As our pets grow older, their grooming needs may change as well. Arthritis or other pain could make brushing or handling them uncomfortable, or they may not be able to stand for the amount of time a full grooming takes. And, if they’ve lost their sight or hearing, the bathing or grooming experience could become frightening.
Senior pets often require more patience, consideration, and gentle handling in general, and especially while being groomed. Talk with your groomer about your older dog to see if you can bring them in at a quieter time of day, or allow more time for breaks or special treatment.
Consider a shorter style
With long-haired senior dogs, this might be a good time to change their style. By keeping them trimmed shorter, grooming will require less brushing, and it’s easier to keep mats from forming. This might mean you’ll need to groom them more often to keep them cut short, which is a good thing! By keeping their skin and coat healthy, each grooming experience can be less time-consuming and easier on your old friend.
Keep their nails trimmed
Younger, more active dogs tend to wear their nails down through walks and playtime, but as your older dog is slowing down and is less active, their nails will need more frequent attention. Keeping nails trimmed to the appropriate length can help them gain traction on smooth surfaces, and improve their posture to avoid unnecessary pain when standing or walking.
Cats need grooming too
Cats might not be able to keep themselves as clean as when they were younger, and require more frequent brushing or even help with bathing. A “lion cut” for long-hair breeds can help avoid mats and keep them comfortable.
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