Pomeranians are small, energetic dogs with a fluffy double coat that gives them a pom-pom-shaped appearance. Pomeranian hair is long and needs regular care for the best hair growth. Pomeranian hair loss may have several causes and a correct diagnosis can help you determine how to make your Pomeranian's hair grow back faster.
Grooming requirements for Pomeranian hair
The Pomeranian has long hair that needs to be brushed two to three times per week to prevent mats and tangles from forming. This stimulates the hair follicles to grow and removes dead hair, leaving room for new, healthy hair to grow.
Spray the coat with a leave-in conditioner before brushing to prevent damage and maintain moisture in the hair. Be sure to brush the coat gently to avoid breaking the hair. Knots sometimes hide just above the skin. Check the entire coat and gently comb out any knots before they become mats that need to be cut out.
For the best Pomeranian hair growth, shampoo the fur once per week using a hypoallergenic pet shampoo. After washing, apply a dog hair conditioner to the fur. Then rinse thoroughly to remove all of the product. The conditioner can help to remove and prevent tangles and mats. After bathing, dab the pom dry with a towel. Do not rub the fur which can cause damage and tangles.
Trimming and shaving Pomeranians
If brushing and combing do not remove the mats and tangles, you may need to cut them out. Cut as close to the base of the mat as possible, but take care not to cut the dog's skin.
Although it is sometimes necessary, in general, you want to avoid cutting your Pomeranian's hair when grooming at home. They have a double coat which may not grow back the same after shaving. You can trim the ends of the hair to shape the fur if necessary.
Healthy diet for hair growth
High-quality, commercial dog food is usually enough to keep your pup's coat healthy and growing well. However, there are some supplements that you can try to encourage healthy hair growth. Be sure to check with your veterinarian before supplementing your dog's food.
A liquid fish oil supplement containing omega-3s may help. Melatonin may help with more serious hair loss, but this should never be given without the advice of your veterinarian.
Pomeranian hair loss causes
These steps should keep your Pomeranian's coat healthy and growing quickly. However, some conditions may cause Pomeranian hair loss. If your pom is losing her hair, consult your veterinarian to diagnose the problem and develop a treatment plan.
Fur loss may be the result of high levels of stress. Be sure to take good care of your dog, ensure she gets plenty of exercise, and supervise her during playtimes to keep her safe. This will help minimize the chances of a stressful event. Parasites such as mange, from mites on the skin, and ringworm may both cause hair loss in Pomeranians. In some cases, the hair follicles may develop an infection and cause the hair to fall out. This is called folliculitis.
Some medical conditions may also be to blame. Some conditions that may cause your dog's hair to thin or fall out include hypothyroidism, diabetes, and Cushing's disease. Pomeranians may also develop alopecia. The cause of this type of hair loss is unknown.