Choosing a Harness and Collar for a Pomeranian

via Best Harness and Collars for a Pomeranian

1) The anatomy of a Pomeranian’s neck makes him vulnerable to injury. It is important to understand the anatomy of the neck area. Because, after all, that is where a collar sits.

 
A dog’s trachea (also known as windpipe) is the tube through which air passes in and out, and this is surrounded by rings of cartilage. 
 
Surrounding that are muscles. Small toy breeds like the Pomeranian do not have a lot of muscle built up around the neck and shoulders. 
 
In addition, the Pomeranian breed is prone to degenerative weakness of the tracheal rings.
 
These factors can result in a particular neck injury known as collapsed trachea. 
Collapsed trachea is a condition in which the tracheal rings collapsed inward. 
2) A collar increases the risk of injury. While collapsed trachea is mainly considered to be a genetic issue, and can happen regardless of whether you use a collar or harness, the use of a collar can increase the risk of this. 
 
This is because it may be triggered by an event such as a jerk to the neck area, or long-term pressure can cause a wearing down. 
 
Whether or not there is a genetic weakness, the rings surrounding the windpipe are prone to injury.
 
3) This injury can be devastating. When one or more of the rings breaks inward, this obstructs breathing and can cause a dog to endure dog quite a bit of pain. It can cause massive coughing fits that trigger additional damage to the area. There is often a characteristic honking cough, and internal swelling. 
 
Typically heavy doses of a variety of medications including anti-histamines, anti-inflammatory meds, and antibiotics are given to help control this. Part of the treatment is to immediately stop wearing a collar, and to switch to a harness. For severe cases, surgery will be needed to stabilize the windpipe. 
 
4) Even ‘innocent’ walking on leash and collar can cause issues. You may assume that if your Pom walks nicely beside you that there won’t be any problems. However, can you guarantee that there will never be any pressure on his neck with the use of a collar? 
 
Both acute events (lunging off to the side, the leash is stepped on and causes a quick jerk to the neck, etc.) and long-term events (years of pressure, strain, and tension on the neck due to pushing ahead while on leash, or for some tiny Poms, just the weight of the leash on the neck) are both areas of concern. 

Giving This To Your Pom Could Help Skin Allergies

via Giving This To Your Pomeranian Daily Could Help Alleviate Painful Skin Allergies – iHeartDogs.com

Common Allergens for Pomeranians

  • Pollen
  • Grass
  • Food (such as wheat, chicken or soy)
  • Medications (penicillin, opiates, etc.)
  • Perfumes
  • Shampoos and other cleaning products
  • Latex

Allergies are a hypersensitive and damaging response of the immune system to external allergens, such as pollen and food. It’s the same for humans and dogs. However, with dogs the signs and symptoms may go unnoticed because our furry friends can’t tell us what’s wrong. So as the leader of the pack, we need to be hyperaware of what to look out for.

Common Allergy Signs & Symptoms in Pomeranians

  • Dry, itchy skin (possible scabs or sores)
  • Excessive scratching, biting or licking on skin
  • Watery eyes
  • Paw chewing
  • Nasal discharge
  • Chronic ear infections
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Sneezing
  • Breathing issues (very serious sign!)

Fortunately, there are ways to help boost your dog’s immune system and decrease the effects of allergies. Omega fatty acids are a major benefit in the fight against allergies and degenerative disorders that can cause inflammation and arthritis. Some research has shown that Omega’s can even prevent allergies from developing in puppies. While every dog is different, there is no argument that your pup could benefit from Omega fatty acids. But here’s the catch…dogs can’t produce Omega’s on their own, so they must get them somewhere else.

The Problem: Dogs Can’t Produce Vital Omega Fatty Acids

There are many sources of essential Omega fatty acids. Some mistakenly believe that dog food delivers all your dog needs. Unfortunately, because Omega’s are susceptible to heat, most of the benefits become biologically unavailable to your dog due to the cooking/treatment temperatures of dog food.

That’s why I personally give my dog an Omega supplement. They really seem to like the Omega-3 Select chews from Project Paws. I like them because they’re made from anchovies and krill, which have some of the highest concentrations of Omega’s of any fish. Because these are small fish with a shorter lifespan, they don’t contain the high level of toxins like other large fish like Salmon. The other reason I love them is because each purchase of Omega-3 Select chews provides meals for up to 21 shelter dogs.

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Yeast Infections – What causes them, How to spot them, How to treat them

This is a great video and article about yeast infections…

Here are some excerpts:

Signs and Symptoms of a Yeasty Dog 

…Yeast has a very characteristic odor. Some people think it smells like moldy bread; others liken the odor to cheese popcorn or corn chips. In fact, some people refer to a yeast infection of a dog’s paws as ‘Frito Feet.’ It’s a pungent, musty, unpleasant smell. The odor of a yeast infection is not a normal doggy odor. Healthy dogs don’t have a ‘doggy odor.’ So if your pup has stinky paws or musty-smelling ears, chances are she’s dealing with a yeast overgrowth.

Another sign your dog is yeasty is scratching. Yeast overgrowth is tremendously itchy. If it’s a problem with her paws, she won’t be able to leave them alone. The same goes for her ears. A lot of butt scooting can also be a clue. If your dog is spending a lot of time digging at herself to relieve intense itching, take heed. Whether it’s a bacterial or yeast infection, she needs your help to solve the problem.”

Step #1 in Clearing a Yeast Infection: Address the Diet 

Yeast needs sugar as a source of energy. Carbohydrates break down into sugar. Both MDs and veterinarians advise patients with yeast to get the sugars out of their diets. Dietary sugar isn’t just the white kind added to many pet treats and some pet foods. There are ‘secret,’ hidden forms of sugar that can also feed yeast overgrowth, for instance, honey. Although honey can be beneficial for pets in some cases, it does provide a food source for yeast. So if your dog is yeasty, you’ll need to carefully read his pet food and treat labels and avoid any product containing honey, high fructose corn syrup, and even white potatoes and sweet potatoes.

If your dog has a significant yeast problem, I recommend you go entirely sugar-free. Feed lowglycemic veggies. Eliminate potatoes, corn, wheat, rice – all the carbohydrates need to go away in a sugar-free diet. This is really an important step. I wish I could tell you yeast is easy to treat and avoid without addressing diet, but it isn’t. Your pet needs to eat a diet that helps keep his normal flora levels healthy and balanced.

The second thing I recommend is adding some natural anti-fungal foods to his diet, like a small amount of garlic or oregano. These foods are both anti-fungal and anti-yeast and can be beneficial in helping reduce the yeast level in your dog’s body.”

Anti-Yeast Baths and Rinses

If your dog has yeast overgrowth on her skin, I recommend disinfecting her entire body with a natural, anti-fungal shampoo. And yes, you can do this as often as necessary. It’s no longer true that you shouldn’t bathe dogs regularly. There are now plenty of safe shampoos on the market that will not over dry your pet’s skin or damage her coat.

I don’t recommend you use oatmeal-based shampoos. Oatmeal is a grain which provides a food source for that yeast on your dog’s skin. Use an anti-fungal shampoo made from, for example, tea tree oil or an herbal blend. These will help control the amount of yeast growing on your pet. I also recommend anti-fungal rinses during the summer months, from one to three times per week after shampooing. I use a gallon of water with a cup of vinegar or a cup of lemon juice. You can also use 20 drops of peppermint oil.”

“For Dogs with Stubborn or Recurring Yeast Infections 

For many dogs, yeast problems are seasonal. When the temperature and humidity levels rise each year, they get yeasty and stinky. If this is the case with your dog, the summer months are when you’ll need to be vigilant about disinfecting your pet and addressing any dietary issues that might be contributing to the problem. However, if your dog has year-round yeast problems – whether it’s 90 degrees outside or the dead of winter – you should be thinking about potential immune system issues. If your dog is overwhelmed with an opportunistic pathogen like yeast, it’s likely his immune system isn’t operating at 100 percent.”