Ever wondered if a food item was okay to feed your Pom? If you have ever asked yourself “what can’t Pomeranians eat”, here’s your answer. Below is a list of the most common food to avoid and the reasons why.
What can’t Pomeranians Eat
Chocolate contains a methylxanthine called theobromine, which comes from the cacao plant. While we humans easily metabolize theobromine, Poms process it much more slowly, allowing a build up of toxic levels in their system. A small amount may give your Pom an upset stomach, larger amounts are definitely to be avoided. Chocolate can cause vomiting, diarrhea, heart issues, and in severe cases can be fatal. It is best to hide your chocolate well, and to enjoy it away from your Pom so that your pet has no access to it at any time.
The underlying basic beverages for most homes: coffee and tea. Coffee, tea and some soft drinks (usually colas) contain caffeine, another methylxanthine. While we would not normally feed our Poms these beverages, they may be left around the home in the form of coffee grounds, loose tea, or tea bags. Coffee grounds, tea bags and soft drinks containing caffeine should be kept away from your Pom. Because caffeine is a methylxanthine, its effects on Poms are similar to those caused by chocolate.
If you are having a party, alcohol beverages are likely to be present. Alcohol contains ethanol, which can have very serious effects on your Pom’s liver and brain so make sure that your Pom is kept well away from any alcohol served.
Garlic & Onions
These two commonly used ingredients in home cooking are members of the Allium family of onions, garlic, leeks, and chives. They contain N-propyl disulphide, which should be avoided as it can cause damage to your Pom’s red blood cells. We need to be conscious of garlic and onion in all forms (powdered, fresh, cooked) and not inadvertently feed our pets a few bites, for instance, food from our dinner table, or allowing our Pom to lick the sauces from our plates. In terms of symptoms, the most common to look for are pale gums, faster breathing, and vomiting or diarrhea.
Grapes & raisins
Grapes and raisins are a tempting treat. However, even a small number can be harmful to your Pom’s kidneys, so they are a definite no-no.
For Macadamia nuts lovers, beware. Macadamia nuts should not be fed to your Pom. Eating these nuts can leave your Pom with symptoms such as fever and difficulty walking, especially in their hind legs. So, enjoy this delightful treat yourself, but remember to steer your pet clear of them.
Stone Fruits and Avocados
With stone fruit (peaches, nectarines, apricots, plums, cherries) and avocadoes, the main concern is the hard seed/pit, which can get stuck in your Pom’s digestive system, if fed to your dog. In addition, avocadoes have rough skin and leaves, which may cause issues as well.
Sugar free gum commonly use xylitol, a non-caloric sweetener. Xylitol is found in candy, baked goods, diet products, toothpastes and vitamins. Xylitol can cause a drop in your Pom’s blood sugar levels, so if the ingredient is listed on the food label, avoid.
Tips how to Avoid Food
The best strategy is to keep foods you love but shouldn’t feed your Pom in good hiding spots, where your Pom cannot find it. Remember that these foods can come in different forms: fresh, liquid, dried, powdered, cooked. Regardless of which form it comes in, the food should be kept away from your curious and lovable pet. Also, don’t forget that leftovers should be disposed off in rubbish bags and secured safely in bins.
If your Pomeranian eats what he shouldn’t
Your Pom loves to be in the thick of things, sniffing and tasting as he goes. If your Pom shows signs of illness after ingesting food, for example: vomiting, diarrhea or disorientation, a visit to the vet is recommended.
A precautionary plan is a good idea, in case if, despite your best efforts, he eats something that disagrees with him. Keeping your vet’s contact details, the Pet Animal Emergency Centre numbers and Animal Poison Control Centre numbers readily available is both helpful and reassuring.