished adding 1 tablespoon of salmon fish oil (123 calories) along with 1/4 cup of whole cottage cheese (55 calories) per day to a meal. This will be 178 calories more per day. Both foods are easily tolerated by most Poms and are healthy additions.
In addition, adding a scrambled egg to meal or giving alone as a snack is a good choice, as 1 egg has 70 calories, 6 grams of protein and when scrambled is a light food that will not cause a Pom to feel overly full. Also look to the peanut butter that we’ve mentioned throughout this article; 1 tablespoon has 90 calories, 4 grams of protein and is loved by most puppies and dogs. 
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