Pomeranian are famous for their beautiful coats and of course their charming personalities too. In fact, many people affectionately refer to their Pomeranian as their cute little “bundles of fur.” However, there is a downside to all this fuzzy cuteness. Pomeranian tend to shed more than other dog breeds which can lead to many problems if you don’t stay on top of it. Besides matting, excessive shedding can actually lead to skin diseases as well. In this article, I’m going to share with you some simple ways to reduce Pomeranian shedding.
First and foremost, it is vital that you keep your pom well groomed. You should brush your Pom’s hair at least twice a week and during shedding season, you will need to increase this frequency to daily. Be sure to brush with the grain of the hair and use a brush with long enough bristles to reach the undercoat. The onset of shedding season will vary depending on where you live but it will generally start in the spring. Some poms, especially females, will have a second shedding season in the fall. Brushing your pom not only eliminates hair but it also stimulates the blood flow around the hair follicles and will reduce shedding.
You can also reduce Pomeranian shedding by keeping the heat turned down in the winter. If you crank the heat, your Pom’s body will be tricked into thinking it is spring and will shed more.
If you live in an area with more pronounced seasons, you can reduce shedding by controlling the inside temperature more carefully. If you allow the inside temperatures to fluctuate more, your pom will shed more.
Many pom owners are reporting great success at reducing shedding by feeding their poms omega-3. These can be in the form of omega-3 supplements in foods that are naturally high in omega-3 like salmon and flax seed oil.
In fact, food can be the key for reducing shedding. If your Pom is shedding a lot, consider switching to a higher quality food with fewer fillers and healthier ingredients. Poms that are rescued from shelters have often been fed lower quality food because the shelter just couldn’t afford the higher quality food or they depend on donations. If you adopt a rescue pom, you may notice excessive shedding at first because of this. However, if you start feeding your new pom a higher quality food, the excessive shedding problem often disappears.
Grooming your pom is usually quality time and most poms look forward to this attention. The more you groom, the more hair you will keep from getting into the carpets, on the bed, on your clothes, and all the other places dog hair seems to find. However, instead of just throwing away all that beautiful pom fur, I’d like to suggest that you release it into the wind outside. Songbirds will find the soft hair and line their nests with it. Wrens are famous for this. It can be very touching to find a bird nest in your yard lined with your beloved Pom’s fur.