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Here you'll find tips and information that I hope will
be of use to you and of benefit to your Poms. Please do not take
anything from this page or any pages within this website to be a
substitute for your own sound judgment or advice from your vet. I am not
a vet and can not take responsibility for choices that you make. With
that said, as a breeder I am willing to begin sharing some things that
we do with our dogs. I will
add more as time allows.
Motion sickness can be a problem especially in young puppies. They usually
out grow this, some sooner than others. First thing to remember is don't feed the dog too close to travel time. We give our puppies a piece of Bonine < or > a piece
of Dramamine tablet exactly one hour
before the trip. These are motion sickness meds and can be purchased in
the pharmacy, over the counter dept/ of Wal-mart. I will give one
quarter tablet to Pom puppies under 3 mos. old. Put the dose in a ball
of frozen Bil-Jac, a ball of cheese, meat or something they will swallow
right down. A safe approach for Poms
over 3 mos. old, or 3-4 lbs might be to start with 1/2 a tablet and go up by 1/4 of a tablet
each time you travel until you reach the dosage right for your size Pom,
never giving more than one tablet. They do tend to out grow this.
IMPORTANT: must give exactly 1 hour prior to your trip!!
roll of "Viva" paper towels in the car at all times for those
occasions when a Pom might poop or vomit.
* When you
travel with your dogs, never stop to take them to toilet on
foreign turf! In other words, it is never wise to "potty" your
dogs on grass away from home. Think about it. Where do the hundreds of
other people take their dogs to poop? Yep, they stop to fuel the
car, and walk the dog. Since we have no clue what might have been
left in the soil and grass from the stools of other dogs, we never walk
our Poms on soils away from home. We don't want them picking up worms of
any kind, coccidia, giardia, disease, or parasites such as fleas and
ticks. Instead, consider walking your Pom on the pavement, or better yet
take a look at the next tip for information regarding the use of
pens otherwise known as "ex-pens" come in different heights. For
Poms I think the 24" height is sufficient. These pens can set up to
become a 2 x 6 or a 4 x 4 configuration. They have 8 panels which are
fastened together and are wonderful for their particular purpose. They
can be purchased at nearly any pet shop, and store neatly in the trunk
of a car, ready to pop out and quickly set up (* remember, set up
on concrete, never on grass) You can set up an ex-pen in
under a minute and have it ready to set your Pom safely inside. Put
down a bowl of water to allow your dog a drink and stand by while your
Pom stretches it's legs and hopefully goes potty! After your little rest
stop, just fold up the pen and pop it back in the trunk. Don't forget to
be courteous by picking up and disposing of any poop left by your dog.
long trips you may want to keep a small suitcase packed with the
dogs own things such as: grooming tools (brush, comb ect.), a bed, food
& water dishes, tooth brush and doggie tooth paste, bottled water, toys,
Wee wee pads or newspaper to potty on in the motel room, a thick
shower curtain liner (to cover the carpet in a motel room, then put
newspaper on the liner and set the ex-pen on top, bed, food, water
dishes and wa-la a home away from home! )
Remember to schedule regular dental cleanings
every year to 18 months depending on tartar build up. I would be sure to
have them done at least every 18 months, and no longer in between, because
toy dogs tend to lose teeth early, especially if not maintained with
If you only have a couple of dogs it
would be quite
manageable to brush their teeth. You can use a soft tiny little toddler
toothbrush or wrap a gauze pad around your finger. Apply dog tooth paste
and either brush, or rub the gauze pad vigorously over the teeth and
gums. Do not use human tooth paste as this can upset their tummy!
Instead use a meat flavored dental paste developed especially for dogs.
Remember to start slow, be gentle, and please be patient.
Use stainless steel dishes
to feed or water your pet. Staph and other bacteria
can grow in tiny nicks and pits in the plastic. This can cause a staph
infection on your pets face and other illnesses. Stainless steel bowls
crocks are excellent choices. There are some nice ones that have little
stands so your dog doesn't have to bend down so far to eat or drink.
little paws that like to play footsie in the water bowl,
dishes with stands which hold the bowls a few inches off the floor, help stop the temptation.
In time, they usually outgrow this messy game.
* Pig ears
are a flavorful treat many Poms love to chew. Keep track of the pig ears
and when you see that your dog has chewed and worked on a piece until an
edge has become soft or floppy, take it up and cut the soft area away
with a pair of kitchen scissors. Do not use your HAIR trimming scissors! Instead purchase a
sturdy pair of kitchen utility scissors. Keepsake Poms have discarded
the notion of giving 'chews' such as pig ears to the Poms
because we now feed a RAW diet of meat & bones.
Wee wee pads can be purchased from the pet department of Wal-Mart or
in any pet supplies store. I personally avoid purchasing ANY products
that sell dogs as part of their income. This is not the way any reputable
breeder would place their dogs. (This would of course exclude
shelter placements) If you prefer, you can do as we do and use unprinted
newspaper (see How to Live with a boy)