Pomeranians with Bad Breath?
Does your Pomeranian have bad breath? Bad breath is any dog is nasty but in a Pomeranian it seems to take on another side of nasty. Let me explain. You go down to the rescue and pick out the cutest Pomeranian and fall madly in love with him or her. They are so cute and you can’t wait to pick them up an give them a million kisses… when you do, it hits you like a slap in the face, Pommy Stinky Breath. You stand bewildered by how that much stink can come out of such a small dog… that’s how it was with our 31/2 lbs of absolute cuteness, Little Sophia.
On the way home from picking her up from the rescue in Indiana, I was on the plane giving her kisses and was overwhelmed with “stinky breath”. I was almost a little embarrassed for her but then I snapped out of it and realized she doesn’t care about her breath… I do.
When I got home I took her to our Vet in Albuquerque when we lived there and explained about Sophia’s breath… when he finished laughing, he explained that many rescue Pomeranians come to their new home with bad breath because of dental problems, bacteria build up/tarter or bloody gums. Because of Sophia’s age (10) I was a little leery about putting her under for an operation so soon after I adopted her… and the truth is I didn’t really trust our Vet at the time.
My husband and I decided that Albuquerque wasn’t the place for us and moved to Las Vegas where we got hooked up with a great Vet and approached the breath subject with her. This time we received some great information; she explained that unless she had unusually sweet or fruity breath (which isn’t bad breath) and was drinking and urinating more than usual then it wasn’t a concern for Diabetes. If she didn’t have breath that smelled like urine she didn’t have Kidney disease… and unless she was vomiting, stopped eating and had yellowish color in the white of her eyes she didn’t have Liver problems.
We deduced that it was just her teeth and the negligence of her previous owner for not taking her in for regular dental cleanings. Our Vet did all the proper blood work and ruled out any preexisting conditions such as heart problems that could create a hindrance while she was under. She passed with flying colors and went on to have her Dental… $450.00 later and hole in my husbands wallet Sophia was absolutely kissable.
Some after care suggestions that our Vet gave us were:
- Make sure to go to your Vet (Duh!) for regular check ups
- Ask your Vet to check your Pomeranian’s teeth and gums during every check up to monitor if there is tarter build up.
- Make sure the food you give your furry baby is of high quality and easy to digest.
- Now this is nearly impossible for Sophia but, try to brush your Pomeranian’s teeth everyday with toothpaste specifically formulated for dogs
- Give him or her hard chew toys that are Pomeranian appropriate to allow them to be cleaning naturally during the chewing process.
- Make sure the treats you give your baby aren’t filled with garbage and have been well researched.
Keeping to this very easy (except for the brushing daily) program, Sophia is a breath of sweet smelling kissable cuteness and has done well at every check up. Please keep in mind that this is what we do at the Pommy Mommy household for Sophia and your furry baby may have different reasons for their bad breath. Please consult your Veterinarian before exploring this option.