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Pomeranian

Chifafa PomeranianThe Pomeranian is a breed of dog of the Spitz family.  It is classified as a toy breed dog and is the smallest member of the Spitz type dogs.

 

Pomeranians are friendly, intelligent, full of energy, and love to be around their owners.  Despite their small size, they are very loyal and protective of their owners.  They like human companions and can suffer from separation anxiety if not trained to spend time alone.

 

The Pomeranian’s dense double coat, found in a veritable array of colours, is the breed’s crowning glory.  As a puppy a Pom is just a little ball of fluff, but owners must be aware that the coat will change considerably (coat lost) as the puppy matures into adulthood. Once a male Pom has reached the age of about eighteen months, his coat at that stage should remain more or less the same.  In bitches, hormonal changes can play havoc with her coat. Also following a litter, it usually takes a few good months for her coat to get back into prime condition.

 

Brushing your Pomeranian’s coat every few days is much more important than bathing.

 

Please handle your puppy with care as they are small and delicate and should only be exposed to children who are properly instructed in how to handle them.  Remember that puppies are inclined to jump so never leave the puppy with a small child.

 

The Pomeranian is a long-lived breed, and can live from 12 to 16 years of age.  

 

However Pomeranians are susceptible to several health problems that are common to small breed dogs.

 

If you are thinking of getting a Pomeranian, you need to know about the common health problems that are common to small breed dogs especially Toy Pomeranians.  Losing a puppy may be easily by a condition known as Hypoglycemia. Toy Pomeranians have more brain mass per body weight compared to other breeds.  As a result, they need more glucose sugar (glucose) as a primary source of energy for all bodily functions, and because the brain has little capacity in the storage of glucose, hypoglycemia in dogs can cause problems to the nervous system, resulting in seizures and even coma.  Prolonged low blood sugar in dogs can lead to severe brain damage. The occurrence of this is known as hypoglycemia, when their blood sugar level drops dangerously low. Many times they may play too hard and stress their system and they forget to eat or they don’t like their food!  Other typical signs and symptoms are lethargy, weakness, restlessness, and tremors.

 

Tiny dogs like the Pomeranian often do not have the fat reserves to supply adequate glucose in times of stress, playing excessively or when they eat irregularly and their blood sugar level drops dangerously low. If your puppy is flat or starts shivering then it has gone into a state of Hypoglycemia. Hypoglycemia usually occurs in toy breed puppies between 6 and 12 weeks of age, because they are less able to store and mobilize glucose. Improvement should be seen in about 5 to 10 minutes after treatment. Quick action is essential to reverse the state of hypoglycemia puppies. If no improvement is seen rush your puppy off to the vet. The puppy may be unconscious and so take the puppy to the vet at once! Do not give any sugary solution by mouth if the dog is unconscious because it will be inhaled. This is my method of reversing the condition.

 

Chifafa PomeranianI am PARANOID of Hypoglycemia as I lost a few pups when I first started with the breed. This is my way of reversing the condition. Should your puppy appear flat, loose it’s balance, falls over when sits up and is lifeless you should know you should act QUICKLY. Puppies should all always be playful but BUT SOMETIMES forget to eat, play to hard, handled to long by kids which may lead to this condition. Immediately take a small bowl with luke warm water and pour a considerable amount of glucose powder into the bowl so that it is thick your solution of glucose powder and warm water. Always have glucose powder at home, it is realIy inexpensive and available at all pharmacies. Mix the mixture of glucose and warm water and take a syringe (always make sure you have syringes at home). Hold the puppy upright and fill the syringe. Give the puppy the solution through the syringe and see that he swallows it, the puppy must be held upright so it does not choke and it goes to the lungs which could be fatal. Repeat this several times during the day and once you have done this you must give him some food as the puppy cannot have the glucose on an empty stomach. Feed the puppy small bits of Hills A/D paste. Always make sure you have two to three tins at home. If you do not have glucose use honey and rub on the gums. I even add two tea spoons of glucose powder to their drinking water. If you do not have Hills A/D tins you may also feed the puppy after giving the glucose solution to the puppies with Nestle Cerelac (Honey flavour) and add hot water and let it cool down and again administer with a syringe. These tins Hills of A/D are only available from your vet and always a must to have two to three tins at home.

 

Royal Canin has brought a wonderful product onto the market know as Royal Canin Mother and Baby Mini and I swear by this food for my baby Pomeranians. I start feeding my puppies at 4 weeks of age on these pellets. The pellets are extremely small, moist and most nutritious and I always make sure that my Pomeranians have Royal Canin mother and baby until they are able to eat bigger pellets in which case I recommend Eukunuba puppy pellets. Also if your puppies do not want to eat give them little bits in their mouth of Hills A/D so they don’t get weak. The puppies must always have food available (Royal Canin) and fresh water.
 

 

Enjoy your Pomeranian!!! If you once owned a Pomeranian, you will never again want to be without one!
 

Fast Facts

  • Weight - 4 - 6.5 lbs (2 -3 kgs)
  • Height - 10.5 - 13 inches (22 - 28 cms
  • Color - Black, orange, cream, chocolate, blue.
  • Coat - Profuse, straight and harsh texture.
  • Maintenance - Daily brushing.
  • Family - Indoor pet
  • Life expectancy - over 15 years
  • Personality - Spirited and vivacious.  These miniature dogs are great for those wanting a longevity dog.
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