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Is your canine pal starting to slow down? Fido will still be super cute as he ages, and he’ll never outgrow his love of belly rubs and cuddle sessions. However, you’ll need to take a few extra precautions when it comes to grooming your four-legged friend. Older dogs are very fragile, so it’s easy to accidentally hurt them, especially when you are lifting, carrying, or manipulating them. A Norwalk, CA vet offers some tips on grooming an older pooch in this article.
Doggy bathtime will be easier for both you and Fido if you brush your canine buddy regularly. Be super gentle! Dogs in their golden years have very delicate skin, which can rip easily. Use soft brushes. You’ll also need to be careful if your pup gets any mats or tangles.
Slips and falls can be quite dangerous for older dogs, just as they are for older people. Before bringing Fido into the tub, put a non slip mat down for him.
Your pooch will need time to dry off. This won’t be much of an issue on a hot summer day, but it’s something to keep in mind in cooler weather. You don’t want your furry friend getting chilly! Schedule doggy bathtime so Fido has plenty of time to dry off. This is especially important if he has long fur, as he’ll take longer to dry. In winter, you can blow dry your pup, assuming he doesn’t mind. Just use a low/cool setting.
Did you know that up to 80 percent of dogs over the age of three have gum disease? Fido can also be afflicted by other painful dental issues. Keep up with your four-legged pal’s dental care!
Don’t forget about those furry feet! Older dogs tend to have very thick, brittle nails, which can easily catch and tear on things. They also may get quite long, as Fido won’t grind them down running around like he used to. This can be uncomfortable for dogs, and can actually cause them to shift their gaits.
Take care not to get soap in your canine friend’s eyes, ears, nose, or mouth. Use a washcloth on Fido’s furry face, and try a pitcher for rinsing.
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