Dogs are the most adorable companions. They fill a void and provide unconditional love and friendship. They are sweet and cuddly when they are young and just beginning to grow and maintain that demeanor until full growth.
It is important to remember all that when they get older and require special attention and care.
When it comes to grooming your older dog, certain considerations need to be taken.
When they're young, you don't have to worry too much how you groom your pet. An older dog, however, needs more careful and definitive treatment because of the older dog’s special needs.
When your dog gets older, certain changes occur.
Foremost among the many changes is how the skin has developed.
Older dogs tend to have thinner, more delicate skin.
Because of this, you cannot just use any brush or comb to groom them. Their skin is susceptible to breaking and chipping. Not to mention, flaking and getting dry. Hence, being careful is crucial.
When grooming your older dog you may also notice lumps or bumps.
First thing to do when you do find a bump or a lump on your dog, have it checked by your veterinarian. Even if they are harmless, though, be careful so you don't nick them when grooming.
|Elbow callus. Photo Natra-Pet|
That is why sometimes you see older dogs that possess something resembling tennis balls on their elbows. The best prevention is to provide your dog with a comfortable bedding.
When trimming their fur, allow some fur to cover the joints. This will, at the same time, act as natural protection.
When you are shampooing them, lather them up very slowly and carefully so that no tearing or pulling will happen. Remember that an old dog’s skin is more sensitive so you have to avoid deep massaging. If your dog has an aversion to water, there are several waterless shampoos for dogs in the market that can be your workaround.
|Elbow hygroma. Photo Dog Leggs|
|Papilloma. Photo Organic Pet Digest|
Trimming the nails of older dogs is a pain in the back. Some dogs even resent the idea the moment you handle their paws. To complicate things further, the nails that grow are thicker and more brittle.
You might also need to trim the nails more often. Older dogs walk differently and their nails don't wear down as easily as they used to.
Trouble will arise if you do not trim your pet’s nails because it will be harder for them to walk around.
Talk to your dog and give them a belly rub if you have to so that they will stay calm and comfortable. It will make the chore easier and faster to do. Place them in a soft padded surface as you trim their nails, this will allow your senior dog to relax and lay as you trim its nails. Older dogs have a harder time to stand for long periods, so why not give them a break and at the same time provide them with grooming that is perfect for them.
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