Until they are one year old, we recommend feed Royal Canin puppy food for small dogs. Due to their nutritional needs and their beautiful coats, we also strongly recommend not using grocery store or generic brand dog food. Leave fresh water for them at all times. DO NOT give milk, as it will cause loose stools as well as digestion problems. Keep dry food down at all times and let them “free feed” all day and night so that a drop in glucose does not occur.
Our puppies are given Pro-plan chicken and rice canned food as well as Royal Canin dry. For the first week of transition to his/her new home, we highly recommend keeping them on their normal schedule; this consists of feeding 2 tablespoons of canned food mixed with canned chicken breast or boiled chicken breast, warmed up, in the morning and evening.
Sometimes moving toy breed puppies to a new home can cause stress. Symptoms of severe stress are: extremities go stiff, drooling or clear foam from his/her mouth. If your pom exhibits these symptoms, call your veterinarian or us immediately. If your puppy seems sluggish, eyes rolling or staggering when walking, this could be due to a drop in glucose level. Give NutriCal, honey or karo syrup immediately. If your puppy does not return to normal within 10 minutes, seek help immediately. Diarrhea/loose stools are also very common until they fully adjust to their new home.
You should brush your little pom every few days to keep his/her fur at its best. You can bathe your pup every four weeks if needed- any more often than that can cause dry skin. Sometimes puppies get flaky skin or “cradle cap” similar to human babies. Your puppy has been bathed with a high quality shampoo to relieve this dandruff type condition. If flaking worsens or continues, bathe again in 3 weeks with a puppy/dog shampoo for itchy/dry skin. Nails should be kept short, trimmed every other week. It is painful if they are not trimmed regularly.
Potty training is easiest when the puppy does not have the run of the house. On your pup's the first day at his/her new home, immediately start showing your puppy where he is supposed to void. Like a child-after eating, sleeping, and playing, it will usually need to relieve itself. We've started your puppy on paper training at our home. When it relieves itself on the paper, take the soiled paper outside with the puppy when he needs to void and he/she will soon get the idea of where they are supposed to go to the bathroom.
If you decide to spay or neuter your pom, it is best do so between 4-6 months of age, especially with males. This will help to deter your male pup from the “natural” habits like lifting his leg and marking his territory.
Puppies should be given their vaccinations every 3 weeks until they are 4 months of age. Then, yearly boosters thereafter. Parvo is extremely dangerous, especially to puppies. We highly recommend not taking them anywhere until they are at least 4 months old, especially around other dogs.
Poms have a possible chance of acquiring patella luxation (knee movement) as they age. Due to this disorder, NEVER allow your pom to jump off a couch, bed or other high places Additionally, they should not jump up and down on their hind legs.
Please keep in touch by sending pictures, giving us a call or sharing on our Facebook page to let us know how your little pom is doing. Pomeranians are wonderful, loyal dogs who are very sensitive to their owner’s needs and feelings. We are so happy you now have a loving little pup to bring you a little k-9 happiness! We wish you many years of fun and memories with your new family member!