Feeding Guidelines For Your Pomeranian

The Pomeranian is a strong, healthy breed. However, even the healthiest individual can have problems if he is lacking in nutrition. Continuing the topic of which food is good for your Pomeranian, we are looking at dietary supplements, table scraps, general feeding guidelines and drug claims in food products.

Before we discuss those, however, here is an idea you might not have thought about. As a person, you’re probably changing what you’re eating every few days. You don’t eat eggs every day, or pork, you mix it up.

Animal nutritionists recommend switching between two or three different pet food products every few months. Doing so will help prevent any nutritional deficiency, which is a common occurrence when you’re eating only one type of food. Keep in mind to gradually change to the new food in a few days. Mix increasingly bigger amounts of the new food as a transitional process.

Feeding guidelines on the label

Most of the time, the pet food label can’t provide accurate, detailed information, because nutritional requirements vary even in the same dog, based on age, breed, weight etc.

Also, most pet food labels don’t provide calorie content. However, if you have taken my previous advice and looked up the manufacturer’s phone number you can get this information by calling them. The words “less calories” aren’t useful because they only compare it to another product, not overall.

Table scraps are very dangerous. Although you think they’ll be fine eating food you eat; you can be wrong. And if you are, it will likely prove fatal. Things like chocolate and onions are particularly dangerous for a dog’s digestive system.

Most dietary supplements in pet food products are not approved. Unless they’re approved by the FDA they’re not permitted in pet food. But there will be many a case when you find ingredients like glucosamine which probably shouldn’t be there. It’s best to consult with veterinarians before giving your Pomeranian any kind of supplement.

Drug claims in pet food – what to look out for

Drug claims are not allowed on pet food. An example of a drug claim is stating that the product treats a disease or prevents or reduces the risk of a disease. Similarly discardable claims are “improves skin”, “improves coat”, “prevents dry skin” and “hypoallergenic”. These claims, along with any variants, are allowed because any high quality food should provide these qualities, it doesn’t make it special in any way.

Some health-related information is allowed. While you can’t say you treat the disease, you can say you help reduce the cause of a disease. One claim manufacturers like to use is “improves doggie breath”. This statement has no regulatory meaning; it’s just a way to promote a product.

One last claim you might see and be impressed by is “recommended by veterinarians”. As you can now expect, it has no regulatory meaning. Rodney Noel, Ph.D., AAFCO pet food committee chair and a chemist at Purdue University says “There is no minimum number or percentage of veterinarians required for a company to be able to state its product is recommended by vets”.

As you can see, there’s quite a lot of information you can find just on the label of a pet food. Granted, some of it doesn’t mean anything. But your Pomeranian will be very happy with you anyway, because now you know where to look.

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