Pomeranian Hair Loss: Causes and Treatments

  • 26/01/2014

Most royalties of eras past owned at least one of this breed of dogs. Queen Victoria is one of them. Who would not be? A Pomeranian is an adorable toy dog that is strong and friendly. It is well-known for its tiny size and long thick coat. People adore its cuteness and soft lush locks. That is why an owner has to take care of it well, especially its furry coat.

Hair loss is a common problem an owner might encounter when taking care of a Pomeranian. When this occurs, it is important to know the causes and treatments to easily bring the dog back to its adorable and healthy shape.

Pomeranian hair loss is usually caused by growth, allergies, pests and hormonal imbalances. A 5-month to 10-month old puppy normally sheds its hair to grow its adult coat. Pregnant ones also lose hair due to hormonal imbalance. Weeks after giving birth, the coat will be back to normal.

Alopecia X or Black Skin Disease where the dog loses lots of hair from its back with some dark patches, and Adrenal Sex Hormone Responsive Dermatosis where the dog loses hair on the neck, tail and hind legs are some causes of Pomeranian hair loss due to hormonal imbalance. Both need a serious Pomeranian hair loss treatment that is available in an animal clinic. Some of these treatments are:

Spaying or neutering involves removing the dog's reproductive organs through surgery to restore hormonal balance and allow faster hair regrowth.

Oral or implanted melatonin involves administering melatonin supplements to balance the dog's daily and seasonal rhythms and to trick the body to produce more compounds involved in hair growth. Veterinarians and owners should be careful as too much doses may worsen the condition. They may stop this treatment once the dog starts to regrow its hair.

An owner may perform simpler Pomeranian hair loss treatment for less severe cases. He may just eliminate the dog allergens such as wheat and corn in the diet and change the dog shampoo to a gentler and hypoallergenic one. He may consult the veterinarian for a shampoo against the pests and apply a small amount of Benadryl to help stop the dog from scratching resulting in hair loss.

Once the treatment is over, owners should maintain the beauty of their Pomeranian dogs. They should keep washing and brushing the coat regularly. They should also always watch the dog's overall health to make sure it is in good shape inside and out.


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