Pets for their owners become real family members and take a special place in their hearts. The premature death of a pet becomes a real tragedy that can be difficult to survive. That is why each owner should know how many years the animal is allotted by nature on average and what can be done to extend this period.
How Long Do Pomeranian Dogs Live at Home
It is almost impossible to meet a homeless Pomeranian on the street. These miniature dogs are not adapted for survival in the “wild” environment and, accidentally left alone on the street, are unlikely to be able to live there for weeks.
At home, a loved and pampered Pomeranian may well live up to 20 years. More specifically, the subtype to which it belongs will tell about the Pomeranian’s lifespan. The average lifespan of Pomeranian is 13 years. The minimum age for them is considered to be twelve years old, and the maximum is fifteen years old. The fox type is no different from the “cubs” in this respect. But miniature toy-type dogs rarely live up to 10 years. However, the owner can be completely sure that the fluffy toy dog will live up to 8 years.
What Determines the Lifespan of Pomeranians
Most often, the premature death of decorative Pomeranians is provoked by:
Diseases. Dogs of this breed are prone to developing diseases of the gastrointestinal tract, which impair the quality and significantly shorten their life expectancy. Pomeranians can also pick up a certain virus (plague, adenovirus), which will be impossible to cure.
Overeating. In most cases, the premature death of a Pomeranian is not caused by the overeating process itself, but its consequence – obesity. Dogs that have an extra 3-4 kg live less than their slender and fit relatives by 4-5 years.
Lack of care. Pomeranians who are not loved and cared for will not be able to live a long life. To meet venerable old age, they need veterinary supervision, regular care of their hair, claws, teeth, and proper nutrition.
Depression. Don’t forget about communicating with people. Without the attention of the owner, the dog does not feel happy, begins to get bored, gets sick, and, as a result, dies early.
Poisoning. Pomeranians can be poisoned either by a piece of sausage seasoned with rat poison or stale kefir picked up on the street. To avoid the first, you need to teach the dog the rules of behavior on the street from childhood, the second – to monitor the quality of its nutrition.
How to Extend Your Pomeranian’s Life
In order for the Pomeranian to delight you with his presence as long as possible, not get sick and be happy with life, he needs:
daily attention and care;
active games and walks in the fresh air;
properly organized sleeping place (not in the cold and draft)
regular use of healthy and balanced food rich in vitamins, minerals, and healthy elements;
scheduled visits to the doctor (at least 2 times a year);
proper hygienic care (haircuts, brushing teeth, ears, eyes, clipping nails);
vaccination and treatment against fleas and parasites.
Important! Particular attention should be paid to dogs that have crossed the threshold of old age. Their diet should not consist of fat alone. Walking and physical activity are halved. Carefully monitor the weight and condition of the teeth.
How to determine the age of a Pomeranian? Just look at his teeth and fur. In puppies under the age of 8 months, there is a change of milk teeth with permanent ones. In adult dogs, at the age of 4, all the tubercles on the upper incisors have already been erased. By the age of 6, the incisors become noticeably dull. From the age of 8, all Pomeranian’s teeth are noticeably worn out. As for the coat, young animals have a thick and shiny coat, while older Pomeranians look noticeably worse. Their coat is no longer so luxurious in appearance, sometimes bald spots may even form.