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Common Diseases and Disorders

  • Medial patellar luxation is a disorder affecting the kneecap.

  • Tracheal collapse is a disorder of the windpipe. The rings of the trachea are weakened and collapse, resulting in persistent coughing and possibly difficult breathing.

  • Hypothyroidism results when the thyroid gland does not function adequately.

  • Testicular tumors are tumors that involve the testicles in intact male dogs.

  • Atlantoaxial subluxation is a condition in which the first two cervical (neck) vertebrae are not firmly attached. Dogs are born without ligament support to their atlantoaxial joint,

  • Cryptorchidism is a condition in which one or both testicles do not descend into the scrotum.

    The Pomeranian is also prone to difficulty delivering puppies and chronic eye discharge.


    In addition, although these occur infrequently, the following disorders have also been reported:


  • Patent ductus arteriosis (PDA) is a congenital birth defect caused by a blood vessel that normally closes after birth, but remains open resulting in the passage of extra volumes of blood into the lungs.

  • Sick sinus syndrome - is a disease that causes an abnormal heart rhythm.

  • Progressive retinal atrophy is a disease that causes nerve cells at the back of the eye to degenerate. The condition usually begins in older pets and can lead to blindness.

  • Entropion is a problem with the eyelid that causes inward rolling. Lashes on the edge of the eyelid irritate the surface of the eyeball and may lead to more serious problems.

  • Cataracts cause a loss of the normal transparency of the lens of the eye. The problem can occur in one or both eyes and can lead to blindness.

  • Congenital elbow luxation - is a dislocation of the elbow joint.

    Life Span

    The Pomeranian can live up to 12 to 15 years.


    We realize that each dog is unique and may display other characteristics. This profile provides generally accepted breed information only.








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