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Sensible advice for raising your Pomeranian puppy so he lives a long healthy life and seldom needs to visit the vet. Learn about the most common health problems and issues in Pomeranians, the best dog food diet for feeding Pomeranian puppies and adult dogs, the truth about vaccinations, spaying and neutering, and natural health care.


11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy, my best-selling dog health book

Pomeranian dog breed

Pomeranian Health Problems and Raising a Pomeranian Puppy to be Healthy

By Michele Welton. Copyright © 2000-2013

Quiz – How Long Will Your Dog Live?
How To Raise a Healthy Dog
Feeding the Best Dog Food
Feeding the 2nd Best Dog Food
Vaccinations: Needed or Not?
Are You Sure Your Vet Is Good?

The most common health problems in Pomeranians:

The leading health issue in toy dogs is INJURY. You must keep your Pomeranian under constant surveillance and leash/arm control. Too much can happen to these small creatures in the blink of an eye.

  • Bone fractures or a concussion can occur from jumping off furniture, or falling or leaping from your arms, or being hit on the head by a thrown or falling object, or being stepped on.
  • Pomeranians can choke on the tiniest object and it takes very little to overdose them with anything toxic.
  • Pomeranians can squeeze through the smallest crack of a door or fence and be gone.
  • If you allow them to act foolishly aggressive toward larger dogs, their neck can be broken with a single grab.
  • If you let them off-leash, their excitable chasing instincts may send them under the wheels of a car.

The most common orthopedic problem in Pomeranians is luxating patella (loose knees) – of 142 breeds, Poms have the WORST rate of knee problems, an appalling 48%. Other orthopedic diseases include Legg-Calve-Perthes disease and hip dysplasia.

Heart disease (patent ductus arteriosus) and collapsing trachea are serious problems in Pomeranians.

The most common eye diseases are dry eye, tear duct disorders, and cataracts that can appear in young adulthood and often progress to blindness.

Skin diseases are quite common, especially allergies (often leading to itchy pyoderma) and follicular dysplasia.

Other health issues that occur in Pomeranians include epilepsy, hypothyroidism, and hypoglycemia. Hydrocephalus occurs occasionally in Pomeranian puppies.

Pomeranians are prone to dental disease and harmless episodes of reverse sneezing.


Can you prevent health problems from happening to YOUR Pomeranian?

Yes, often you can.

  1. Some health problems are genetic, which means inherited from parents. Genetic health issues are common in Pomeranians today because of unwise breeding practices. My book, Dog Quest: Find The Dog Of Your Dreams, shows you how to find a Pomeranian puppy who is genetically healthy.
  2. Other health problems are environmental – caused by the way you raise your dog. My best-selling dog health book, 11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy shows you how to prevent environmental health problems by raising your Pomeranian puppy (or adult dog) in all the right ways.

Here are my dog health tips for raising a healthy Pomeranian puppy or adult dog:

Dog lifespan quiz How Long Will Your Dog Live? – Take This Quiz!
Based on your dog's breed and how you're raising him, this personalized quiz will help you understand how long your dog might live – and most importantly, how you can increase his life expectancy.


Obedience instructor and author Michele Welton Dog Health Care – The Sensible Way
Read my advice on daily health care so your Pomeranian lives a long, healthy life and seldom needs to see the vet.


Real homemade dog food The Best Dog Food For Feeding Your Pomeranian
The best diet for feeding your Pomeranian is real food. Real chicken, turkey, beef, bison, venison, fish....This is not "people food" and I'll tell you why.


Natural dog foods for your Pomeranian. The Second-Best Dog Food For Your Pomeranian
If you can't feed homemade dog food, here are your next-best choices.


Information on booster shots for your Pomeranian. Vaccinations and Booster Shots: Needed or Not?
How many vaccinations does your Pomeranian puppy really need? Does your adult Pom need yearly booster shots? The vaccination guidelines have changed. Find out what many vets aren't telling you.


Information on choosing the best vet for your Pomeranian. The Type of Veterinarian I Recommend
Is your veterinarian really the best choice for your dog? Learn about the differences between vets who practice conventional, holistic, and alternative veterinary medicine.


Information on spaying your Pomeranian. Spaying Your Female Dog: Pros and Cons
Advantages and disadvantages of spaying your female Pomeranian.


Information on neutering your male dog. Neutering Your Male Dog: Pros and Cons
Advantages and disadvantages of neutering your male dog.