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Puppy Care and Tips


Congratulations on the purchase of your new Pomeranian puppy. You can expect years of enduring companionship and health with the proper love and care. Many poms live up to 15 years of age, and some even longer. Should you ever have questions or concerns about any puppy purchased from us, please do not hesitate to call or email us. We are dedicated to providing quality support for the life of your puppy.

Here are some general guidelines to follow as your new puppy becomes a part of your family:



Pomeranian puppies, as well as any breed of dog, will live longer and much healthier lives if they are fed  high quality dog food. Dog food purchased at the grocery store does not compare to the top brands available on the market usually found in specialty stores. Although a lot of the premium foods can be too rich for  smaller dogs, causing diarrhea and bloody stools. You will have to experiment and use what seems best to you. We advise against Blue, Wellness and Avoderm for problems with stool as well as foods that have lamb as an ingredient. We have fed Eukanuba, Iams, Pedigree Small Breed, Solid Gold Wee Bit and Nutro Small Breed with no problems.


Fresh Water and Food

Always keep plenty of fresh, clean supply of water Be sure to clean the water and food bowls frequently so bacteria does not build up on them. Poms can be fed either free range (food always readily available) or on a schedule. Puppies need to be fed 2 to 3 times a day depending on their size and should be kept on puppy food for a full year. Be aware of how much your puppy eats as some dogs will tend to overeat and can later cause health issues from overeating.


Table Scraps, Bones and Rawhide

Do not give your dogs table scraps other than simple meat or greens with no added spices. Dogs were never intended to eat the processed foods we generally eat and when given typical table food, it will lead to health and dental problems. Chicken and pork bones splinter, other bones break as well and can all cause internal problems often requiring surgery or resulting in the death of your dog. Rawhide should not be given before six to eight months and never unsupervised or completely chewed down so the dog swallows a piece of it


Separation Crying and Warmth


Puppies recently separated from their mom or littermates, will often cry the first few nights. You might find that placing an old shirt with your scent or an old type windup alarm clock wrapped in a towel to mimick a heart beat helpful until your new pup is adjusted to his/her new home. There are stuffed specialty dogs that come with replacable internal heat packs and a heartbeat to use with small pups. A puppy does not retain it's bodyheat like we do and can catch cold or flu from drafts so be sure your puppy is as comfortable as you would like to be in inclimate weather.



Grooming: Coat and Nails

Grooming will keep your pom looking great, and with regular brushing will keep shedding to a minimum with a healthier coat. Depending on the type of coat your pom has, grooming once or twice a week is usually sufficient. Silky coats tend to mat less and using a good conditioner after shampooing can help to prevent matting as well.. If you brush your pom before shampooing it can also help prevent matting Keeping the nails clipped is important to prevent problems in the pads. You can ask your vet to show you how to do this or a lot of pet stores now offer nail trims for a small fee. It is easy to clip them too short and cause them to bleed. Remember to keep the hair around their nails clipped short as well. This makes clipping their nails a lot easier. They are easy to clip once you know how. Keeping the fur around the anus very short, or shaving the area, can prevent fecal matter from attaching and becoming hard and makes for a nicely groomed and clean pup.  A pomeranian's full coat may not come in fully until two to three years. Around 10-16 weeks of age your puppy will go through a stage which is called “puppy uglies”. This is where their baby coat is lost and an adult coat replaces the finer hair. Average wait is around one and a half years with a light shedding twice a year. 





While your puppy is still young, in the first few weeks and months, especially as he/she is getting used to his/her new environment, it is important that you know that because of their small size they are susceptible to low blood sugar, or hypoglycemia. This is a common among toy breeds. Hypoglycemia is easily treated if caught early, so it is imperative that you recognize the symptoms. A listless or a slow stupor or nonresponsive puppy needs immediate careThis is not normal and if not treated at this stage, the puppy may begin to tremble, stagger, appear drunk or fall into a coma or experience seizures. He may even experience convulsions. If not treated, loss of life will occur. A puppy can usually be treated at almost any stage and will usually respond quickly if treated properly. Treatment consists of rubbing Nutri-Cal (or karo syrup, or honey) on the puppy’s gums or under his tongue or on the roof of his mouth. Make sure you keep him warm and feed him some soft dog food as quickly as possible. If the puppy shows no improvement it is imperative to get him/her medical help immediately



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