Quality of food.
Providing an excellent diet at all times during your Pomeranian’s life is vital for maintaining good health, however it is never so crucial as during the first year when the puppy needs to be gaining weight. Lack of proper growth or trouble maintaining may be due to insufficient nutrition. One of the most common mistakes that owners make is to choose what’s in the dog food aisle at the supermarket. Most of these well-known brands are notorious for lacking what a dog truly requires.
Fillers are by far, the biggest culprit. In an effort to lessen productions costs, many companies will add fillers to the base of the food. These are worthless ingredients that ‘bulk up’ the food to make it appear as if there is a lot, however these ingredients offer no nutritional value and are simply expelled out when the dog goes to the bathroom. Common fillers that can prevent a Pomeranian from gaining weight or have trouble maintaining include: corn bran, rice bran, oat hulls, cereal by-products, feathers, soybean hulls, cottonseed hulls, peanut hulls, rice hulls, wheat mill run, citrus pulp, modified corn starch, weeds, and straw.
If your Pom puppy is not gaining as he should or your adult has trouble keeping his weight up, do reassess his diet, including his main meals
and his snacks.
While this toy breed dog does not require a lot of calories, there can be instances of misunderstanding in regard to food consumption. For example, an owner may place out a meal 3 times a day, allow for 15 minutes and take the bowl away after the amount of time. However, some Poms cannot eat enough during that time; the small stomach does not allow for it. And having only those 3 meals is not enough. In these cases, you will want to experiment with offering 4, 5 or even 6 smaller meals throughout the day. While the Pom will eat less at any one given meal, he will eat more over the course of the day.