Dogs are man’s best friend and deserve terrific treatment. Older dogs have been reliable best friends for years. They have enriched the lives of their owners and should get treated like family.
USA Today qualifies older dogs as at least age 6 or 7. They also say that there are around 10,000 older dogs in the US that need adoption at any given time. That number can grow after a national disaster or economic downturn.
Grooming your older dog is a great way to show that you care. Grooming improves health and appearance for the benefit of you and the dog. Older dogs are more difficult to groom, but they need it more than the young pups.
Read on to learn more about dog grooming tips for beloved older dogs.
Grooming dogs, especially older canines, isn’t about looking great. It’s not about making your dog smell like daisies. It’s about keeping the dog healthy.
Consistency is key when it comes to grooming your senior dog. Do some basic grooming each day, week and month depending on the area. The more often you groom your dog, the more used to it they will be.
A lot of people need help when it comes to keeping their older dog groomed. They bring their canine to a groomer, vet or dog parlor.
Don’t take your elderly dog to the cheapest groomer in the area. Chances are they won’t have the best-trained employees and your best bud won’t enjoy the trip.
Here are some more specialized areas of pet grooming to consider:
Bathing is a good one to start with since it is pretty obvious. Dogs don’t always smell like roses. Anyone who has owned a dog knows that they stink if you don’t bathe them often and clean them up when they get dirty.
The ASPCA recommends that dogs get a bath at least once every three months. Do this more often as long as the process isn’t strenuous for the dog.
Older dogs are tougher to get into an old-fashioned bathtub for cleaning. Walk-in showers or hosing off outdoors is usually the best way to go to avoid joint distress.
Don’t forget to clean behind the ears!
Depending on the breed of your dog, fur can also get quite matted. Matted fur can be painful, itchy and restricting. It can also become an area that gets infected.
Dog hair also needs washing, conditioning and blow-drying like any other hair. Dogs get split ends like us!
Older dogs might not have the same shiny coat that they used to have when they were younger. This doesn’t mean you can’t maximize the health of their fur.
Over the years your dog has scratched up your furniture, floors or even you on occasion. It wasn’t on purpose of course and you still love them anyway.
Whether they scratch or not, nails need trimming on a regular basis. Dogs might end up licking or chewing on their nails and paws if it isn’t done. For older dogs, this means an increased risk of infection and complication.
It could also help them maintain a proper grip. When they are walking, their nails help to avoid slipping. Nails also make it less difficult to get up or lay down on certain surfaces.
It’s not as simple as using a pair of nail clippers though. Like many animals, part of dog nails have nerve endings. You need to be cautious not to clip or file them too low.
Even dogs that don’t spend much time outdoors can get ticks and fleas. It only takes one quick bathroom break on the lawn to pick up these dangerous parasites.
Tick and flea prevention and treatment is crucial for older dogs during grooming. Older dogs may have lower immune systems.
Ticks can cause Lyme disease which can make dogs ill. Fleas can cause excessive scratching along with hair loss and irritated skin. Treatments like tick and flea shampoo will help to clear up the problem. Medication to treat or prevent these pests is also a regular course of action.
Keep these mature dog grooming tips in mind next time your pal needs a tune-up. Your kind canine deserves to look and feel their best.
If you’re going to work with grooming professionals, work with the best. Don’t try to use discount dog grooming services that will end up neglecting your pooch. Go with the best in the industry since 1978.
Contact us today to set up your grooming appointment or veterinary visit for your dog. Our experienced vets perform all kinds of animal care and surgery as well.