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The Columbia Pomeranian Club of Portland, Oregon is a non-profit organization dedicated to the exhibiting and breeding of purebred Pomeranians, and to the betterment of the breed.  


Portland, Oregon
Established 1953

Canine Health Issues

This page contains some information on common health issues seen in the Pomeranian breed and some links to details about those issues.  This is for your information only, our club is in no way offering medical advice of any kind, please see your Vet for that.  Some of our hyperlinks have been abbreviated for space, but they are linked in their entirety (please notify me if the link does not work). 

Hypoglycemia:  Commonly referred to as low blood sugar.  Toy breed dogs have a very small fat reserve that in times of excitement and stress is used up very rapidly.  Signs of hypoglycemia include confusion, disorientation, unusual drowsiness, shivers and/or staggering.  In an advanced stage the dog can collapse and go into seizures.  Immediate sugar and protein ingestion is necessary.  The best product to keep on hand is Nutrical, available from your veterinarian.  In an emergency, sugar water or syrup or even honey will work.  If the condition persists after a few minutes contact your veterinarian.


Collapsed Trachea:  Small breed dogs are particularly susceptible this condition. The tracheal rings, which are made of cartilage, become weak and fail to keep the trachea open during breathing. When the trachea collapses, air is no longer able to move freely through the respiratory tract. Depending upon the stage of respiration in which the collapse occurs, air may become trapped within the lungs or blocked from entering them.  Excitement, exercise, obesity, injury and allergies are all factors that may trigger and irritate a tracheal collapse.


Luxating Patella (Slipping Kneecaps):  A dislocation of the kneecap.  This condition can either be congenital (present at birth) or acquired (trauma induced).  In most cases surgery is not indicated, but a severe grade of patellar luxation may dictate the need for surgery to improve the function of the leg.  Arthritis will normally develop, whether or not surgery is performed.  Be sure that both parents are certified "clear" of this condition, and that care is taken with the puppy to avoid damaging its knees.


Hypothyrodism:  A simple blood test will determine the existence of the condition.  The symptoms can include skin and coat problems, sudden onset of aggressive behavior, itching, lethargy, musky odor, and many more.  This condition is treatable with ongoing prescription therapy.


Keratoconjunctivitus Sicca (Dry Eye):  While normal dog eyes are lustrous, a dog with dry eye will have eyes lacking in luster and that appear to be textured.  This condition is caused by the lack of tear production.  This can be due to lack of nerve stimulation of the tear glands, failure of the tear glands or blockage of the ducts that carry the tears to the eyes.  Full diagnosis can only be performed by a Veterinarian to determine the cause.  Treatment will be dependant upon the cause and severity of the condition.