Are There Any Pomsky Health Issues?
The Pomsky that some call a Pomeranian Husky is not an official dog breed. With this breed being so new you may wonder are there any Pomsky health issues? Currently there isn’t a lot of information on consistent health problems found in the Pomsky breed. There have been some concerns raised about Glaucoma. This is an eye disease that is common in the Siberian Husky dog breed. You can find out more about the symptoms of Glaucoma in this PetMD article “Glaucoma in Dogs”.
This has been the only reported issue with Pomskies and we haven’t found sufficient evidence to suggest this is a chronic problem with the breed. As the breed becomes more established we and our breeders will have a better grasp on patterns that may warrant additional health concerns. Below we will go over the parent breeds known conditions. This will give Pomsky owners some things to look out for.
Common Pomeranian Health Issues
The Pomeranian can have some health issues. Most of this breed’s issues can be a concern later in their life. Below I’ll list a few with a brief description.
If you notice your Pomeranian lifting up a back leg every few steps it may be because of pain from walking due to their knee cap slipping out of place. This is a rather common problem found in this breed and it is possible that the Pomsky could have similiar issues. Their are different grades of Patella Luxation so be sure to always get a second opinion before considering surgery. A bit of a side story:
My mother had a small Pomeranian that had this condition. She decided to have the surgery because the vet said she should. The surgery went fine but when “Willow”, my mother’s Pomeranian, went under to have her cast remove she died on the table. There is debate over why this happened. Maybe Willow was too small or maybe putting her under so soon after the first surgery was the problem. Either way this can and DOES happen so please make sure Patella Luxation is absolutely necessary and weigh your option.
These are often not fatal for the Pomeranian but need to be treated with medication. Heart murmurs and enlarged hearts are the main concern here.
Usually only in smaller Pomeranians this condition often times corrects itself. This is where a soft spot is on the Pomeranian puppy’s head from birth. Most of the time this soft spot will close on its own. Occasionally in really small puppies the soft spot doesn’t close. Owners need to avoid letting their Pomeranian get hit in the head. Pomeranian puppies in even rarer cases can have water on their brain. This is almost always fatal.
A lot of small breeds can suffer from this condition. Syptoms of a collapsed trachea are coughing in particularly when they get too excited.
Pomeranians can often times have weaker teeth and/or baby teeth that remain. Sometimes vets will need to have them extracted or cleaned on a regular basis. With smaller Pomeranians (and any small breed) avoid putting them under unless absolutely necessary.
If your Pomeranian has hair loss they could suffer from this condition.
Another disease that can cause a Pomeranian to lose their hair.
Alopecia X and BSD Disease
These two are the same condition. It will usually affect the breed around the 6th year. Syptoms are hair loss in the saddle, tail and back area. More information can be found on this disease here.
The Pomeranian breed can have seizures for different reasons:
- head injury
- severe Hypoglycemic episode
- water on the brain
- liver shunt
This is when the Pomeranian’s body cannot process proteins properly. This is a very basic summary of this condition. Please click here for a detail description.
This can be genetic or from an injury. It is a nurological condition that can affect Pomeranians.
A lot of smaller breeds can have this condition. When a dog’s blood sugar drops it is known as Hypoglycemia. Often times this disease is a secondary one with the primary being Guardia or Coccid. This is usually a disease that is more likely to affect smaller puppies. I know people love small breeds and think “the smaller the better” but beware of this as a potential problem in smaller dogs. Find out more about Hypolglycemia by clicking here.
Yeast, ear mites, injury and other things can cause ear infections in dogs. If your Pomeranian tilts their head alot scratching their ear or crying they may have an ear infection. Take them to the vet for treatment.
Dandruff and other skin conditions can affect Pomeranians and other breeds.
The PUPPY UGLIES aren’t really a health condition but is definitely something that new Pomeranian owners will notice.
This is a condition involving feces. Instead of going over it detail here you can find out more information below:
Common Siberian Husky Health Issues
The Siberian Husky breed has its own share of concerns though not as robust as the Pomeranian. Below are the common health problems that can affect the Siberian Husky breed.
This affects 10% of Siberian Huskies. This is usually apparent at 6-12 months of age. Often times this will cause blindness by the dog’s 2nd or 3rd year. Other eye conditions include corneal dystrophy, prgressive retinal atrophy and sometimes pannus and glaucoma.
Itchy skin can lead to pyoderma. Other skin problems can be dermatosis, follicular dysplasia and lupus. A very rare skin and eye disease calle Vogt-Koyanagi-Harada can also happen.
Siberian Huskies can lose pigment in their muzzle and nose. This can also lead to solar dermatitis, vitiligo, or lupus. Most of the time it is just pigment loss where the pigment loss is only during the winter. It is called “snow nose”
This can affect Siberian Huskies but is fairly rare. Only around 17% of Huskies have this problem.
This is said to only affect 2% of the breed but I want to leave open that this condition seems to be more common than cited.
As you can see there are a fair amount of health issues found in the parent breeds of the Pomsky. While no chronic health problems have been reported in the Pomsky breed be on the look out for all the conditions listed above. Also be sure and look into other conditions that affect small dog breeds. Take your Pomsky to the vet for regular check ups and avoid putting them under unless absolutely necessary. Thanks for reading and for all your Pomsky information be sure and check back with us at Pomsky Pals.