Impressive Pomeranians


"Let our puppies leave an impression on your heart"

 



Getting ready to bring your new Pomeranian puppy home

 

Adding a new puppy to your family can be one of the most rewarding experiences you will have. Most new owners have lots of questions about what they should know and what they should buy before bringing their new bundle of joy home.
We have complied a list of important information along with products we use or recommend to make the process of bringing home baby a little easier. The product links will take you to Amazon to make shopping a breeze. Some items such as the puppy food we feed are also available at large pet stores.

 

Feeding Water Treats comforts of home Toys Grooming Health Bugs Shipping Hypoglycemia

 

Feeding


While in our care your Pomeranian puppy has been fed Purina Pro Plan Focus Puppy Chicken & Rice Formula dry dog food.

We free feed our puppies meaning we keep the food out and available all the time.

DO NOT switch your puppy to another brand of food abruptly. If a change of food is required, wait at least 2 weeks after your new puppy has arrived into your home. Upon switching mix the Purina Pro Plan Focus Puppyfood with your new brand for at least a week, gradually increasing the amount of the new brand until the switch is made.


If you choose to switch to a different brand make sure and READ THE INGREDIENTS LABEL!!! Many inferior and some high end dog foods are loaded with ingredients you don't want your dog eating! Make sure you know what the ingredients are on the ingredient list. Dogs are omnivores and are designed to eat a balanced diet which can include corn or vegetable produts but their main diet should be meat based. Know what kind of meat you are getting, if they don't tell you what kind of animal the meat came from it could be anything. High quality dog food will typically have lamb, chicken or beef or salmon as their main ingredient. Chicken or lamb tends to be easier to digest. Most low end and even name brand dog food is mostly corn and other bi-products. Your new Pomeranian needs the maximum nutrition available. Never feed a generic brand food or one that does not bear the AAFCO (Association of American Feed Control Officials) seal of approval.


Raw and homemade diets have gained some popularity and can have their place for adult dogs. However, raw diets fed improperly can cause severe complications especially with a growing puppy. Calcium deficiencies and imbalance nutrition along with lack of vitamins and minerals can cause permanent damage to a growing puppy. Additionally, the risk of Salmonella infection from consuming raw meats is a real danger. We do NOT recommend feeding raw or homemade diets to your puppy unless specifically instructed to do so by a licensed vet.
Commercially prepared dog foods have been formulated to provide optimum nutrition for your new puppy. You only have one chance to grow your puppy into a healthy adult. Don't take any chances on inferior dog food!

Loose bowels are the first sign that the new food is not being tolerated well. Consult your vet for their recommended treatment plan.

When your new puppy arrives home, make sure is actually EATING its food! Your Pom should eat small amounts of food throughout the day and take frequent rest periods. It is also important to provide a quiet, out of the way place where your Pomeranian can rest. Make sure not to overtire a small dog and watch your Pomeranian closely if it has not been eating like it should.


Canned food has its place and it valuable to have on hand in case your puppy isn't eating. We use Royal Canin Puppy canned food. However, we do not recommend feeding an entire diet of canned food because it can have detrimental effects on the health of Pomeranian's teeth. Toy dog breeds are known to have a high incidence of dental disease. If you must feed a soft food long term, make sure your Pom has regular veterinary dental care, brush its teeth daily and provide plenty of chew toys.


Occasionally we have a puppy with special dietary requirements. If your puppy has been eating a specialized diet while in our care we will provide you with more detailed information on the care of your new puppy.

 

Water

Provide your Pomeranian with clean water at all times. We recommend using only stainless steel or ceramic water bowls. Plastic can harbor bacteria. Change and clean water bowls daily.

 

Treats

 

We do not feed our puppies treats because some new owners don't prefer to give treats to their dogs. Our adults love Bil-Jac Little-Jacs training treats. They are soft, very small and irresistible! Treats are very beneficial for training and encouraging good behavior. However, do not give your Pom too many treats as this could cause it to go off its food. An occasional tidbit is ok especially during training. Do not make it a habit of constant treats or people food. Treats and table scraps are not formulated for optimum nutrition but are to be used a special "treat". Table scraps usually contain way too much salt, sugar and preservatives to be healthy for a dog.

 

Comforts of home

Before your puppy comes home prepare a safe and friendly environment by making sure your house is "puppy proofed". This is similar to how you would "child proof" a home. Look at your house from a puppy's point of view and remove any hazardous items. Make sure all poisonous household items are securely stored out of puppy’s reach especially poisonous plants. Keep all electrical cords out of reach of teething puppies. Place safety gates across balcony's or unsafe areas.
Have a place designated for your puppy to sleep, eat and potty. Puppies need to be put in a safe place when you are not able to directly supervise them.
Never leave a young pomeranian puppy outside in your yard unsupervised. Tiny puppies can fit through the smallest of spaces in a fence and be lost.

We always get lots of questions about potty training. There are many ways to potty train a puppy. Puppy potty pads, crate training, hydroponic grass, Potty Bells, litter boxes. The list is seemingly endless. Decide what method or combination of methods is best for your family and living situation. Remember consistency is key.
We start all our puppies using puppy potty pads. Puppies start to learn from their mothers how to use the potty pads while they are still very young. If given the opportunity they will continue to use puppy pads in your home. They are still babies so sometimes have accidents but they at least get the idea of what is expected.

We highly recommend purchasing a puppy exercise play yard that you can set up both indoors and out. They provide a safe and portable area for your puppy and can be set up in multiple configurations. If you have delicate flooring it is a good idea to use a plastic floor tray under the play yard.

If you prefer a little more stylish option try the Richell Expandable dog crate. It is similar play yard size with all the bells and whistles.

Another option is the Potty Training Puppy Apartment Watch the cute video on their website to see what modified crate training is all about. If you decide to order use coupon code IP65705 for a discount on your order.

Puppies like to feel snuggly and warm when they sleep. A dog is a natural den animal so a soft cuddle bed will help your puppy feel secure. We like to use a polar fleece throw on top of the bed so puppies can dig around and get their bed just right for sleeping. The fleece throw can also be easily washed and will help prevent a puppy from chewing on their cuddle bed.

 

Toys

 

Toys are also very necessary for puppies when they are teething. If they don't have toys to chew on they will find something else!
Play is also an important part of bonding with your new baby. Choose a variety of toys such as stuffed animal types, squeaky, plastic chews, balls etc. Rotate toys throughout the day so there is always a "new" toy to play with or teach your puppy to put his own toys away in the dog toy box. Regularly check toys for excessive wear. Immediately discard any damaged toys. Remember, any toy that can fit entirely in your puppy's mouth is a choking hazard and should not be used.
Long skinny rawhide chews are great for Pomeranians with small mouths. These seem to be the only ones that small dogs can get all the way to their back teeth. Always supervise your dog while they are chewing on rawhide especially if it is an aggressive chewer.

 

Grooming

 

Brushing

Pomeranians are known for their beautiful coats. With a few simple grooming tools and a little elbow grease a few times a week you can keep your puppy looking beautiful. First lightly spray a little Magic Touch grooming spray over the coat then brush against the direction of the hair. The spray will prevent hair breakage and repels dirt.

Your most important grooming tool to keep your Pomeranian's hair beautiful is a slicker brush. We really love self cleaning slicker brushes. With the push of a button all the hair is quickly cleaned off the brush. This makes regular grooming so much quicker and easier.

An undercoat rake is very useful during spring shedding season. It will make quick work of removing your Pom's shed undercoat.

Don't let it's name fool you, we don't use a flea comb for fleas. It is most useful to use on the fine hair right behind the ears or used on legs to remove yard debris. It's super fine teeth do a better job than anything we have found.


A stainless steel comb is useful as a finishing touch around the long mane hair and the tail.


Bathing

Pomeranians only require occasional baths. It is recommended to bathe your pet Pomeranian no more than once or twice a month. Bathing can dry out sensitive skin by removing the naturally occurring oils from the skin. However, if your puppy loves to play in the mud or enjoys everything dirty and smelly outdoors then, by all means, get them clean!
We use Crown Royale products for all our grooming needs. They are professional products specifically designed for different coat textures. Pomeranians use formula #3. They are very concentrated so you only need a small amount. We have only found them for purchase at dog shows or on Amazon.

Pomeranians are small so it is easy to bath them right in the kitchen sink. Have your supplies ready so you don't have to set down a "wet mop" of live Pom hair while you go look for a towel. Never leave your puppy unattended during bathing.
First use Crown Royal Bioivite Shampoo #3, lather and work in the coat, rinse, if needed condition with Crown Royale Condition plus, or finish off with Magic Touch Grooming spray. Towel dry then brush and blow dry.


Nails

We regularly trim our puppies nails with a human fingernail trimmers starting when they are babies so they will be accustomed to this necessary treatment. If you continue to regularly handle their feet and trim their nails they will continue to be receptive. As adults a regular dog nail trimmer is necessary. We prefer the smaller versions sometimes marketed for cats. The jaws are smaller and easier to use on small Pomeranian toenails.
You may also want to try a dog nail grinder. These cordless dremel power tools especially designed for pets have a spinning head which grinds the toenail smooth like a nail file. Most Poms can be quickly conditioned to having their nails cared for with a grinder.
If you are unsure about trimming your own dog's toenails talk to your groomer or vet for some instruction on this easy but necessary procedure. Always make sure and have some styptic powder on hand just in case you cut the nail a little too close.

 

Health

While in our care all puppies will receive at least the first two sets of puppy vaccinations and be regularly preventively treated for internal parasites. Depending on the age of the puppy when it travels it may also have received additional vaccinations.

Each puppy is sent home with a detailed health record including the dates and types of vaccines and wormers that have been administered to your puppy. Please take a copy of this record to your vet at your first puppy check so they can recommend a future vaccination and worming schedule.
All puppies will be seen by a licensed veterinarian and will have a vet health certificate prior to shipping. In order to receive this health certificate, we will need your legal name, physical address and cell number as these items are necessary for the health certificate.


There are many puppy diseases and parasites out in the world that a young puppy is susceptible to. They can be picked up anywhere. Many of which such as parvo can even be brought in on the soles of your shoes! Until your puppy has received ALL booster vaccinations at 16 weeks old, NEVER set a young puppy down on the ground or on a counter top in public especially places such as dog parks or pet stores. Avoid those all together. Your own back yard is fine as long as strange and/or unvaccinated dogs do not have access to it. Your own or your friends vaccinated dogs are also fine. Never let strangers handle your puppy. Do not let your puppy have contact with strangers dogs.
Once all vaccination boosters have been completed at 16 weeks old you are relatively safe to enjoy exploring the country with your puppy. But remember, even vaccinated dogs are susceptible to certain diseases and parasites, make sure to follow your vet's recommendations to limit their risk.

 

Bugs and parasites

Fleas, ticks and mosquito's are everywhere. They are especially troublesome to dogs. Their bites are not only uncomfortable but can harbor disease. Mosquito's are especially problematic because they transmit deadly heart worms. There are many products available to control external parasites. Products such as K9 Advantix II are available over the counter to help fight your battle against the bugs.
Along with repelling fleas, ticks and Mosquito's it is very important to use a monthly heart worm preventive treatment to keep heart worms from infecting your dog. We use Revolution brand product monthly on all of our adults. This product controls a variety of internal and external parasites and most importantly protects against heartworms. Revolution, along with any other product to control heart worms is only available via prescription from your vet. Consult with your vet for a preventive internal worming plan to keep your new Pomeranian healthy.

 

Shipping


Just like people, the best way to travel is on a plane. Most of our puppies arrive to their new homes on an airplane. Air transportation is the fastest and safest way for you to receive you new Pomeranian. We ship mostly via United Airlines. If your airport does not offer service by United then we may be able to use other airlines such as Delta or American. Dogs are transported in special pet cargo sections of the plane in a pressurized and climate controlled area separate from the baggage.
We make all the necessary reservations and obtain all the travel documents for your puppy's flight. After we have received a flight confirmation back from the airlines we will email you the confirmation information including all the necessary details of your pet's flight times, airport pickup location etc. All you need to do is pick up your puppy at the airport.

Your new puppy will arrive in a new airline approved hard sided plastic shipping crate. The interior is loaded with shredded paper and has plenty of room to move around. Food and water are also inside the crate during travel. This crate is yours to keep and can be very useful on future trips to your vet or for other travel. On top you will find a packet with your health documents and a small amount of food. Airline security regulations prohibit us from placing anything else such as leashes, blankets or toys inside the crate

We strive to book the shortest and most direct flight so as to limit travel time for your new puppy. However, even on the shortest of flights, sometimes turbulence in travel can cause "accidents" so your new Pomeranian may have soiled on itself. Come prepared with some paper towels and wet wipes just in case.

Your new puppy should arrive happy and excited to see it's new family but remember it has already had a long day of travel so try and limit it's excitement for the first 24 hours so it can rest. With all new puppies watch them closely to make sure they continue to eat and drink regularly. The new sights and smells of it's whole new world can be overwhelming. Now is a great time to start bonding with your new family member. Hugs and warm laps are comforting.

If you are purchasing a tiny tea-cup Pomeranian MAKE SURE YOU HAVE READ AND UNDERSTAND OUR SECTION ON HYPOGLYCEMIA!!! With very tiny puppies administer Nutri-Cal immediately upon your arrival to the airport and several times a day for the first few days.

Do you like to travel or ready for a weekend away? If so you are always welcome to fly in and pick up your puppy in person. Most commercial airlines accept small dogs as carry on traveling with passengers. Our airport, Springfield-Branson national airport services: United, Delta, American and Allegiant. Special reservations, carry-on pet carriers and extra fees are required when traveling with a pet. Contact your airline for more information. We are happy to meet you at the airport just outside of security with your puppy.
If you have a private jet or small plane we are also able to accommodate meeting you at their respective nearby airports.


Hypoglycemia
(low blood sugar)

Hypoglycemia is the medical term for low blood sugar. A Hypoglycemic attack is somewhat similar to human diabetic low blood sugar attack. Because of the Pomeranians small size and high-energy requirements, the Pom just like all toy breeds is predisposed to episodes of hypoglycemia or low blood sugar. This is of special concern in the very small, tea-cup or pocket Pomeranians especially during times of illness or stress. Stress can be caused by entering a new environment (such as changing homes), during traveling, change of diet or any major change in the Poms daily routine. Hypoglycemia can occur at any time of the day but tends to occur at night or very early morning hours. Hypoglycemia can be recognized by a dog or puppy suddenly becoming weak, listless, and confused or unaware of its surroundings. The Pomeranian may be unable to walk without stumbling or may not be able to stand up at all. The gums will appear pale and the eyes will look dazed. As symptoms progress untreated, the Pom may go into convulsions, seizures, and coma followed by death. Repetitive late stage hypoglycemia episodes can lead to brain damage or sudden death. Hypoglycemia progresses quickly so it is vital that all toy breed owners be familiar with it symptoms. At the first signs of Hypoglycemia, you MUST administer some form of sugar.Nutri-Cal is the most popular form of glucose used. We recommend that ALL new Pomeranian owners buy a tube of Nutri-Cal to have on hand in case of emergencies. THIS COULD SAVE YOUR POMERANIANS LIFE!!! If you find your Pom in a Hypoglycemic attack administer Nutri-Cal IMEDIATELY DO NOT TAKE THE TIME TO CALL THE VET FIRST!!! If the Pom is unconscious, immediately rub the glucose (Nutri-cal, Karo syrup, even pancake syrup) on it gums and under it’s tongue. Let us repeat DO NOT TAKE THE TIME TO CALL YOUR VET UNTIL AFTER administering some form of glucose. The Pomeranian should respond quickly to treatment, especially when glucose is administered in the early stages of an attack. Even if your Pom appears fine after receiving the glucose, it is important that you contact your vet as complications can occur. After your dog has sufficiently recovered from the attack it is important to offer your Pom some high protein, easily digested food. Canned puppy food is great for this or you can use cooked chicken, or meat baby food.
We recommend monitoring your puppy for at least 30 minutes after a hypoglycemic attack. Hypoglycemia is usually preventable. Provide your Pomeranian with high quality food and water at all times. Also make sure they are actually EATING their food!



Cherilyn Lang
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