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.

Ponsietta
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.

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.