My Pom is a 1 1/2 year old little girl, very energetic and loving to me, and our immediate family, any one else totally gets the cold (barking) shoulder, but I guess this is somewhat normal for the breed, since I'm told they are very good watchdogs, but I would like a little less barking, at least when I tell her to. But my main worries are more of a health issue, she is shedding so badly right now, I mean in clumps, and it is Winter in NYC where I live, what gives? She also has a lot of weeping going on with her right eye only, and as the vet says, there is no sign of any infection. Now most importantly she has been having what I call little seizure like episodes, that can last from a few seconds to a few minutes, I don't know what triggers this, and they don't happen (thank God) to often, but they do worry me a lot. The Vet says he cannot make a determination about this without seeing it, and you know how that goes. Any info at all is welcome-Thankyou JP
you could get some Natural Tears kind of drops that are for humans and try that in her eye. it won't hurt. my thought about the seizure thing is maybe get a second opinion from another vet? i think that sounds serious, too, and i'd want it thoroughly checked out. i'm not sure about the shedding, i do know if dogs spend most time indoors they can still shed in winter, but in clumps sounds like more that normal shedding.
Poms are double coated dogs and need the undercoat combed out, it needs to be done a couple of times a year, so get a groomer to do it properly. Dogs that spend alot of times indoors are reacting to the warmth of the house some dogs will shed all year long. In your case I think a good grooming by someone who knows what they are doing will make the pup look great.The seizure problem is up to you.The vet does have medication to control seizures.Hes probly worried that eventually they will increase if not controled.But some dogs do have Occasional seizures, leave it be till it becomes a problem.The eye should just have a tear test the vet does that.it could be allergies.I've seen alot of poms with weepy eyes so it could be genetic.
I have a 14 year old black lab/Belgian police dog mix who has had seizures for years and coincidentally has started shedding something fierce over the last two weeks. I was searching this forum for info. on winter shedding--she has never done this before and I was wondering if it was some type of vitamin deficiency or skin problem--we live in Connecticut and this has been a very cold winter! Odd... I brush her regularly but still she sheds in small clumps. Any info. from anyone else is appreciated. As far as the seizures: Mandy is epileptic which we determined about 13 years ago when the seizures first started. The vet said they might get progressively more severe if untreated, and that's what happened. We knew we had to deal with it because her body temperature rose dramatically during each seizure. So about a year after the initial diagnosis, the vet put her on phenobarbitol--and to our knowledge, she has not had a seizure in the 11-12 years since. No apparent side effects, although he does test the level in her blood every couple of years. One piece of advice: save yourself some dough and don't buy the phenobarbitol from the vet--it's literally 10 times as expensive there as getting it from the local pharmacy! good luck!
maybe with a 14 year old dog it could be due to age, the shedding? that would be a guess of mine. for phenobarb, also check out Petmeds.com. I get my cat's eye drops there for almost half the price of the vet's. they mail the meds to you.
You could also have your vet check your pets thyroid. Sometimes they loose their hair with that and also I have seen a pom at our clinic with alopecia. The same hair loss disease that humans get. There is medication for that and also like stated phenabarb for the seizures. It would be good to get a Complete Blood Count done and also a thyroid check. Check with your vet. Good Luck
A thyroid or diabetic condition could be causing your poms problems. (as can many other disorders) Shedding/dull coat and seizures can be just a couple of the symptoms of these conditions. The seizures are a serious issue and can be controlled with proper meds, but your vet must first determine what is causing these episodes. Brian disorders (ie.tumors ect..) should be ruled out as well. Unfortunatly the testing proceedures (blood work up, ultrasounds etc.. can be costly, but it is absolutly necessary! You may want to consider pet medical insurance to help you out financially, ask your vet for referances. While I am not a veterinarian, (I am a tech)please understand that although I have tried to give you some helpful hints and advice, I nor anyone else on these postings can diagnose you dog, please leave it up to the doctors to determine your precious pups problems. With the opionions of myself and others, you may at least now have some idea where to start. Again, I urge you to get your dog in immediatly (seizures can be deadly if not properly evaluated (as to WHY)and treated. Good luck and please keep us posted when you visit your vet, and let us know the outcome!
Sorry, I forgot to address the occular discharge. A certain amount of tearing is normal for poms and many other breeds. If it seems excessive and only in one eye, or the conjunctiva (inner eye lids and surrounding tissue)is red and/or inflammed, your vet can also use a dye strip and opthalmic black light to determine if there could possibly be a scratch or ulcer on the cornea. Checking under the third eyelid is also something I am assuming your doctor has done (???) to rule out a foreign body! If the discharge has a greenish or yellowish tinge to it, it is most definatly an infection. Make sure your vet has seen the tearing at it's worst so he can make a proper diagnosis! What may have been a clear discharge on the day you took the pom in, could have turned cloudy and discolored later on........