Joints may begin to ache and the senior Pom
walks a bit slower. As the dog ages, he may play a bit less and take slightly longer naps. Then one day, you suddenly do notice that there has been a change and you ask "When did that happen?!"
This is not a breed that typically becomes overweight. The majority of Poms do a sort of self-regulation; appetite often decreases as his/her energy needs slow down. So, for this reason, there is no need to be fanatical about food or calories; just do be aware that seniors will eat a bit less than their younger counterparts.
General guidelines for senior dogs, due to a slower metabolism and less exercise- are on the lower end of that for adults; 30 to 40 calories per each pound of body weight.
Weight = Calorie Requirement per Day
4 lbs. (1.81 kg)= 120 to 160
4.5 lbs. (2.04 kg)= 135 to 180
5 lbs. (2.26 kg)= 150 to 200
5.5 lbs. (2.49 kg)= 165 to 220
6 lbs. (2.72 kg)= 180 to 240
6.5 lbs. (2.94 kg)= 195 to 260
7 lbs. (3.17 kg)= 210 to 280
7.5 lbs. (3.4 kg)= 225 to 300
8 lbs. (3.62 kg)= 240 to 320
8.5 lbs. (3.85 kg)= 255 to 340
9 lbs. (4.08 kg)= 270 to 360
The Significance of Calories
When all is said and done, the exact number of calories that a Pomeranian ingests each day is of little importance compared to what he is eating. Curious owners are interested in seeing the numbers; however staying within that range without any regard to other factors is not beneficial to a dog's health.