Symptoms of Allergies in Dogs

Numerous inquiries emerge as a puppy owner. Why is my pooch wheezing? Why is my canine shaking his head? For what reason does my pooch continue biting on himself? The principal question you should first ask yourself is: does my pooch have occasional hypersensitivities? In the event that you find the solution to this inquiry then you will probably have the capacity to answer all your different inquiries. In this article, we will talk about various signs that may reveal to you your canine has sensitivities. We will likewise be examining which hypersensitivities are most regular consistently, including spring and summer puppy sensitivities.

What are occasional pooch sensitivities?

Regular pooch sensitivities are hypersensitivities that turn out to be more present amid specific periods of the year. Sensitivities might be caused by dust, tidy, and grass among numerous different things. You can tell if sensitivities are available in the event that you are seeing watery eyes, scratching, sniffling, rashes, and the sky is the limit from there. New seasons bring new sensitivities. Summer pooch sensitivities may cause wheezing while winter hypersensitivities may cause sniffling.

Regular sensitivities are not to be mistaken for natural hypersensitivities. Ecological hypersensitivities might be caused by contact your canine may have had with fragrances, cleaning items, certain plastics, textures, puppy shampoos, and cleansers.

Regular hypersensitivities ought to likewise not be mistaken for stomach related sensitivities. These hypersensitivities are caused by sustenances your puppy might eat. Hypersensitivities to specific sustenances may make your puppy upchuck, have tingling or swelling, or the runs.

Inhalant atopic hypersensitivities happen when your canine breathes in an allergen. The hypersensitive response, for the most part, comprises tingling or respiratory responses, for example, wheezing. This is viewed as a regular hypersensitivity in light of the fact that the breathed in airborne allergen is ordinarily present amid specific circumstances of year. Form, dust, and clean are among the most widely recognized.

Pooch Spring Allergies

The most well-known puppy spring sensitivities are caused by the blooming of blossoms, grass, trees, weeds, and plants. Trees, grass, and weeds are the greatest guilty parties. Trees that fertilize in the Spring incorporate Juniper, Alder, Ash, Oak, Maple, Elm, and Willow. Grasses and weeds that grow amid the Spring are Orchard, Bermuda, June, Johnson, and Perennial Rye. Whenever trees, grasses, and weeds fertilize they discharge dust into the air. Underneath you can see a photo of the diverse sorts of trees we specified. When you comprehend what the trees seem as though it is less demanding to distinguish them around your home or canine stop. In spite of the fact that dust gets conveyed all through the air, it is best to fend off your pooch from potential trees they might be delicate too. Trees and grasses may differ contingent upon your land area which will impact your pooch’s spring hypersensitivities.

Canine Summer Allergies

The most well-known pooch summer hypersensitivities are dust and form. They are caused by trees, grass, weeds, and ragweed. Weeds and grasses are the greatest guilty parties. Dust is discharged from the grasses and weeds as they develop and develop. Shape spores are discharged into the air from tree roots, plants stems, leaves, and mushrooms. The most well-known weeds that reason hypersensitive responses are Ragweed, Sagebrush and Pigweed. The most well-known grasses that reason unfavourably susceptible responses are Redtop, Orchard, Sweet Vemal, Timothy, and Bermuda. Underneath you can see a photo of the distinctive sorts of grasses/weeds we said. Once more, when you comprehend what the grass/weed seems as though it is less demanding to distinguish them around your home or pooch stop. It is best to ward off your puppy from potential grasses/weeds they might be delicate too. Weeds and grasses may change contingent upon your topographical area.

Know about unfavourably susceptible responses to honey bee stings amid the Summertime as well. A few mutts can get stung without getting an unfavourably susceptible response. They just experience some redness and distress. Different pooches encounter unfavourably susceptible responses, for example, swelling.

Christmas time and your pomeranian

Christmas holidays are with us, you may be enjoying staff parties or dinner with friends. An important factor to consider is our Pomeranians. We know that pets for most of us are treated as family members and should have the same involvement in this festive season.
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Dogs are best managed when they have routines to follow as much as possible. It’s not an excuse that there is a big event going on we skip his daily walk because that will result in miss behaviour when it’s least desired.
It’s also known that during this season will have a lot of food leftovers that they should never be allowed to eat. This can cause serious problems like choking or stomach upsets.
Make sure that your family and friends know not to sneak scraps for health and safety reasons. Mention to them that he has plenty of food to enjoy.
Holidays may cause your Pomeranian more stress, partly because maybe we humans are more stressed out and they can sense it. New Year’s Eve fireworks may frighten him because of the loud sounds and bright flashlights. Keep him safe and secure where he can’t see the lights.

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Ponsietta is dangerous because it’s poisonous to canines.

Keep your pom safe from Mistletoe, Holly and Poinsettia plants that are extremely poisonous to our canines and that they should be kept beyond their reach. To avoid also letting them chew the electric lights on the Christmas tree as this can cause an electric shock or even fatality. Presents have glue/or tape that can be poisonous to them. However, make sure that there is a gift for them also under the tree so that they can have some healthy fun opening and playing with presents.

How to Celebrate Valentine’s Day with your Pomeranian

Valentine’s Day is always celebrated on February 14th. It has a long history. However, one interesting note is that during the Middle Ages, it was thought that the middle of February was the start of birds mating season. This helped turn February 14th into a day to celebrate love.

The very oldest Valentine card dates to the year 1415. It was written by Charles, Duke of Orleans, to his wife. At that time, he was being held a prisoner in the Tower of London after being captured during the Battle of Agincourt. This was during the Hundred Years’ War (1337-1453) between England and France.

Back in the 1700’s in England, people starting expressing their love on this day by giving cards, sugary treats, and flowers.

Today is estimated 190 million Valentine’s Day cards are sent each year in the U.S. About 50% are given to people other than significant others. This special day is also very popular in the UK and many countries across Europe and East Asia.

This is a day to celebrate love and is a wonderful time to do a few extra things to show your Pomeranian how much you truly care.

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A few tips how you can show extra love to your pom on this day:

Take a look at some wonderful Pom celebrating the day with their humans
See some great ways to show your Pom that you care (without too much spoiling)Of course, you spend every second of every waking moment showing your Pom that you love him or her!

But, here are a few reminders of the ways that we can really show our love while helping our Pomeranians have optimal health, happiness, comfort, and safety.

#1 Take Your Pom with you more often.

It’s never fun leaving a puppy or dog home alone when you have to work or go to school. But, what about other times? If you have a comfortable sling or canine stroller, there are LOTS of places that you can bring your Pom along.

And, if you bring your Pom into the car with you, please be sure to use a canine booster car seat. Unrestrained dogs are thrown with great force in the event of an accident. At just 35 MPH, a 7 lb. Pom would be thrown as if he were a 280 lb. object.

#2 Give treats but be sure that they are 100% good for your Pom. Dogs always love to receive a treat, and the best time to give snacks is to reward good behaviour. But, if you don’t put careful thought into what you’re giving to your Pom, that treat given out of love could have bad consequences.

You’ll want any treats to be 100% all natural. Any artificial colouring, preservatives, or flavours can cause terrible reactions. This includes upset stomach and skin reactions.

Below are our top picks for super healthy, and super yummy treats that Poms love (if the images do not appear below, try doing a refresh… and if you are on your phone, turn it horizontal to see all of our recommendations).

Preparing your Pomeranian for the Winter Season

For those of you who live in an area that endures cold weather, it is important to know how to winterize your Pomeranian.
For many of us, winter means cold temperatures, wet participation in the form of freezing rain and/or snow and drier air as well.

These elements can affect a Pom’s:
Coat
Skin
Paws
Rate of shedding
Ability to control body temperature
Appetite
Activity level
For these reasons, there will need to be a change in how you groom your Pom and some care elements in regard to feeding and exercise.
In the section, we are going to discuss:
How to winterize the coat, paws and nose of your Pomeranian
Steps to prevent drying of the skin (a common winter problem for this breed)
Taking your Pom out in the snow and cold
Changes to expect in regard to eating and exercise
Letting a Pom play in the snow
Steps to keep your Pomeranian happy in the winter, despite any nasty cold weather

Grooming and Protection of the Coat
Taking care of a Pomeranian in the winter time will focus quite a bit on proper care of both the skin and the coat.

The main reason for this is that whether or not it is snowing out, the air in the winter is much drier than in the spring, summer or autumn. When it is cold out, the air is not able to hold onto very much moisture.

And don’t think you’re safe by staying indoors. When that arid air meets the warm temperatures of a heated house, it dries out even more. For this reason, your Pomeranian simply will not be able to escape the damage that dry winter air can do to his coat and skin without some help from you.

2 main things can occur without proper winterization:

1) Skin can become dry and chapped. When this happens, hot spots (red, irritated skin), and itchiness will occur (sometimes severe). Once this happens, thinning of the coat is not far away.

2) The coat can become very static and this causes split ends. Split ends (if not trimmed back) will run up toward the root. Hairs will break off and the fur will thin out. Protecting a Pomeranian to avoid this is much better than trimming the coat after the damage has occurred.

Use a good product at the right times – While all owners should be using a quality leave-in conditioner, it is important in the winter more than ever. Spraying on a good amount will coat the hairs and create a shield that protects the fur from the harmful effects of a cold, dry winter season.

Remember that your house will hold less humidity than normal as well, so even if you take your Pom outside less during cold weather, this is still an important grooming step.

Here are the steps:

1) It is best to apply the leave-in product in the morning to start the day and then a lighter coat right before bedtime.

2) Start off with a coat that is free of dead hairs and mats. Therefore, go over all areas with a good slicker brush to pull out any shedding hairs and then give it a once over with a comb to ensure that there are no mats.

Note: Though the coat will have filled out more to prepare for the cold weather, there will always be dead hairs due to the life cycle of the follicles.

3) Once this is complete, it is time to apply the leave-in product. A small pin brush works best; you’ll want to choose one that is textured in the right way to distribute the product but not too rough as to irritate the skin.

Work in sections, spraying the leave-in conditioner near -but not on- the roots. As you go, stroke down to the ends.

Once you have gone over every area, spray some into your hands, rub them together and then scrunch into the ends of the coat to really coat the tips.
4) Don’t go overboard; too much will weigh the coat down, make the fur oily and block healthy air circulation to the skin pores. As you go, think ‘lightly mist’.

The application done in the evening will be a light touch-up for any that has rubbed off during the day. It will be to continue the protection of your Pomeranian sleep (fur rubbing against fabric during the winter can cause static).
Our Favorite Brushes, Comb & Coat Spritz

Be sure to keep up on your schedule of giving your Pom a bath every 3 weeks. Especially in the winter, you will want to stay right on track since your Pom’s skin will be very vulnerable to becoming dry.

The goal will be to use a moisturizing shampoo to clean off all residue – be sure to scrub down through the coat very well and rinse super well since any dry soap particles will be more irritating to a Pomeranian’s skin in the winter. This is followed by using a moisturizing conditioner to protect and soften.
These thorough baths will wash out all the built-up oils and products on the fur, leaving it ‘fresh’ to start over again until it is bath-time in another 3 weeks.
If your Pom has developed very dry winter skin that is itching, chapped, and/or irritated, you may want to opt for an intense oatmeal based shampoo specifically for dry skin.

With skin so prone to becoming dry in the winter, it is best to allow your Pomeranian to air dry and refrain from using a blow dryer. Use a soft, absorbent towel and scrunch the coat to absorb water, making sure not to rub.
Plan baths well in advance so that your Pom does not need to be taken outside with damp fur (this could prove dangerous in the winter).

Pumpkin treats for your Pomeranian

Pumpkin is high in fibre, low in fat and cholesterol, and loaded with potassium, iron, beta-carotene and vitamin A, among other nutrients. If you’re looking to add some of this popular fruit into your dog’s diet, there are numerous ways to do it.

Because of its high fibre content, adding a tablespoon or two of pumpkin to your dog’s food can help keep him regular if he has issues with constipation.

Dogs can also eat raw pumpkin seeds. These seeds are high in antioxidants and fatty acids, which are good for dogs’ joints, skin and coats.

If you choose to feed your dog pumpkin seeds, give them to your pet one at a time and only give him a few. You can also crush the seeds and add them to your dog’s meal.

In addition to feeding your pooch uncooked pumpkin, you can also make a variety of healthy pumpkin treats. The key is to make sure you’re using pumpkin with no added spices or sweeteners.

Peanut Butter and Pumpkin Treats

  • 2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup canned pumpkin
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
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Pumpkin treats

 

 

 

Preparing your Pomeranian for Halloween night

It’s the big night!  Make sure you have plenty of treats for the dog on hand, for reward purposes. Certainly, this is not the ideal night to try and get a fearful dog get over certain fears. If you have been working with your dog all month and they are still afraid of things, you need some management for the night.
Halloween can be a fun time to dress up the dogs and kids and go to a party or hand out sweets. However, for dogs with anxiety or fear, October is a frightful month, full of monsters (literally!) at every house, strange sounds, and way too many people coming to the door. Help your dog get through this scary season with these training and management tips.

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Is your Pomeranian ready for Halloween?

Help your dog get through this scary season with these training and management tips.For the (still) fearful dog:

For the (still) fearful dog:

Recommended to take your dog out for a walk early, before trick-or-treaters come out.
Put them in a room away from the front door.
Give them a fun toy, chew bone, to keep them distracted
Turn on a TV or radio to provide some “white noise”
Put a note on your door asking kids to not ring the doorbell or knock. Instead, either leave the sweets on the porch, sit on the porch with it, or leave your door open.
If your dog responded well to your work leading up the Halloween, have them with you to continue reinforcing that all these strange things and people mean treats. But don’t overdo it. Don’t make your dog sit there for hours if they seem a bit stressed.

Above all, be safe and watch your dogs for signs of stress. Stressed and scared dogs bite, and you don’t want yours biting a child or parent out of fear. Halloween is fun, but it’s not for every dog. If you think there is even a chance your dog may not enjoy the festivities, it’s better to leave them out than to have the unthinkable happen.

Can Flea Treatments Harm Your Pomeranian?

We love them, we share a lot of time with them and we care for them when they’re in need. Off course, Pomeranians don’t have the luxury to speak the human language when it comes to telling us they’re ill. This is why it’s so important to always keep an eye on their behavior. Noticing the slightest change in the way your furry baby is acting could indicate oncoming poor health. Catching illness early, whether it’s overheating or toxic poisoning, can make a huge difference in the healing process. You should especially use this vigilance when your Pomeranian is extra susceptible to illness. This could be during travel, in hot weather or if you’re Pomeranian is taking any sort of medication. Some treatments like over-the-counter flea products can cause problems for Pomeranians.You will likely notice that your furry baby has been burdened with fleas when you see him or her itching one particular area all the time.

If itching persists and your Pommy appears uncomfortable, it’s time to get some help. However, it’s extremely important to do so with prudence. Without proper care and attention, flea products can actually hurt Pomeranians. The risk of living with fleas and other parasites is high (tapeworms, Lyme disease, etc.)

However, there is still a risk when using spot on flea treatments like Advantix and Frontline.

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In March 2010, the EPA published the results of a year-long study of spot on flea treatments. Their findings included the following:

• Most adverse reactions were seen in dogs weighing between 10 and 20 pounds.

• Reactions in mixed breed dogs were most commonly reported, however, the Chihuahua, Shih Tzu, Miniature Poodle, Pomeranian, Dachshund, Maltese, Yorkshire Terrier and Bichon Frise seem particularly at risk.

• Products containing cyphenothrin and permethrin were especially problematic for small breed dogs.

• Most incidents occurred in dogs under three years old, likely at their first exposure to a spot-on product.

• Adverse reactions for both dogs and cats were primarily skin, GI tract and nervous system related. Skin reactions included redness, itching, hair loss, sores, and ulcers. Gastrointestinal symptoms included vomiting, diarrhea, and excessive salivation. Reported nervous system symptoms included lethargy, nervousness, ataxia (movement problems), tremors and seizure.

Spot on Flea Treatments
This risk began to increase a few years before the study when spot on flea treatments became available over the counter. This caused two things to happen. First, pet owners no longer had to visit the vet to get the medications. This meant that pet owners were no longer receiving advice from vets before giving treatment. It also meant that generic brands of treatments could begin competing with the name-brands.

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Why was this bad?
First, you must understand how these spot on flea treatments work. The medication that you apply to the back of your Pomeranian’s neck is a pesticide.

This is why dogs and cats are given the treatment at a specific location—so that there’s no way of licking it. The pesticide helps to kill the fleas and, in theory, leaves the dog unharmed. In most cases, any risk of harm comes from using the treatment incorrectly. Having the vet’s instructions encouraged pet-owners to apply the flea treatment as instructed. When the generic brands became prominent, the risk grew higher because the chemicals were stronger or different.

Spot on Flea Treatments
So, when it comes time for you to treat your Pommy for fleas, make sure you consult your vet first preferably a holistic vet. He or she will guide you to the correct type of flea treatment for your Pom. The holistic vet will also get an accurate weight of your furry baby, which is very important information for measuring treatment. If you have more than one Pommy, do not split a treatment for a larger dog between your two Poms. This is not safe. Also, avoid using flea treatments on older or pregnant dogs. Read the directions carefully and completely before you apply your Pom-sized dog (not cat!) treatment to your Pomeranian.

Then—watch your Pommy! Monitor them for any side effects or changes in behaviour. This could be excessive salivation, twitching, seizures, diarrhoea, vomiting or disorientation. If any of these occur, cease treatment immediately and call your vet. They know that flea products can hurt Pomeranians and will be ready to help you if the need arises.

Introducing a Puppy to Your Adult Dog

Sibling rivalry

Getting a new puppy is exciting—at least for the humans in the family. Sometimes the dog of the house doesn’t think the pup is a welcome addition, however. Many people believe that adding a puppy to the family will be harmonious, and that their current dog will be a good dog “mummy” or “daddy.” They are disappointed when that doesn’t happen. Often, expectations are unrealistic, but in most cases what the human family members see instead of those expectations is completely normal.

Knowing in advance what to expect can help families, and the existing dogs, make the process of introducing a new puppy to the household as easy as possible.

What to expect

I’ve had the unique experience of welcoming a new Pomeranian puppy into our house over the last 6 months.  The new pup Archie arrived when he was about 8 weeks old. He is away from his litter mates, mama, and his familiar surroundings for the very first time.

I have one dog and this new puppy addition has taught me more about how adult dogs and puppies interact between them. We’re working on puppy #1 and here is what I’ve concluded so far:

  •  My dog didnt  welcomed the puppy with open arms (paws)
  • Dogs growl and snap and move away from the pup
  • My Adult dog will never ever hurt a puppy

These observations are pretty normal.

Communication skills

Puppies are just learning how to communicate with one another. Usually, pups have only had experience reading their own littermates and mother. Their communication skills are still developing and they don’t know the “rules of the road” when it comes to interacting with new and different dogs.

Puppies playing

Puppies even have different play styles than adult dogs. When you compare the way puppies play to the way adult dogs play, the differences are vast. Dogs follow a prescribed set of rules. There is a certain way to greet one another. There is a specific way to invite play. There is a way to stop play. There is an entire manners structure that adult dogs ascribe to, and it makes their social interactions predictable and enjoyable. There is a shared language between dogs, and adult dogs are fluent in that language.

Puppies don’t follow the rules that the adult dogs depend on for good, solid doggie communication. Puppies don’t even know that rules exist! When littermate puppies play together, the only rule is: Don’t hurt one another. I’ve watched a gleeful puppy jump on his sleeping littermate’s head with reckless abandon. Upon waking, that littermate joyously engages in play with the head-jumper. With that kind of feedback, it is easy to see why puppies don’t understand that the world has rules.

When a pup arrives at a new home without another pup in sight to play with, naturally he picks the next closest thing: the adult dog. The pup does what he has done with his litter mates—launches on the head of the sleeping adult dog. “What a rude awakening,” says sleeping dog! And the snarl that comes from the adult dog is  unexpected and startling to the new puppy. Occasionally, if the snarl isn’t enough to deter the puppy from re-launching himself onto the sleepy dog, a full display of teeth along with the most guttural growl you’ve ever heard will convince the pup to cease and desist.

PommyNation Online Shop

PommyNation Shop has finally come about and in time for the Easter season:

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We have put up a few designs for T Shirts and stickers. If the feedback is good we should increase the choice of designs to your liking.

The main reason of the shop is to cut some of the cost which is involved in running this website.

Cleaning your Pomeranian Bedding

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Pomeranians are a very active breed and tend to get dirty and that means getting their stuff dirty? Here are some tips on the best way to clean pomeranian bedding. If your Pomeranian is anything like my boy he got multiple beds! (More like a bed in ALMOST every room of the house!). Today I’m going to suggest a few tips about how to clean you dog bedding and most important the safest way to do it. So roll up your sleeves and pass the soap! It’s time to clean up!

Best way to clean Pomeranian bedding
The best kind of detergent to use when cleaning your Pomeranians bed is a light or mild liquid detergents. Don’t forget the most pomeranian’s suffer from sensitive skin and allergies so best solution is to use Baby Liquid Detergents to be safe.

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Blankets

On the main floor off the kitchen, I have 2 blankets folded in half on top of each other. The girls like to lay on them to keep an eye on me when I’m cooking. To clean blankets, it’s as simple as laundering the materials in a washing machine. It is best to use hot water and a mild detergent.

Soap to help kill any insect eggs that may be harboring amongst the bedding. It is preferable to line dry in natural sunlight.

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Cedar Beds

If your dog’s bed has a zippered cover that contains cedar wood chips, which work well to deter insects, frequent washing of the cover is recommended. Change the cedar chips every few months so that the natural repellants found in the cedar chips are at their strongest. Beds that unzip and allow you to remove the cedar work best. Cedar-filled beds aren’t ideal for pups who aren’t potty trained, so wait till your pal’s housebroken to introduce this type of bedding.

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Foam Beds

Foam beds take a little more effort to clean. Start by removing the fabric covering. Wash it in a machine using detergent and cold water so that the cover does not shrink. Hang it outside to dry. (Natural sunlight is best)

While the washing machine is running, fill a tub (if you don’t have a mud room sink, bathtubs work well) about half way with warm water. Add a small scoop of laundry detergent/liquid to the water. Place the foam in the tub and work the soapy water into it with your hands. Don’t use a brush because it will destroy the foam. (You don’t want foamy pieces all over your bathroom!) Time to rinse! Once you are satisfied that the foam is clean, empty the wash water and refill the tub with clean water. Use your hands to work the clean water into the foam for a thorough rinse. You may have to squeeze the foam a few times in order to remove all of the soap.(Using rubber gloves will help protect your hands from pruning!) The rinsing is done when there are no more signs of soap flakes. Take the foam outdoors and place it in the sun to dry.

After the cover and the foam are thoroughly dried, replace the cover and the dog bed is as good as new