Most common health problems in Pomeranians, plus health care and feeding.


My Complete Health Care Program for your Pomeranian

If you want to AVOID health problems in your Pomeranian, you'll find my health care program very valuable.

It's called "11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy."

Raise your dog the RIGHT way, feed him the RIGHT food, give him the RIGHT vaccinations, avoid unnecessary veterinary expenses, and help him live a longer, happier, and more comfortable life.

If your Pomeranian already HAS a health problem, I'm sorry to hear that. You should immediately begin my health care program, and you may be able to restore his good health – or at least make him much more comfortable. Let me help!

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Pomeranian Health Care & Feeding

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Quick list of Pomeranian health problems

The leading health issue in toy dogs is injury: fractures, concussions, choking on small objects, being attacked or jumped on by a larger dog.... you must keep a Pomeranian under constant surveillance and leash/arm control. Too much can happen to these little guys in the blink of an eye.

Pomeranians have a lot of problems with their joints. Luxating patella is a disorder where the kneecap slips out of its socket, causing pain and lameness that can require expensive surgery. Of all breeds, Pomeranians have the highest rate of luxating patella – 1 of every 3 Poms has bad knees. Their hips can be bad, too.... more potential surgery.

Heart disease and collapsing trachea (weak windpipe) are two more serious problems in Pomeranians.

Eye diseases include cataracts that can appear in young adulthood and often progress to blindness.

Skin problems are quite common, especially itchy allergies and skin infections, but also a disease where a Pom's hair falls out.

Then there is dental disease, epilepsy, thyroid disease....

(See more health problems below.)


Preventing health problems

Some health problems are inherited. For example, if both parents of your Pomeranian have certificates proving they were tested and cleared of hereditary eye diseases, heart disease, and luxating patella, your Pomeranian has less risk of developing those conditions.

Other health problems can be prevented, or partially prevented, by the ways you raise your dog. If you're serious about doing everything you can for your Pomeranian, my best-selling book, 11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy, shows you how to raise your Pomeranian puppy (or adult dog) in all the right ways. It will help you be your dog's health care champion!


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

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Real homemade dog food The Best Dog Food For Feeding Your Pomeranian
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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 Pomeranian need yearly booster shots? The vaccination guidelines have changed! Find out what some vets aren't telling you.


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


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


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.


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Complete list of Pomeranian health problems

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.

Pomeranians have a lot of orthopedic problems. According to the Orthopedic Foundation of America, luxating patella (loose knee joints) occurs at an appalling rate of 36% – the worst rate of all breeds. The OFA also evaluated the hip X-rays of over 100 Pomeranians and found 11% dysplastic, which is bad for this size dog. Poms are also susceptible to another degenerative hip disease called Legg-Calve-Perthes, which is more serious than 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.


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