Top 10 Things to Not Feed Your Pomeranian

By on April 23, 2012

1. Avocado

Guacamole is one of my favorite things to make and bring to a gathering. It never fails when I’m in the kitchen my Pommy’s are never far behind. They are always begging for a bite of whatever I’m cooking.  Avocados for years have been rumored to be toxic to dogs especially small breeds because they contain a substance called persin. It’s not necessarily toxic to dogs or cats but you do need to watch for signs of illness if your furry baby has ingested any Advocado. These include vomiting, diarrhea and lack of stool production.

The bigger risk to dogs and cats is a foreign body obstruction, which can occur if the dog swallowed the whole large, round avocado seed; due to size alone, this seed can get stuck in the esophagus, stomach or intestinal tract of dogs. Also, the rough green peel can be quite sharp going down.

2. Candy and Gum

Time for my personal favorite… CANDY!!!  I make sure to keep all candy and sweets out of my Pomeranian’s reach. Candy, gum, toothpaste, baked goods, and some diet foods can be sweetened with Xylitol. Xylitol is known to cause an increase in the insulin circulating through your Pomeranian’s furry body. That can cause your Pommy’s blood sugar to drop and is also known to cause liver failure. Initial symptoms include vomiting, lethargy, and loss of coordination. Eventually, the dog may have seizures. Liver failure can occur within just a few days.


3. Chocolate

The most famous thing that almost every Pomeranian owner knows not to give their Pommy is chocolate! If you didn’t know before, now you do! The toxic agent in chocolate is theobromine. This can even be found in white chocolate. The most dangerous kinds, though, are dark chocolate, chocolate mulch, and unsweetened baking chocolate. Just a small chocolate chip or licking a chocolate frosting spoon can cause a dog to vomit, have diarrhea, and be very thirsty. It can also cause abnormal heart rhythm, tremors, seizures, and sadly death.


4. Coffee, Tea, and Caffeine

Caffeine in large enough quantities can be fatal for your Pomeranian. Sadly there is no antidote. Symptoms of caffeine poisoning include restlessness, rapid breathing, heart palpitations, muscle tremors, fits, and bleeding. Always make sure you Pommy does not have easy access to any caffeinated drink or food. In addition to tea and coffee – including coffee beans and grounds, caffeine can be found in cocoa, chocolate, sodas, and everyone’s favorite drink to say awake: Energy drinks such as Red Bull, Monster, Five Hour Energy ect…. Caffeine may also be found in the medicine cabinet. Most likely in cold medicines and pain killers. If any kind of pill or medicine from the medicine cabinet acidently drops on the floor you snatch it up right away before your Pomeranian.


5. Grapes and Raisins

Grapes and raisins seem like a nice cold treat for your Pomeranian on a warm Summer day. However they are a BIG no-no.  Research shows it isn’t clear why, grapes and raisins can cause kidney failure in dogs, but just a small amount can make a dog ill. Symptoms of grape and raisin overload can include: repeated vomiting, within a day, the dog will become lethargic and depressed. The best prevention is to make sure grapes and raisins are kept for the humans only!


6. Milk and Other Dairy Products

Milk and milk based products can cause diarrhea and other digestive issues. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to be causing my little Pommy’s to be sick. (Not to mention cleaning up the “mess” a sick Pommy can make) Milk can also set up a food allergies for your Pomeranian if fed on a regular basis. The most common side affect for this kind of allergy is itchiness.


7. Macadamia Nuts

Personally I’m not a fan of Macadamia nuts, so I never have them around the house. However for all you nut lovers who are a Pomeranian owner, your Pommy should not eat macadamia nuts or foods containing macadamia nuts because they can be fatal. Research shows as few as six raw or roasted macadamia nuts can make a dog ill. Because the Pomeranian breed is so small, it would take only two or three to make your Pommy ill. Symptoms of poisoning include muscle tremors, weakness or paralysis of the hindquarters, vomiting, elevated body temperature, and rapid heart rate. Things we never want our Pomeranian’s to go through!


8. Onions

Powdered, Raw, Cooked, or Dehydrated — Any format of an onion can destroy a dog’s red blood cells, leading to anemia. Because Pomeranian’s are considered a “toy breed” any amount, small or large of an onion may be fatal in your Pommy.  Symptoms of anemia include weakness, vomiting, little interest in food, dullness, and breathlessness.


9. Persimmons, Peaches, and Plums

The problem with these fruits are not the actual fruit itself, but it’s the pit and seeds. The seeds from persimmons can cause inflammation of the small intestine in your Pomeranian.  They can also cause intestinal obstruction. Just think how uncomfortable you would be eating a watermelon whole!  Also peach and plum pits contain cyanide, which is poisonous to both you and your Pomeranian. Pomeranian’s are a very smart breed, however some Pommy’s don’t understand they can’t eat the pit of a fruit.


Yoki trying to get a little snack from daddyIf Your Pomeranian Eats What he/she Shouldn’t

Pomeranian’s love to see what’s going on by sniffing and tasting things. We all do our best to keep our Pomeranian’s safe from harm of any kind. However is always a great idea to have a plan in case a moment comes that your Pommy has eaten something he or she is not supposed to. Make sure and  keep the number of your local vet, the closest emergency clinic, and the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center — (888) 426-4435 — where you know you can find it in an emergency.


Esther says:

Hello pom mommies

I am really worry my 2 month old pommy drinked milk today and has already drowned up 3 times what can i do to make him feel better and what could happen in this situation???

Sandy says:

Our Pom. Sasha is 9 we have had. Her since she was 2 months old, She has Never played with a toy, she’s afraid of them. I have bought several kinds of toys but she has never like them couldn’t understand Why? She loves me and my husband and if company comes she watches them and hoe my lap or my husband lap, and does not want anyone to touch us, it’s kinda of funny

ashley dunkle says:

I have a male Pomeranian his name is scooter he will be 3 in june. Today he ate a whole chocolate cupcake and he also ate the wrapper. So far he is ok. But I am keeping a eye on him.

Pommy Mommy says:

Most likely he will have diarrhea… and that’s about it. Keep him hydrated and add a probiotic to his food for 3 days.






Erin says:

I own two poms and I’m aware the dogs can and cannot eat certain things and I find it shocking when people say that their dog loves certain foods that they cannot eat. Dogs will eat anything and that’s what dog owners need to know and look closely at what their dog eats because they can become very ill

samantha says:

My lil toy pom absolutely loves chocolate. I did some research and seemed to find that it ISN’T poisionous to dogs (well unless they eat almost double their weight in it) and it doesn’t leave him with any side effects. What makes you say its a big no no?

Pommy Mommy says:

In Pomeranians it is very toxic… mostly because of their size.

Wade says:

My Pom/chihuahua has a small amount of milk EVERY night when I take my pills at night I take them with milk and he (MugY) mug-y will sit and wait for his! He has his own special milk dich he will bring it to me when it is time for bed. I put just enough to cover the bottom. The dish is about 1-1/2 inches he has no problems! He does NOT get sick nor does he have diarrhea! And another thing people say is that it will give your Pom worms this has been untrue aswell! He has been getting milk from the time we got him and he was only 7weeks old he is now 1! He also has no problem eating his own food. So why is it that people still say not to do this when it is not hurting him? No bad breath or any of these thing have happened to him. So……….. ??????? Should I stop or is he like my 3 rotty/bullmastiff’s that are 3,5,and 6…… Weird / stubborn?

Heidi says:

I have a 5 1/2 year old Pom.2 months ago suddenly his stomach became hard to touch, he would not eat or drink and would shake. I took him to vet. he was given pain injection plus allery injection and was hydrated. two week after that he had the same symptom, again another vet did the same thing. he was fine again. two weeks later he had the same symptom but quickly I gave him metacam plus, Benadryl plus beano. he was fine within a day. however, next day, he had two very mild and short seizures.
I am changing his food to hypoallergic tomorrow and I am not feeding him anything else except his food. But unless I spend thousands of dollars I can not get any answer from any vet. any idea what the problem can be?

dipti says:

Hi! My pom is 1 and a half year old, from the past few months she has been eating table foods like what we humans eat, meat and all. 3days back my recommended me that let her eat dog food only. Since then she ate dog foods, but after that she doesnt eat. She starve herself. And she seems to be begging all the time infront of us to give her some.table foods 🙁 when we eat she begs to us and she wants the meat too. What should I do? Pls reply to my email am so worried and bothered by her.. 🙁

Pommy Mommy says:

When she’s hungry she will eat. You may want to try feeding a different kind of food to see if she likes it better. If she wont eat for more than 3-4 days take her to the vet, she may be sick. Make sure she has lots of fresh water available to her as well.

Yashica says:

Hi I have a five month pom. He is a very picky eater. I give him royal canine food for puppies. Usually he eats it but sometimes he would just not like anything. He does drink little milk. I read above that milk can cause itchiness. I don’t know what to feed him. Except the chicken snacks he isn’t eating anything when he behaves like this. Also he likes sweet stuff. What sweet food can I give him.

Anesia says:

Wow I did not know that

Varun Kumar says:

My pom is of 1 year old.
She is female.
She is not having her food properly since 1 month.
She looks very weak..
What Should I do that she start eating properly.
When is the right time to give worm tablet to pets, day time or night time.????

Pommy Mommy says:

We always recommend contacting your Vet when your furry baby isn’t eating properly. Also, there really isn’t a good time or bad time to give your Pomeranian worm tablets.

ash says:

i feed my pom milk everyday,is that okay?
he doesn’t seem to have any problem!

Pamela says:


I loved the information shared. We allowed our Pomeranian to try a small corn on the cob. She absolutely enjoyed it!

Tasha Anderson says:

I was eating Semi-Sweet chocolate chips, and I guess I dropped a few. I wasn’t too worried, considering I have two large Golden’s and it’s a bit of a hassle to get to where I was sitting. But when I came into my room after making dinner I found my Pom eating them. I think it was just one or two, but I’m still worried. I told her no, and (since I believe my animals can understand me) that it’s very bad for her. The things my dogs love to do is sleep, but tonight she started randomly growling in her sleep, and woke herself up with a bark. (kinda comical) That hardly EVER happens, and I’m a little worried. Should I be that worried? Or just wait it out till morning? (I have had one of my Golden’s get into lots of chocolate before, but she was completely fine, but I heard it’s more harmful for little dogs.)

Meran niCuill says:

My Poms have always had milk, in their food or in their “breakfast” (they know the word “milk water”). No itchiness, no allergy.

However, I took them off gluten and make their food (it’s very easy) 6 yrs ago. (They are 10 1/2 and 12) Their fur is lustrous and thick, no skin problems, no problems of weight either. (The vet doesn’t believe their health, nor their ages, since they are more bouncier than before 😀 )

Other than that, I agree with your choices, above. (My Marigold always ate the plums from our tree, carefully selecting for proper ripeness, peeling them carefully, putting those peels in their proper pile, then eating the flesh down to the seed, then turning it over and doing it all over again, leaving the seed on the ground. She and our other 3 Poms did that with the plums and the dropped apples until we cut them down (diseased). They still “shop” for friut, since we have 1 pear and 1 apple tree left.) (I did worry at first, but watched carefully. We must ALWAYS watch our dogs, big or little!)

DeAnne says:

I was wondering about Avocado, as there is a highend dog food with avocado in it. Avoderm – I believe is supposed to be hypoallergenic food? Thoughts?

Val says:

My pom Quiche drinks milk every night for a week until I found out that it’s bad for him so I stopped giving him milk. He seems to be scratching all the time but I don’t think he has lice. Is it because of the milk?

Pommy Mommy says:

It can have everything to do with it. Many small breeds are very allergic to milk.

Juan Herrera says:

my girlfriend left my her pet… i would like more information on how i can help the pomeranian eat well and live a happy life. truly Juan Herrera.

Pommy Mommy says:

I recommend you e-mail me directly. Click on the link to the side of this comment.

Barb says:

my 2 year old Pom, Charlie, loves pizza. My husband eats a lot of pizza and always shares some with Charlie. I saw that milk can cause an allergy and cause itchiness, does that hold true for any dairy product such as cheese? He doesn’t have fleas but he scratches all the time, especially down near the base of his tail.

Pommy Mommy says:

I would check to see if redness is present. He may just be licking that spot more than he should. To answer your question about milk allergies; It can be from cheese also but usually there is “excessive” licking or biting in the area that is being effected. If you think it is the cheese, stop feeding him the pizza with cheese on it and see if the itchy spot stops itching. BTW… most milk allergies come from long exposure to milk or dairy products.

NAtz says:

My pommy foxy is one crazy pup he pretty much tries to eat anything he sees and has had his few tastes of grapes and coffe but i have been on cue ever since i found out the things they cant have!

Pommy Mommy says:

You gotta stay on top of them they are a quirky little breed but awesome.

brittany says:

one time my tiny 4 pound Pom ate an entire avocado I had forgotten about in a bag on the sofa (she is good at finding things). She ate the peel, all the fruit – even went so far as to lick the core clean and proceed to play with it like a ball in the living room. She seemed to be fine after but I will be much more careful from now on.

My Missy loves cheese and avocados…
She has never been sick from either…but now I am a little worried about the avocado – she SCARFS it down!

do I really need to be worried if she has never had any side effects in the almost 5 years she has been eating it? (the avocado that is)

Pommy Mommy says:

My recommendation is make sure and keep a close eye on Missy if she happens to scarf down another piece of avocado. Sometimes side effects don’t kick in right away, especially if she’s younger. She may look okay, but be feeling a little sick. Sometimes side effects in dogs can be a challenge to read, so as humans we have to pay close attention!
I want so much to talk to the Pomeranian’s and have them answer me back when they are feeling sick! Ohh the joys of being a Pommy Mommy!