The key to a healthy pet is a quality dog food, selected for the dog’s age, breed, size, and energy requirements. Foods at bargain or super stores may be cheaper, but they are not always better for your pet. Many contain harmful, unhealthy additives and byproducts that are not good for your pet and provide little nutrition. Because of the Pomsky’s high energy, they need a food that will give them the energy they need to stay healthy and happy.
Good, quality food will ensure your Pomsky maintains a healthy coat, a strong immune system, and good digestive health. Carefully note the ingredients on the dog food bag. They are listed in order based on weight. Note any allergies your dog has and be sure not to feed your dog anything that may make him sick. Signs of allergies might include skin rash, hives, itching, paw biting, licking, nausea or even vomitting.
Also, pay attention to food recommendations on the pet food bag. Typically, it is best not to let your puppy “free roam” eating as he pleases. This makes house training difficult and may lead to obesity. Remember that as your Pomsky puppy grows, he may need different servings or foods. For example, puppies need special nutrition to help them grow and develop in their early months.
One common problem with new puppies and smaller breed dogs is hypoglycemia, or low blood sugar. Most instances of low blood sugar, or hypoglycemia, occur in puppies as a result of inadequate nutrition, including not enough food or low quality food, or as a result of excessive exercise. Hypoglycemia can usually be prevented by providing small meals for your puppy throughout the day. Keep an eye on your puppy to ensure he is eating enough food and drinking plenty of water, especially after rigorous play.
Symptoms of hypoglycemia are a lack of energy or listlessness. Be alert if the puppy acts weak, sleepy, disoriented, develops a a wobbly gait, has glassy or unfocused eyes, or twitches, shakes, or shivers. Extreme cases of hypoglycemia may result in seizure, weakness or an appearance of being comatose. It is important to recognize symptoms of hypoglycemia early to prevent medical issues for your new Pomsky.
If your Pomsky struggles to warm up, low blood sugar may be affecting his ability to regulate body temperature. Snuggle him in a blanket until his glucose levels rise enough to burn for energy. If he is sleepy or woosy from low blood sugar and it’s been awhile since your puppy has eaten, encourage him to take food or a treat. Karo syrup or honey can be used to immediately help puppies with low blood sugar. You can rub it on the roof of his mouth if he will not swallow. Puppies should usually respond within five or ten minutes to sugar.
You need to select a quality food and continue to feed your puppy the same food throughout its life. If you notice any issues with food, you may need to change foods to find the best one for your individual pet. Your vet can help with this. It is critical to maintain a close relationship to a local veterinarian who can offer helpful suggestions to keep your Pomsky in tip top shape. Never completely switch your puppy’s food, but ensure that you slowly and gradually introduce new foods, unless your vet specifies otherwise.