It seems the years appear to fly after you’ve brought home a new puppy. Before you realize it, your puppy is edging into adulthood and then into seniordom. Although much attention is given to the care needs of young puppies, people don’t always anticipate the individual care needs of dogs as they age and mature. While many of those needs are the same breed to breed, the Pomsky has some individual adult needs that will need to be addressed as he grows older.
Because the Pomsky is such a “new” hybrid, not much information exists as far as long term health concerns, but because the Pomsky is created as a result of a successful mating between a female Husky and a male Pomeranian, the Pomsky likely takes characteristics from both parents. It may vary from puppy to puppy how much of each parent comes through as a dominant trait, but some generalizations might give owners insight into what to expect.
Pomeranians, along with other members of the Toy Breed Group, have some common health concerns. One of those is cataracts. This eye disease is shown through a change in color of the eyes, along with staggering or running into things, making your dog appear more clumsy than normal. Another eye issue is Distichiasis, or problems with ingrown eyelashes. Still others include the luxating patella, or issues with the knees and joints. Tracheal collapse is when the rings surrounding the windpipe collapse, closing the dog’s airway. Pomeranians may also have some skin diseases as they age.
Similarly, the Husky side may provide some unique health challenges. One issue is hip dysplasia, where the thigh bone has trouble connecting with the hip socket. They also have eye problems like cataracts, corneal dystrophy, or retinal atrophy. Just like the Pomeranian, these issues may not appear until later in life. This is why it is important to maintain a relationship with your veterinarian, who may recognize early signs and symptoms, allowing for correction or comfort measures. As your dog ages, veterinary visits should happen twice annually, just to ensure overall health.
Your vet will check for early signs of advanced aging including problems with the eyes, decreased mobility, trouble jumping onto things, staggered or labored walking and breathing, coat changes, trouble with hearing or the onset of new behavioral issues. Your vet will encourage you to continue to encourage your Pomsky to get regular exercise. Just like humans, dogs have a tendency to get lazy as they age, but in order to maintain good health, they must participate in some exercise and light activity. This may also require you to slow down your days and take more quiet time with your Pomsky; he may not be able to keep up with you the way he once did.
Your Pomsky may require different food as he ages. Older dogs have a tendency to gain or lose weight and must have their food intake monitored to ensure they are getting proper nutrition. They may require special vitamins, including glucosamine for joints, or soft food and treats as their teeth have more difficulty chewing through harder foods and bones. These measures will ensure long lasting health and comfort for your Pomsky.
Other comfort measures may include creating steps to allow easier access to areas of your home and yard for your Pomsky. Ensure he has a comfy bed to rest in that provides adequate support. As your Pomsky gets older, he may have trouble with incontinence. He may need to be contained in one area of the house that is easy to clean, or be allowed outside more frequently. You may need to get creative and utilize things like puppy pads or fake grass to help your dog relieve himself.
While he may no longer be the spring chicken he once was, as long as your Pomsky is eating, participating in activity and is free from pain, he can age gracefully, still providing you companionship, love and support for many years to come.