Benefits of Feeding a Raw Food Diet to Your Pomeranian

By on May 22, 2012

I get so many questions on why I feed my Pomeranian’s a RAW food diet. Pomeranian owners want to know if it’s “safe” and what the benefits are of feeding RAW. Today I will share why I decided to started feeding the Pomeranian’s a raw food diet. 

I started feeding the girls an all organic raw diet right after I rescued Yoki. She was going through some trust issues because of her abusive background with her previous owners. She was very skiddish, and frantic so I decided to hire a  Canine-Human Relationship Consultant to help me understand how to interact with Yoki. During our very first consultation she asked me, “What kind of food are you feeding the girls” I was proud to tell her that I had the girls on the Royal Canin diet. The best of the best dog food you can buy at PetSMART.

When we USED to go shopping at Pets Mart!!!

When we USED to go shopping at PetSmart!!!

Little did I know what I was actually feeding them!!! She told me to get the bag of dog food and look at the first ingredient. So off to the pantry I went and sure enough the back of the bag told me that the first ingredient  was “Chicken Meal” ** ….not so proud now, however I’m thankful she brought this to my attention! She told me that with all of the hormones in this dog food it may be contributing to her frantic and skittish behavior.

The trainer introduced the concept of feeding raw, and I ventured to a dog boutique that sold raw food for some more education. After all I don’t want my girls eating chicken meal!!!  … or any other ground up meal for that matter. I eat organic and natural foods, why shouldn’t my Pomeranian’s do the same!?!

Here are a list of all the benefits of the Primal Pet Food from http://primalpetfoods.com

Canine Chicken Formula Benefits:

Fresh chicken for superior levels of amino and essential fatty acids.
Finely ground, fresh chicken bones for optimum levels of calcium.
Organic produce for food-derived vitamins A, B-complex, C and D.
Salmon oil for essential omega-3 fatty acids.
Organic and unrefined nutritional supplements for digestion and circulation.
Vitamin E as an antioxidant.
Organic coconut oil for linolenic fatty acids.

The meet and beef are all organic and grass fed and the poultry used in Primal foods and treats comes from range free birds.

Mommy can I eat it?! It’s organic!

Here is a list of the ingredients of the Chicken Formula.  Notice there is no “Chicken Meal” in this food!

Ingredients: Chicken, Chicken Necks, Chicken Gizzards, Organic Kale, Organic Carrots, Organic Yams, Chicken Livers, Organic Broccoli, Organic Apples, Cranberries, Blueberries, Organic Pumpkin Seeds, Organic Sunflower Seeds, Organic Trace Minerals, Organic Parsley, Organic Apple Cider Vinegar, Salmon Oil, Organic Coconut Oil, Organic Quinoa Sprout Powder, Organic Kelp, Alfalfa, Mixed Tocopherols (source of vitamin E).

Can I have seconds Mommy!?

I’ve had the Pomeranian’s on the Primal raw diet for three years, and every time I feed them, it’s like they are eating a huge treat! They know when breakfast and dinner time are! Maggie always reminds me when it’s dinner time! She circles around, lets out a little bark and runs over to the kitchen. I have seen a major improvement in Yokis behavior since she’s been on this diet, she is no longer frantic or nervous and is much more calm and peaceful with herself and others.

** Chicken meal is ground up chicken meat that has been carefully dried to a moisture level of 10%. The protein content is 65% and the fat level is 12%. Regular chicken contains about 70% water with 18% protein and 5% fat. To create chicken meal, ingredients are placed into large vats and cooked.  This rendering process not only separates fat and removes water to create a concentrated protein product, it also kills bacteria, viruses, parasites and other organisms. Rendering can remove infectious agents so, “4D” animals (dead, dying, diseased or disabled) are allowable chicken meal ingredients. While not always present, the possible inclusion of these ingredients makes chicken meal always considered unfit for human consumption. Taken from Wikipedia

~If you are thinking about feeding raw, or have questions or comments, please let me know by filling out the comment section below~

   
Melissa says:

Opinions on primal raw versus freeze dried? My pom recently went to vet for a UTI, ever since her diet is out of whack. Her vet recommended immediately to start her on a wet diet so I listened, after a week of her barely eating I decided to put her back on her nitro kibble. So I go to holistic pet store and they recommend performatrim ultra kibble. It’s grain free and 100 times better than nutro. It’s now been another week and she’s picking at the ultra. So I go back to pet store and they recommended the primal raw. So that’s where I’m at. I feel like ever since her doc appointment they’ messed up her eating habits. Do frustrated right now. All these changes I think she’s stressed. Just looking for any opinions or suggestions. I just want my pommy to eat. Idk if she’s being picky or she’s upset. I also started to give her a lil raw pumpkin tonight for her belly cuz I don’t know. I darn sure do not want to call vet cuz they will want blood work and blah blah money money money. I know she’s not ill. Please help anybody :)

Danni says:

Hi Melissa,
I’m having the same problem with my Pom pup. He is 14 weeks old- I had him on Orijen and some Blue canned (mostly Kibble though), he loved it. Then we went to the Vet for shots, after that he pretty much decided he didn’t like anything but a little bit of canned. I thought he was sick from the shots for a few days but it’s been a couple of weeks and it’s still the same. I don’t mind feeding raw or/and canned but I’m worried about his teeth- though he loves Bully sticks and he lets me brush so I guess that’s good. I’m in the same boat- I would love a little help. My Vet is awesome and I love her- but I’m afraid she might recommend Science Diet…ugh. I have tried everything to get him to eat so I might just have to feed raw or canned.

susan dewitt says:

Please send me more info on raw feeding your pomaranians

Pommy Mommy says:

Please go to: http://primalpetfoods.com to learn more.

Susan says:

Hi. I stumbled across your info because I have a Pekingese and I’ve begun to ease him into a Raw diet.

I am not buying the premade raw patties though. Along with his canned dog food …..I’ve been giving Ziggy raw chicken necks (without the skin) and chunks of raw beef (so far, so good but I worry about him choking) . Gnawing on the raw meaty bones is supposed to keep his teeth clean.

Do you ever feed your doggies raw meaty bones or just the ground patties from the store? How are your dog’s teeth? Is there less plaque than before?

Did any of your dogs have any aggression issues before? My Zig can sometimes be nasty over food, so Maybe the raw diet will help?

Any suggestions you can give about how to make the transition / tips would be appreciated.

Thank you. Susan

Ava says:

Hi, My Pom puppy will be old enough to come to her new home in 2weeks and I’ve been considering the RAW diet, but I think I will cook the food because I personally don’t like the thought of Uncooked food, BUT I am desperate to know how to go about switching the food from ‘Dog food’ to the RAW. And also, does the RAW diet provide all the same nutrition that is chemically provided in brands like ‘Royal Canin’? Really curious, please reply!

Pommy Mommy says:

Hi Ava,
To transition your Pomeranian from kibble to RAW food, you need to gradually add in small amounts of RAW food to the kibble. Start out with 10% RAW and 90% kibble for the first few days, then just keep adding more raw food and taking away the kibble. Also a RAW diet provides a much better nutrition than processed kibble food. Dogs were meant to live in the wild, so the ingredients that you find in the RAW food is just what your pommy would be eating in the wild. There are supplements and additives that you can add to the RAW food as well.

This is actually very informative article. I am also giving a raw food diet to my Pekingese. I have two, Jacks and Jacqueline. They are trained and well mannered.

pommypennymommy says:

Any opinions on boiled chicken breast compared to dry kibble or raw diet?

Pommy Mommy says:

I think boiled chicken breast is a great option for when my Pomeranian’s have an upset tummy or won’t eat their pet food. I mix it with some white rice and they usually eat it right up. Many pet owners feed their pets a holistic diet with boiled chicken and fresh veggies. In my opinion I know that dogs digestive will allow them to actually eat raw meat and not get an upset stomach.(When properly prepared) It’s the kind of food they would find in the wild, all natural. As for the dry kibble, I’m not a fan of it for my girls. Mainly because I found out most kibble is full of “junk” and two of my Pomeranian’s have very few teeth because of the abuse they received with their previous owners. So it was very difficult for them to eat and crunch the kibble. They can’t get enough of their raw food!