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The Pomeranian is undoubtably one of the cutest and fluffiest breeds in the canine world. Keeping your pet Pomeranians looking great and feeling healthy is essential towards maintaining their happiness. Of course, the perfectly groomed Pomeranians you see in commercials and magazines require a strict regimen of specific Pomeranian grooming steps.
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If you know how to groom a 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. How to Bathe A Pomeranian
The first question most new owners will ask is “how often should you bathe a Pomeranian?”
How much dust and dirt your Pomeranian comes in contact with will determine this. At a minimum, a Pomeranian should be bathed at least once a month in the winter and much more often during the summer.
Oatmeal Shampoo: A Healthy Remedy for Pomeranian Care and Grooming
Bathing isn’t just cleaning out the dirt. It can also help your Pomeranian out with any skin conditions. One common condition a Pomeranian may experience is itchy skin. To provide relief for your pet, apply oatmeal shampoo during baths.
Oatmeal contains avenanthramides and phenols. These chemicals balance the pH levels in the skin, providing relief for itches, rashes, symptoms of eczema and psoriasis. It’s also great at softening and cleaning the coat.
Why Does My Pomeranian Still Stink?
There are a lot of different causes for odor that are unrelated to cleanliness. The most common causes include flatulence, halitosis (bad breath), skin yeast infection, or anal gland leakage.
Once you made sure that the odor isn’t’ from any fecal matter or urine on their coat try any of these remedies in addition to your Pomeranian grooming regimen:
- Flatulence: Make sure your Pom eats slower. Offer smaller but more frequent meals.
- Halitosis: Get a vet to check if there is an infection or build-up of tartar in the gums.
- Skin yeast infection: Invest in a good quality dog shampoo.
- Anal gland leakage: Anal sacs are a pair of small glands inside of your dog’s anus. These excrete a foul-smelling gas that can sometimes leak. Take your Pomeranian to the vet to get a course of antibiotics.
2. Pomeranian Brushing: Master the Art of Keeping Your Pom’s Coat Healthy
Most Pomeranians have naturally full and thick coats, so Pomeranians need to be groomed very regularly. If the coat feels thinner, then it’s important to take your dog to the vet to check its overall health.
Some simple ways to rejuvenate your Pomeranian’s hair growth are to:
- Make sure your Pomeranian has a varied diet without a lot of sugar and fat.
- Avoid brushing, combing, or handling the coat too much.
- Avoid using hot water or a warm hair dryer on your Pomeranian’s coat.
- Regularly trim your dog’s coat.
- Don’t use too many unnecessary products as this can clog your Pomeranian’s hair follicles.
- Use a simple but effective pet grooming brush or pet hair brush.
Finding the Ideal Pet Hair Brush for your Pomeranian
Getting the right pet grooming brush, is really important, but it can be difficult to decide which brush is best.
Here’s a quick overview of what is available:
- Bristle brushes are great for long and thick coats. The rule of thumb is, the longer the coat, the more space there needs to be between the bristles on the brush.
- Wire-pin brushes are perfect for Pomeranians. Make sure that,the brush doesn’t have rubber-tipped ends, as these can damage the coat.
- Slicker brushes will remove loose hair and deal with with tangles and mats.
3. Don’t Forget Nail Clipping and Dental Care
Good Pomeranian grooming also includes keeping nails clipped and teeth and gums healthy.
Let’s start with nail clipping.
If you often take your Pom for walks outside, its nails will get naturally worn down by 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. You can choose to do it yourself or take your dog to a professional groomer.
Dental Care—Don’t Wait for the Worst
All pets need dental care. Start brushing your Pomeranian’s teeth from when they are a puppy. By brushing their teeth, you can protect them from tooth decay, jaw bone mass reduction, and tartar accumulation. Raw bones (never cooked as they can splinter and get imbedded in your dog’s gums) will also help your dog naturally keep its teeth clean.
Making sure your dog’s teeth are free from any small pieces of food after eating will reduce the risk of health problems related to bacterial infection, such as heart and kidney disease.
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. Exercise is a wonderful way for your Pomeranian to expel all of its energy.
Exercise: How Much is Too Much?
For an adult Pomeranian, around 20 minutes of regular exercise (including running and jumping) is enough.
Here are some other tips to bear 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 paws. If it’s too hot for you to walk on the pavement in bare feet then it’s too hot for your Pom.
- Small pebbles can get in between the pads of the Pomeranian’s paws, causing them discomfort. Avoid surfaces with small stones or check your dog’s paws.
- Poms love to swim and hike so why not take your dog on some adventures?
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.
Begin socializing your Pomeranian from the moment it is born. This will help your Pomeranian feel 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
If you want a perfectly-groomed Pomeranian, and particularly if you are grooming your Pomeranian at home, then you have to be prepared that it will be a lot of work.
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 would you want?
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