Pomeranian Puppy Care
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PUPPY SUPPLIES TO HAVE READY:
- Bed and bedding.
- Extra small harness and lead.
- Water bowls and food dishes.
- Puppy pads, newspapers or a puppy potty.
- Puppy food.
- Brush, comb and slicker brush.
Pomeranian Puppies should be fed at least 3 times per day until they’re 6 months old. I also leave dry puppy food and water available 24/7.
A quality puppy dry food can be made available to the puppy at all times. Pomeranian Babies are very small and can suffer from hypoglycaemia if they don’t eat small amounts of food often.
Just think about the amount of energy a Pomeranian puppy uses in relation to its tiny size and ability to quickly utilise the food eaten. A small puppy will need to produce plenty of energy to run around and play. Enough nutrients must be also supplied in the diet to provide for growth. He must be fed a quality diet or his health and growth will suffer.
The correct feeding of a Pomeranian Baby is to feed him a small amount of quality food often.
The important words in relation to your Pomeranian Puppy’s food are QUALITY, LITTLE and OFTEN. Look for a dry food that’s suitable for toy breeds of dogs and purchase the “puppy variety” of that food.
The Pomeranian Puppy should receive 3 meals daily of a small amount of either canned puppy food or minced meat.
The following are examples of the diet I use at Dochlaggie:
MORNING FEED: Canned pedigree puppy food and Pets Own milk (available at your local supermarket in Australia).
MIDDAY: A small bowl of uncooked mince (human quality) and Pets Own milk
OR canned pal puppy food and puppy milk.
TEA TIME: You have multiple options here:
- Finely chopped cooked chicken (no bones) and puppy milk.
- Finely chopped roast lamb OR beef and puppy milk.
- Raw chicken mince and puppy milk.
- Canned puppy food and puppy milk.
Dry Food: A small bowl of quality puppy dry food must be available at all times. Dochlaggie babies have access to Advance small breed puppy, rehydratable, dry food.
(Note – I don’t rehydrate this food but feed puppy the dry food) 24/7 together with fresh clean water from 3 weeks of age.
Never feed your Pomeranian puppy cooked bones.
Caution should be used when using any food that’s minced or chopped. Please ensure it’s minced or chopped very, very fine as Pomeranians can easily choke on largish pieces of meat.
Clean Water. A shallow bowl of clean water MUST be available at all times. Bottled or boiled water is best for the first few weeks.
Don’t make any changes to the diet for a few days. The stress of leaving the Pomeranian Puppy’s mother and siblings might be traumatic for the puppy, without added stress caused by changes to diet. Changes to the water your puppy is drinking can also upset his tummy. Using bottled water for your Pomeranian puppy is recommended.
NEW HOME TRANSITION :
When you arrive home with your new Pomeranian Puppy, he may be quite nervous being in a new environment, away from his loving Mother and litter mates. During these first few days, stress may affect some Pomeranians pups considerably. For the first few days, ensure that baby is eating his food. Too much excitement can cause exhaustion in a young Pomeranian Puppy. Resist the temptation to show off your new puppy.
Your puppy is a baby. What do babies spend most of the day doing? Sleeping. So please ensure that your new baby Pomeranian has adequate sleep because Pomeranian Puppies sleep a lot. If you have other pets, quietly introduce the new Pomeranian Puppy to them. However, never do the introductions at meal times. Purchase new toys for your other pets and make as much fuss of them as you’re doing with your new addition.
HOUSETRAINING YOUR PUPPY:
Puppies have a natural instinct to be clean. The biggest mistake new Pomeranian Puppy owners can make when they bring the new puppy home is to allow him free run of the house. Confine your new Pomeranian baby until he’s completely housetrained when not under supervision.
I keep the babies confined in a play pen with newspapers at one end together with a modified kitty litter tray. I place the puppy’s bed, feed and water bowls are at the other end. Always take baby to your preferred potty spot after feeds and after a sleep. For more details on housetraining your new baby Pomeranian, see the section on Toilet Training in the Pomeranian Book.
WORMING: Your Pomeranian puppy has been wormed at 2, 4, 6 & 8 weeks of age . Please ask your vet for advice on future worming and products to use.
Your Pomeranian puppy has been vet checked and vaccinated at 6 weeks of age. You’ll receive a Vaccination Certificate signed by my veterinarian. The vaccination card will list the vaccinations your Pomeranian Puppy has received. This is an intermediate vaccination until your pup receives its full booster vaccination at 16 weeks of age. Until the full booster please keep your puppy at home and away from public places because of the chance of contracting one of the deadly canine diseases such as Parvo, Distemper and Hepatitis.
Your puppy is not as yet on any heartworm preventative. At Dochlaggie I use a product called Advocate. Advocate is used monthly to protect from internal & external parasites (fleas and flea larvae, heartworm, hookworm, roundworm and ear mite, whipworm, mange mites and lice).
Your Pomeranian is microchipped with an ISO-approved microchip. Paperwork for the Microchip or transfer of the puppy’s details with the Microchip registry will be provided. You’ll need to ensure that you’re listed as the registered owner of the Pomeranian Puppy with the Microchip registry. Keep your contact details with the registry up to date.
REGISTRATION AND PEDIGREE:
Your Pomeranian puppy will be registered with the Victorian Canine Association. Pet Pomeranian babies are sold Registered on Limited Registration. This means that your new Pomeranian is sold as a pet only and is not for exhibition, breeding or export purposes.
Your Pomeranian puppy should be de-sexed at approximately 6 months of age. At the same time I also recommend you ask your veterinarian to remove any retained baby teeth.
Unless your Pomeranian’s teeth are cleaned on a regular basis, he’ll suffer from early tooth loss. I use a toothbrush (small soft human one). Never use human toothpaste. You can purchase “doggie” toothpaste from your local vet clinic. Start cleaning your puppy’s teeth at an early age so he’ll learn to accept this procedure as normal.
Dirty teeth will cause early tooth loss and may also lead to many health problems. This care of your Pomeranian’s teeth will only take you a few minutes each week.
I don’t recommend dog chews, pig’s ears, or any type of packaged “doggie” treats for small dogs like Pomeranians. These products are now processed in China and I’m lead to believe that they’re preserved in arsenic. I’m not sure if this is correct but after all the dog deaths last year in the United States from contaminated dog food from China, I don’t want to risk my puppies’ health with these items. A large raw bone from your butcher is a much safer option.
Pomeranian Puppies should be groomed from an early age so they learn to welcome all the attention. The double coat of the Pomeranian doesn’t require as much attention as some of the other coated breeds but he does require regular grooming, at least 2 or 3 times a week, if not daily.
Teach your baby from a young age to accept and enjoy being groomed .Start by laying puppy on his back on your lap, talk soothingly and brush, paying attention to areas that matt quickly, like behind ears, armpits, etc.
Occasional bathing is recommended, using a shampoo formulated for dogs .A tearless puppy shampoo is the best one to use. Your vet will have suitable puppy shampoos available.
Don’t use talcum powder as a dry cleaning method to clean your Pomeranian. Talcum powder is very drying and has been known to cause respiratory problems in small puppies and allergies when a scented version of the powder is used. Think of the size of your puppy and the amount of powder that’s used. A quick clean with a warm wet face washer is a much better option for the baby Pomeranian if you don’t have time for a full bath and dry. Never leave him wet. A human hairdryer may be used and it’s actually a great idea to get your Pomeranian used to the noise of the hairdryer from a young age. Be very careful, use a low setting and be aware of the heat of the dryer.
Trimming of hair around the anus for cleanliness is recommended.
When you stroke or pat your Pomeranian, stroke the coat from the tail to the head as this will raise the dense coat.
Toe nails should be kept as short as possible. Always check the dew claws on the front legs and also check the back legs in case your Pomeranian has back dew claws. The nails on these will need to be trimmed often. Trimming toenails is something your puppy will dislike. Buy a pair of toenail clippers and start trimming when your Pomeranian is young. Only take a little bit off the nails every second week so they don’t grow long. Then you won’t make a mistake and cut into the quick, thereby causing bleeding and upsetting the Puppy. Puppies with light-coloured nails are easier to trim as the quick is visible. By trimming a little every second week, dark-coloured nails won’t be a problem.
TOYS FOR YOUR POMERANIAN:
A Pomeranian loves toys to play with. Certain toys are favourites. Caution must be used when allowing your Pomeranian to play with some toys. My Pomeranians love the fur rats with the squeaker. I only allow puppies to play with these under strict supervision. A baby could manage to get the squeaker out of the toy and swallow this object or choke on the squeaker. Pieces of plastic from toys over time can be chewed off. I’m always distrustful of plastic toys. Always check toys for small items that may prove dangerous for your Pomeranian Puppy.
LEAD TRAINING YOUR POMERANIAN PUPPY:
The Pomeranian is extremely intelligent and very easy to train. He’s eager to please his owner. Pomeranians also excel at obedience training. Lead training your puppy is best started at 10 to 12 weeks of age.
Start by using a very small collar or harness without the lead attached and coax the puppy to follow you. This is the time for tasty treats and titbits. Puppy will often scratch at the collar. Once the Pomeranian baby is used to following you with only the collar, then attach the lead.
Collars on Pomeranians aren’t recommended. Collars can cause problems in the dense coat of a Pomeranian. A harness is a safer, kinder option to a collar and is only required for walking your Pomeranian. Your local Vet Clinic will often conduct puppy training classes.
For complete and detailed Pomeranian information on topics such as: feeding your new Pomeranian puppy, how to read dog food labels, home cooking for your Pomeranian, feeding your puppy for optimum health, toilet and crate training your Pomeranian, how to choose the right Pomeranian puppy for your family and socialising your Pomeranian Puppy.
Download the Pomeranian Book by Pomeranian Breed Authority, Denise Leo. This book is provided free to all Dochlaggie owners. Other Pomeranian owners may purchase my Pomeranian books and videos for a small fee.
Complete, detailed Pomeranian grooming instructions can be found in the Grooming Video and Book
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