How to Care for the Health and Grooming of Pomskies

Since Pomskies are a relatively new breed, there are no known health or medical issues that affect them. However, this does not mean that the Pomsky has perfect health without any illnesses or problems. It just means that it is too soon to know precisely which health conditions exist. It is a known fact that hybrid breeds commonly inherit the health conditions of their parent breeds and so it is a good idea to monitor the health of your Pomsky closely.

Health Issues of Pomskies

Pomskies are prone to health concerns like any other dog breed. Usually, these health problems are ones that are passed on from both parents – the Siberian Husky and the Pomeranian.

From the Husky:

  • Eye problems e.g. cataract
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Skin problems e.g. dermatitis, allergies, etc.

From the Pomeranian:

  • Skin Irritations
  • Eye Infections
  • Tooth Decay
  • Dislocated kneecap
  • Plaque build-up

To make sure that your Pomsky is healthy, buy your Pomsky from a reputed breeder who can provide you with the appropriate health clearances such as vaccination schedules, regular vet check-up reports, health guarantees, etc. of the Pomsky as well as his parents.

The diet of the Pomsky and other external factors also has a bearing on the dog’s health. Pomskies are expensive dogs and it is very vital that you conduct a proper research before bringing the Pomsky home.

Vaccinations for Your Pomsky Puppy

Vaccinations are a very important aspect of maintaining your Pomsky puppy’s health. Do not take your Pomsky puppy to places with many dogs until they have completed all their puppy booster shots as they are susceptible to illnesses.  However, you must take care not to vaccinate your Pomsky more than necessary as it can be quite dangerous to over-vaccinate your dog. All vaccines can have adverse reactions.

De-Worming Your Pomsky Puppy

Pomskies are prone to getting worms. The most common worms that may infect your Pomsky are roundworms and hookworms. Roundworms live on the food that the Pomsky eats and if not treated in time, your dog can suffer from malnutrition. Hookworms feed on the blood of the Pomsky which can cause anemia. Hence, you must ensure that your Pomsky is de-wormed regularly.

 

De-worming must begin for Pomskies when they are 2 weeks old and continue at 4, 6, 8, 12 and 16 weeks. Pomskies should be de-wormed when they are adults too and steps must be taken to prevent heartworms also.

Teething in Pomsky Puppies

Just like in human babies, you will face teething troubles with your Pomsky puppy. The puppy’s teeth start growing when they are 2-4 weeks old and by the time your puppy is around 5-6 weeks old he will have around 28 baby teeth. When the puppy is around 8-10 weeks old, his baby teeth begin to shed and will be replaced by permanent adult teeth.

As a parent, you would have probably experienced the uncomfortable process of your baby’s teething process. The same holds true for a Pomsky puppy too. The process of teething can be quite painful. The puppy may become very irritable, fussy and begin chewing all the things in your home like your furniture, shoes, etc. You can help your puppy by comforting him and giving him some toys to chew on that will distract him and help to soothe his gums.

Best Teething Toys for Your Pomsky

  • Rubber toys
  • Hard nylon toys
  • Thick rope toys
  • Fill-able toys that can be filled with water and frozen, the cool toy will help to calm the puppy’s sore gums

Worst Teething Toys for Your Pomsky

  • Long strings or ribbon strips
  • Items with sharp metal parts such as batteries, springs, pins, etc.
  • Plastic film sheets
  • Large chewies or chewies made of rawhide
  • Thin, squeaky rubber toys
  • Soft toys

It is important that you select your Pomsky’s toys very carefully and ensure that they are safe for him to play with. Monitor your dog when he is playing with his toys to make sure that he hasn’t bitten off chunks of the toy or there are no fibers or parts coming loose that he can swallow and harm himself.

Caring for Your Pomsky

Like any other dog breed, Pomskies also need to be groomed regularly to keep their coats in a clean and healthy condition. They should also get regular exercise so that they are healthy, agile and fit. You must ensure that your Pomsky gets a high-quality and nutrition-packed diet.

Grooming Your Pomsky

Brushing Your Pomsky’s Coat

It is very likely that your Pomsky will have a fluffy and soft coat like its Pomeranian parent or he may inherit the sleek, smooth look from the Siberian Husky. A daily use of the coat brush helps to stimulate the blood flow, removes all the loose and dead hair and keeps the Pomsky’s coat healthy, shiny and tangle-free.  For brushing your Pomsky’s coat daily, you can make use of a bristle brush.

Pomskies shed quite a lot, especially in Spring and again in Autumn. They can be quite high-maintenance when it comes to grooming. You need to spend a considerable amount of time brushing out their coat, particularly when they shed. You can invest in a de-shedding brush for when the Pomsky begins to shed.

A visit to a grooming parlor once in a while is a must. Having your Pomsky professionally groomed can make things easier for you.

Bathing Your Pomsky

Bathing your Pomsky is not tough and can actually be fun both for the dog as well as you. Bathing your Pomsky depends on many factors such as his coat type and how much of time your Pomsky spends outdoors. Most dogs need a bath every 2-3 weeks and some dogs can remain without a bath for up to 6 weeks.

You should not bathe your Pomsky too often. Excessive bathing can strip away the natural essential oils from the Pomsky’s fur causing the coat to look dry and flaky.  A bath once in a month is ideal in summers and in winters you can bathe your Pomsky less often. In between baths, you can use doggie wipes or waterless baths which involve a spray solution that cleans the top coat and paws, to keep your Pomsky clean.

Bathe your Pomsky in lukewarm water using a mild dog shampoo without any chemicals. Use a cotton ball to scrub his fur gently. Be careful when cleaning your Pomsky’s face; ensure that no soap gets into his eyes. Be sure to remove even the tiniest trace of soap from your Pomsky’s skin. You can make use of a conditioner to keep your Pomsky’s fur silky and soft.

If your Pomsky suffers from any allergies, then it is best to consult your vet before using any bathing or grooming products.

Cleaning Your Pomsky’s Ears and Eyes

You must check your Pomsky’s ears and clean them regularly to prevent hearing problems and infections. You can make use of a warm cotton ball dipped in ear cleaning solution to clean your Pomsky’s ears. Wipe away any dirt or wax present in the Pomsky’s inner ear. If there is too much of wax build-up in the ears, it can lead to infection, which can take a long time to clear up. However, take care not to rub too hard as it may cause sores. Also, ensure that you don’t push the cotton ball too much into the dog’s ear.

Remove any debris and tear stains from the corners of the eyes using a moist cotton ball. If there is too much of hair around the eyes, you can use scissors or a trimmer to remove the extra hair.

Brushing Your Pomsky’s Teeth

By the time your Pomsky puppy is 6 months old, all his puppy teeth would have fallen out and replaced by 42 adult teeth. You need to ensure that your Pomsky’s teeth are cleaned regularly to remove all the food lodged in the teeth. The residual food along with plaque can lead to smelly breath and periodontal disease.

You can use your fingers to massage and scrub your Pomsky’s teeth gently. Later you can move on to using a toothbrush and toothpaste for canines. Use a very soft toothbrush and toothpaste that is formulated for dogs that work both chemically and mechanically to remove plaque. Do not use toothpaste used by humans as it can upset your Pomsky’s stomach if he swallows it.

To get him used to the taste of pet toothpaste, first apply it on his lips so that he becomes familiar with the taste of the toothpaste. Once your Pomsky is familiar with the taste of the toothpaste, you can use it to brush his teeth with the toothbrush.You can also use baking soda and water to clean your Pomsky’s teeth.

Regular brushing of teeth is important, the lack of which can lead to gum disease and bacterial infections.

Nail Care for Your Pomsky

Caring for your Pomsky’s nails is a very important part of the dog’s grooming. Theirs nails can curl under its paws if left untrimmed. This causes discomfort and may cause joint damage in the long run. When the Pomsky walks, if you hear his nails clicking or screeching on the floor, it means that his nails require trimming.

If your Pomsky is not very active, then his nails will require trimming once a week. If you walk your Pomsky on sidewalks, his nails will naturally be worn down and he will not require trimming that often.

Use a proper nail clipper that is of the appropriate size for your Pomsky and be careful not to cut the quick (or the bundle of blood vessels).

When cutting your Pomsky’s nails, accidents may happen. Be prepared and keep some bandages, styptic powder and corn starch when trimming your pet’s nails. The corn starch helps to reduce bleeding and the styptic powder is a disinfectant.

Trimming Your Pomsky’s Hair

Trimming your Pomsky’s hair from time to time will make him look neat and tidy and also reduce the risk of skin infections. You can also prevent the fur from getting matted, tangled and check fleas by clipping it regularly. When clipping your Pomsky’s hair, make sure that the blades of the trimmer are well-lubricated and sharp and do not pull the hair and cause pain. Instead of taking your dog to the vet every time he needs a trim, you can invest in good quality clippers and do the clipping at home.

Do not use scissors to clip your Pomsky’s hair as they are not easy to control and the coat may become uneven. The scissors can also hurt the dog if he moves suddenly while you are cutting.

Additional Grooming Tips

  • Keep all the Pomsky’s grooming supplies at hand before you start the grooming session.
  • Line the bath tub with a non-slip mat when giving your Pomsky a bath to prevent any slipping and injury.
  • Take care not to get water into your Pomsky’s ear; it may cause an ear infection.
  • Your Pomsky may be uncomfortable and may make a fuss during the grooming session. Be patient, praise him and comfort him during the entire process.
  • Don’t forget to give your Pomsky his favorite treat for behaving well and allowing you to groom him.

Regular grooming not only helps to keep your Pomsky clean and healthy but also helps you have a healthy interaction with your pet and develop a bond as you spend considerable time with your furry pal.

Living Conditions for your Pomsky

Pomskies are very adaptable and are good indoor as well as outdoor dogs. They are comfortable in homes with large spaces and even large apartments, as long as they have enough space to run around and get sufficient exercise. Having a backyard or a garden for your Pomsky to run about is ideal.

Pomskies can withstand the cold because of their double-layered coat that even provides insulation in arctic temperatures. However, Pomskies feel very hot, so you can have your air conditioning turned on or have an area in your home that is cool for the Pomsky to cool off and rest.

The average life expectancy of Pomskies is around 13-15 years and if they are properly cared for with a healthy diet, good health care and careful grooming, you can expect them to live a long, trouble-free and happy life.