A Pom may then refuse to eat his own food, or at the very least start begging each time the grill is fired up. And after all, who can blame them?
So, if you are going to offer your Pom some special 4th of July barbecue food, we'd suggest offering a few bites as a rewards, not for a meal. For this, you'll want to order a 'Sit' or other command first, and then offer a tasty treat.
This said, many barbecue foods are salty, fatty, or both, which can cause upset stomach. And others will either be toxic or dangerous.
Here's some cookout foods that a Pom can eat (in moderation):
- Hot dogs (organic, low-sodium is best; give small pieces)
- Hamburg (plain without condiments or cheese; the lower fat content the better)
- Veggies (carrots, green beans, and potato are healthy and safe)
- Many types of fruit (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, watermelon, cantaloupe, pineapple, banana, mango, apple, and kiwi are all safe. Any cores are TOXIC and grapes and cherries are TOXIC).
- Any meat with bones (this includes ribs and chicken wings)
- Anything from the known list of toxic foods including grapes, raisins, cherries, chocolate, caffeine, garlic, and macadamia nuts.
What to be careful about:
With the following foods, it all depends on the exact ingredients. If the dish is a simple one, it can be perfectly safe. You'll want to be sure to check that the recipe calls for NO onions or garlic. Steer clear of those made with Italian dressing. And while a large amount of mayonnaise can cause upset stomach, a bit that's mixed into a dish is just fine for a Pomeranian.
So, with caution to ingredients, a bit of the following is fine:
- Potato salad
- Pasta salad (if it contains sliced olives, these are safe for dogs)
- Macaroni salad