Common Health Concerns of Pomeranians


by James Bennett


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Pomeranians are generally a healthy dog breed, but like all breeds, they can be prone to specific health conditions. These include things like luxating patella (when the kneecap pops out of place), Tracheal Collapse (when the windpipe collapses), Alopecia X ( when a dog starts balding), and some dental problems.

Patella Luxation

Patella Luxation is a condition that affects small dogs like Pomeranians. It’s caused by the dislocation of the kneecap and can be very painful for your pup. There are four grades of patella luxation, with grade one being the least severe and grade four being the most severe. If your Pom has this condition, it’s important to get them treatment right away to relieve their pain and prevent further damage to their knee joint.

Tracheal Collapse

The trachea is a tube that goes from the nose to the lungs. It has rings of cartilage around it which keep it open. If these break down, then the trachea can collapse and make breathing difficult for your dog.

One of my Pomeranians has been having some respiratory difficulties lately, and I’m starting to get worried. She’s been coughing a lot, especially when I pick her up or put pressure on her neck area. And sometimes, she sounds like she’s wheezing too.

A number of factors can contribute to this disorder, including genetics, obesity, and injuries. Keeping an eye on your Pom for signs of trouble breathing or other respiratory issues is important if they have any of these risk factors.

Alopecia X

Alopecia X is a condition that causes dogs to lose their hair. The exact cause is unknown, but it’s believed to be related to hormones or stress. There are two types of alopecia: non-scarring and scarring. Non-scarring alopecia doesn’t damage the skin, while scarring alopecia can lead to permanent hair loss.

There are several symptoms of alopecia, including thinning fur, bald patches, and brittle nails. If your dog has any of these symptoms, it should see a vet right away for diagnosis and treatment options.

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