The Ultimate Guide to Pomeranian Grooming
The Pomeranian is one of the most gorgeous breeds in the canine world, and keeping your pet Pomeranians looking great and feeling healthy is essential towards maintaining their happiness. But the perfect Pomeranians you see in commercials and magazines don’t just pop up out of nowhere—they require a strict regimen of specific Pomeranian grooming steps.
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If you want your Pomeranian to look, smell, and behave like one of the best, you need to know every trick in the book.
Here are four ingenious Pomeranian grooming tips.
1. Reduce Smell with the Perfect Bathing Routine
Let’s begin with bathing your Pomeranian. One of the first questions a new owner will ask is, “How often do I need to bathe my Pomeranian?” This totally depends on your area, which determines the amount of dust and dirt your Pomeranian comes in contact with.
At a minimum, a Pomeranian should be bathed at least once a month in the winter and much more often during the summer. The “teddy bear” Dochlaggie Pomeranians are usually bathed much more often, around twice a week during shows.
Oatmeal Shampoo: A Healthy Remedy for Pomeranian Grooming
Bathing isn’t just about looking good and cleaning out the dirt, of course. You can use these baths to help your Pomeranian out with certain rashes, itches, or other skin conditions it may have. One common condition a Pomeranian may experience is itchy skin. To provide relief for your pet, apply oatmeal shampoo during baths, which can help your Pomeranian’s skin in more ways than one.
It does this through a pair chemicals that are present in oatmeal, called avenanthramides and phenols. These chemicals balance the pH levels in the skin, providing relief for itches, rashes, and symptoms of eczema and psoriasis. Overall, it eases dry skin, hot spots, flea problems, and allergy symptoms, and it’s also great at softening and cleaning the coat.
Why Does My Pomeranian Still Stink?
You may be impelled to keep bathing and scrubbing your Pomeranian if the foul odor persists, but the truth is there are a lot of different causes for dog odors that are unrelated to how clean your Pomeranian may be. The most common causes unrelated to cleanliness include flatulence, halitosis (bad breath), skin yeast infection, and anal gland leakage.
To find the source of your Pomeranian’s bad odor, it’s crucial to start off by ensuring that the problem isn’t with any sort of fecal matter or urine present on their coat. If that’s not the case, here are some dog odor remedies to add to your Pomeranian grooming regimen:
- Flatulence: Make sure your Pom eats slower; you can start encouraging it to eat smaller but more frequent meals
- Halitosis: There might be an infection or build-up of tartar in the gums; have your vet check this out
- Skin yeast infection: As discussed above, an organic shampoo like oatmeal shampoo is the best cure for this
- Anal gland leakage: Anal sacs are a pair of small glands inside of your dog’s anus, which excrete a foul-smelling gas that dogs use to greet each other. Domesticated animals like Pomeranians have lost the ability to empty their sacs, meaning sometimes it can leak from a torn sac, causing them to have a terrible smell. A common giveaway is any sort of unusual inflammation around your dog’s anal area. Take your Pomeranian to the vet where it will receive the antibiotics necessary to combat and cure this issue.
2. Master the Art of Keeping Your Pom’s Coat Healthy
Most Pomeranians have naturally full and thick coats, which is why some owners are puzzled when they realize that their dog’s coat is thinner than others. Before you begin changing your Pomeranian’s diet and buying a ton of new Pomeranian grooming products, it’s important to check that your dog is healthy.
There could be a disease that is holding back its coat growth. Anemia and thyroid issues are common conditions that can be found by observing the dog’s uneven coat.
Stress and diet are also possible factors slowing down coat growth. If your Pomeranian experiences too much stress, its hair could start falling out, and if its diet contains too much protein, this could result in stunted growth.
Here are a couple of easy ways you can try to rejuvenate your Pomeranian’s hair growth:
- Make sure your Pomeranian has a varied diet without a lot of sugar and fat.
- Avoid brushing, combing, or handling the coat too much.
- Try not to use hot water or a warm hair dryer when caring for your Pomeranian’s coat.
- Regularly trim the longer strands so that your Pomeranian won’t have split ends.
- Massage the coat weekly or twice a month with warm oil; this will help the hair follicles come to life.
- Don’t use too many unnecessary oils and products which could result in clogging your Pomeranian’s follicle pores.
- Use a simple but effective pet grooming brush or pet hair brush; keep it light and simple, nothing more.
How to Choose the Ideal Pet Hair Brush
There isn’t just a single pet grooming brush, which is why owners sometimes have difficulty knowing where to start. Here’s a quick overview:
- Bristle brush: This is good for long and thick coats; the longer the coat, the more space there needs to be between the bristles on the brush.
- Wire-pin brush: These are great for Pomeranians, but make sure that you don’t get the ones with rubber-tipped ends, as these can damage the coat when handled wrongly.
- Slicker brush: When your Pomeranian has problems with tangles and mats, this is the brush you need to get.
3. Don’t Forget Nail Clipping and Dental Care
The best Pomeranian grooming is more than just a healthy coat and a nice smell—the best-groomed Pomeranians also have great nails and healthy teeth and gums. But where do you begin when it comes to nail clipping and dental care for Pomeranian grooming?
Let’s start with nail clipping.
How often you end up clipping their nails depends entirely on how often you take them outside. If you often go for walks outside, the nails get naturally worn down by walking on the rough sidewalk and ground. If your Pomeranian is more of an inside dog, then you probably need to trim the nails at least once a month.
The major thing to keep in mind is this: take it slow. This is stressful for your Pomeranian, and making the process as painless as possible is the key to a successful nail clipping. Keep them happy with treats, pat them gently and rub them on the head or belly to lower their stress, and massage their paws so they become comfortable with having your hands on them.
Knowing and Avoiding the Quick
The quick is the underside of the nail that you never want to cut, which can bleed if accidentally chipped away. To avoid cutting the quick, it’s important that you only cut in a well-lit room and cut away at the nails with tiny cuts. You will be able to feel it out if you take it slow, but once you start rushing, you are guaranteed to make your little one cry out.
Dental Care—Don’t Wait for the Worst
Even the most diligent pet owners sometimes forget that our pets need dental care just as much as we do.
A Pomeranian’s gums are often neglected, and if you wait until you start smelling your dog’s bad breath, then it may already be too late to prevent gum infections and tooth loss.
Start brushing your Pomeranian’s teeth from as young as three months of age. By brushing their teeth, you can protect them from tooth decay, jaw bone mass reduction, and tartar accumulation. If you are only beginning to brush your Pomeranian’s teeth when it is already an adult, then you will need to visit the vet to have the tartar cleaned out.
But bad breath isn’t all you have to worry about by not brushing their teeth. Small pieces of food that stay in their mouth can lead to multiple health problems from the accumulated bacteria, including heart and kidney disease.
And a final tip: never give your Pomeranian human toothpaste. There are plenty of dog toothpastes on the market; find the one that works for your Pom. And while you can’t use human toothpaste, you can use a human toothbrush. Child-sized, of course.
4. For a Healthy Coat, You Need an Active, Social Pom
Finally, no Pomeranian grooming guide is complete without including how to help your Pomeranian become socially and mentally healthy. For a truly happy Pomeranian, it must have its needs satisfied, and one of those needs is a regular way to expel all of its energy (which, as any Pomeranian owner knows, it has a ton of).
Exercise: How Much is Too Much?
Just as there are plenty of rewards to exercising, your pet may also experience serious risks from over-exercising: stunted growth, an overheated body, and wear and tear in the knees and hips.
So how much is just enough?
For an adult Pomeranian, around 20 minutes of regular exercise is enough. This means running and jumping around, not just sitting in its stroller while you go for a walk.
Here are some other tips you can keep in mind:
- Don’t walk your Pomeranian during the hottest part of the day (usually between 10am and 2pm). This can be terrible for their skin, coat, and little paws.
- Small pebbles can get in between the pads of the Pomeranian’s paws, causing them discomfort. Make sure you know where you are taking your Pomeranian beforehand so you won’t run into these sorts of issues; or, massage their paws when you get home.
- Walking at your usual pace will probably be too fast for your Pom’s short legs. It’s ideal for you to walk slower than usual, which will be perfect for your Pom.
- If you want to do other forms of exercise, swimming and hiking are also two activities Poms love to do. As always, make sure they stay safe.
Socializing Your Pomeranian
A social puppy is a happy puppy. Puppies that know how to interact with other dogs are easier to train and have more normal behaviors. They are less likely to develop destructive tendencies and become randomly aggressive. Simply put, dogs that are exposed to other dogs have an easier time acting like well-behaved dogs.
That’s why it’s essential to begin socializing your Pomeranian from the moment it is born. The great thing about socializing a dog is that many other owners are out there socializing their dogs as well. And socializing doesn’t just mean dog-to-dog interaction; it also means making your Pomeranian comfortable with all the sights and sounds of the world around it.
Here are some easy ways you can do this:
- Let your Pomeranian watch TV with you on your lap.
- Walk your Pomeranian around the neighborhood regularly, and let it interact with the world as it pleases.
- Visit dog parks (but not until your Pomeranian has had all its shots!).
- Let your friends and family regularly play with your Pomeranian.
- Don’t “baby” your Pomeranian every time it gets frightened by a loud sound or a strange object. Let it discover and understand the world on its own.
Pomeranian Grooming: A Full-Time Job
The most important thing to remember in all of this is that if you want a perfectly-groomed Pomeranian, then you’re going to need to put in the hours and focus towards making sure you’re getting everything right. It’s not going to be as simple as buying or adopting your Pomeranian and having a commercial-ready puppy; it will need your vigilant understanding of its needs and demands.
Is Pomeranian grooming worth it? Of course it is! Not only do you end up with a beautiful and amazingly trained Pomeranian, but you also develop a bond with a creature that trusts you more than anything in the whole world. What better outcome could you get than that?
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