So, a puppy should be eating enough to be gaining weight. There will be periods of rapid gains and some resting phases... however in general for a Pomeranian under 6 months old, if there is not a gain for 2 weeks, this points to an issue.
If a Pomeranian puppy is not eating to a point of losing weight, this points to a serious issue that requires professional intervention. See also: Pomeranian is not gaining weight.
For adults -
Adults,which are Pomeranians 1 year and older - should be eating enough to maintain their weight.
When a New Puppy Won't Eat
Keep in mind that a young, new 8-week-old Pom puppy only needs a small amount of food. The amount that a dog needs should be based on calorie needs. To give an answer by volume would not be accurate since different types of food will have varying degrees of calories. A cup of wet vs a cup of dry can have a difference of 50 to 100 calories. Therefore, it is best to look at this from the needs of the pup based on weight. A good rule for growing pups is 55 calories per pound. Therefore a 2 lb. puppy only needs 110 calories for the entire day (give or take 20%).
With that said, the stress of going to a new home and trying to acclimate can cause a puppy to not eat. Another reason can be that the pup was weaned too early.
Do offer a relaxed, pleasant environment with a safe, warm area that the puppy can retreat to if feeling overwhelmed. If a puppy resists solid food, milk replacer can be mixed with food to create a mush-type consistency. This can be fed for 1 to 2 weeks and if the Pom is doing well, less fluid can be added each day until he is doing well on solid food for his 3 meals.
A Decreased Appetite
There is a big difference between a Pomeranian that does not seem to be eating a lot, one that has gotten a bit finicky about food and one that straight-out stops eating completely.
Reasons for eating less include:
1) A Pomeranian may eat a bit less during hot summer months; canines in general will eat 10 to 20% less food during the summertime. Making adjustments will be part of taking care of a Pomeranian in the summer.
2) Reluctance to chew and eating less may point to a dental issue. There may be a problem with an infected tooth or other oral pain that makes chewing and eating painful.
3) A wide range of health conditions can cause a dog to lose his appetite; Most of the time you will notice other symptoms including but not limited to: trouble breathing, coughing, nasal discharge, eye discharge, itching, restlessness, out of character behavior such as retreating, limping, skin sores and weakness.
A dog that appears ill and is not eating should have a full blood test panel and may need x-rays or ultrasounds to help pinpoint the issue.
4) Stress. Any sort of change in the household or a change to a dog's schedule can cause him to feel anxious enough that he does not eat as much as normal.
5) There is always the chance that a dog simply decides that a particular food is no longer appealing. In these cases, it may simply be a matter of choosing a different variety, i.e. fish for chicken or lamb for veal. A Pomeranian may also finally give up a bit in regard to struggling with the texture of food; in these cases, drizzling a bit of low-salt chicken broth over kibble or warming home cooked food or wet food can do the trick.
6) Many senior Poms will not eat as much as they used to when they were more active adults.
How Much Food a Pomeranian Needs
Growing puppies need about 55 calories per pound, per day. Adults need about 45 calories per pound per day. This can vary by 20% either way due to activity level, metabolism, age and health.
Puppies should eat 3 meals a day and adults do best with 2. Snacks should be given and it is best to reserve this as rewards for training or to reinforce good behavior.
Helping a Pomeranian Eat More
If your Pom is not eating enough and
has been cleared for all possible health issues, there are some things that you can do:
1) Warm the food or make it more appealing by adding low-salt chicken or beef broth to it.
2) Don't give in and offer your own food. Some dogs are very good at refusing their own food if they know that within a minute or so an owner will sigh and offer something else...