How Do I Know if My Pomeranian is Overweight?
The easiest way is to take a look at your dog's rib cage. This will tell you a lot. You will want to look at the ribs and touch the bones.
Looking - Stand above your Pomeranian. This can be done more easily when your Pom is wet after a
bath and his fur is not getting in the way. Does the stomach area on the dog curve in? Is there a distinction between the upper torso and the lower torso of the dog? If not, there is most likely too much fat there.
Pushing the fur aside, try to gently touch the rib bones on your Pomeranian. Dogs that are underweight will have bones that are right against the skin and protruding in some places. Pomeranians that are overweight will have a thick shielding of fat between the bones and you; if you find it very difficult to even locate your pet's rib bones, this is a sign of obesity.
There is a mathematical equation that you can perform to determine how many calories a dog should be eating:
weight in kilograms x 30 + 70 = calories needed per day. For example: 2.26 kg x 30 = 67.8 + 70 = 137.8 calories needed per day
weight in pounds divided by 2.2 x 30 + 70 = calories needed. For example: 5 pounds divided by 2.2 = 2.27 x 30 = 68.1 + 70 = 138 calories needed per day.
A much simpler method is to calculate 55 calories per pound for puppies and 45 calories per pound for adults; you'll notice that growing Pom puppies require more calories per pound than mature dogs since they are in a stage of rapid growth that requires more calories
to burn as energy.
Helping a Pomeranian Lose Weight
You may simply feed your dog fewer calories and exercise a bit more each day; over time there will be a weight loss. This is a preferred method, because toy breed dogs are very sensitive and should not have the stress of a sudden surge of increased exercise. Adding 10 minutes to your dog's daily walk is suggested.
Dogs that enjoy eating will do best when they are given the same amount of food but with less calorie content. This can be accomplished by adding low calorie items such as green beans, baby peas and carrots. The volume that you place into a meal should replace the same amount of heavy, more calorie-laden food that is being taken out.
Other Reasons for a Pomeranian Being Large
There are some instances in which a purebred Pomeranian will be a "Throwback" Pom, a term used to describe a dog who has the appearance (and sometimes the behavior) of its much larger ancestors. There are also partial throwbacks. If your purebred Pomeranian is over 10 pounds (4.35 kg) )and not overweight, you may wish to read about Throwback Pomeranians.