Going home information


Caring for your new family member 

 

Feeding:

Please FREE FEED Your puppy dry kibble. This means having food available to your puppy at all times, even overnight until you are sure he or she is eating enough during the day to make it through the night. We recommend the you do the same with wet food twice day or before you leave the puppy unsupervised for an extended amount of time. 

Keep your puppy on the SAME FOOD that they eating with us while they are adjusting to your home. If you do choose to go with another kibble later on.  Do not switch food suddenly or frequently. When changing the food your puppy is on, do so gradually by adding in a bit more of the new food brand each day until the old food is phased out. The kibble your puppy is on now, they can stay with until a year old or longer.

Fresh water must be available 24/7 too, these little dogs drink a lot!

 

Playtime:

Your puppy should be limited to a max of 30 minutes of vigorous activity/play at one time for the first 3+ weeks. After playtime, create your puppy in his or her crate or pen and allow them to eat/drink in peace and to take a nap! These puppies do not carry a lot of body fat or "reserves" and they need breaks to rest up for the next round of play. Alternate, playtime 30 mins, 90 min nap, 30 min playtime, 90 min nap, etc... Puppy may nap for longer and that is okay! Let them sleep is good for a growing puppy.

 

Playpen:

Your puppy MUST NOT be left unsupervised roaming the house for the first 2-6mths or until he or she is trained and is trustworthy in the house. You must puppy proof your home and ensure that your little one doesn't hurt himself or cause any damage. 


Hypoglycemia

 Can be life threatening condition where the dog experiences "low blood sugar". This is when the puppy's blood glucose level drop below a safe range. All toy breeds are at risk for this happening to them, especially as young pups. The smaller the puppy, the higher the risk. It can generally happen when the Pom is tired, under stress, going through a food change, exhaustion from playing too much, not eating right or while traveling vaccines anything that could be stressful. Being very aware of your puppy and his/her normal behavior and eating habits will help you immensely in figuring out what the problem is. It is crucial that you act quickly as your pupp's life could be in jeopardy.

Hypoglycemia is NOT contagious. It is not a disease, but rather an episode that occurs when a dog's body runs out of the calories required to support its bodily functions. Pomeranians are susceptible because they do not carry a lot of body fat for reserves. It's important that your Pom eats regularly and does not exercise for long periods of time. Pomeranians are active dogs but they must be MADE to rest often. We HIGHLY recommend having NUTRICAL, Dyne or a similar product on hand, giving this to your Pom during a hypoglycemic episode

 It is a recommend a high calorie supplement be on hand at all times. If a hypoglycemic episode occurs, seek medical attention and/or call us. We are happy to guide you through the treatment, most of which can be done at home if you catch it soon enough. We cannot guarantee against Hypoglycemia as it is not an illness or defect.

What to do  for hypoglycemia

signs and symptoms include: Being tired or lethargic, listlessness, weakness, depression, change in sleep habits and change in eating habits. These symptoms can be followed by: muscle weakness, tremors, convulsions, walking difficulties and coma.

If you see one or more of these symptoms you must act immediately. If the puppy is conscious, give nutrical or karo syrup. This should help within 15 minutes, often sooner. If the puppy will not take the nutrical, rub a small amount on his/her gums and tongue with your finger. You can also use karo syrup and do the same. You can continue doing this until you see the puppy exhibit more energy. Feed jarred baby food to entice the puppy to eat something, the meat varieties or sweet potato. Monitor the puppy closely and make sure that they are eating. If the puppy is unconscious, contact your vet immediately. 


Broken Legs

 Broken legs are very common in small breeds. Pom puppies/adults alike are susceptible, especially if the are smaller than the average size, however breaks can occur even in average Poms. Breaks easily  happen stepping on your baby, dropping something on your Pom and (the most common way) having your Pom on something and letting them jump off of something this can happen even if you are right there or  across the room.  I recommend buying  stairs for never having them on something high. ever your pom is on the bed, sofa or couch. Broken legs are treatable, and if your Pomeranian does experience a leg break, but can be expensive or could lose the leg entirely. This another reason why playpen or play yard is extremely important when you can't have your on your puppy.