Grooming Your Senior Dog

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By By Kathy Salzberg | Posted: May 12, 2012, 9 a.m. EDT

A visit to the groomer can be at most risky and at least stressful for geriatric . It is not uncommon for senior dogs to have that make grooming more of a challenge. Arthritis, back and hip problems might make it difficult for them to stand.  They may have tracheal problems or heart issues.  Let’s face it; whether you’re talking about citizens or senior pets, there comes a time when safety and practicality take precedence over fancy hairdos.

In our salon, we try to get them in and out as soon as possible. While most of our canine customers have been coming to us since puppyhood, in some cases where their grooming appointment is obviously overdue, we may ask the owner sign a release form acknowledging their ’s condition and the risk involved. In cases where the coat is badly matted, we would opt for a short haircut rather than subjecting the dog to a lengthy dematting process.  The older dog’s comfort and safety are our top priorities.

That said, there are some things you and your groomer can do to lessen the stress when your sweet old senior goes for her day of beauty.

Look for experience. Look for a groomer who has experience with elderly who may have trouble standing, have skin growths, problems with incontinence or just get cranky about being handled.  It’s difficult work that takes lots of patience and skill. 

Safety First. Make sure your groomer knows about your dog’s medical issues and how they are being treated by your vet.

Health considerations. If your has tracheal problems, ask the groomer to use a harness rather than a grooming noose on her, whether on the grooming table or in the tub.  This problem is common with toy breeds like Poodles and Pomeranians. Make sure the groomer will handle your pet with the utmost care and patience, washing her with a low-pressure spray in the tub and not using a high-velocity forced-air dryer that could spur a panic attack.  like this should be toweled, then gently fluff-dried.

In and out. Schedule her appointment first thing in the morning and be available to come and pick her up as soon as the job is complete.  Old dogs, puppies and pets with health issues should not be kept in the salon all day long.  You might also consider using a mobile groomer.  Having a salon on wheels pull into your driveway and groom your right at home might lessen the stress factor for both of

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