As your dog begins to reach its older years, some changes may be necessary to ensure that they remain happy and healthy for many years to come. With the right care, your senior pooch will be able to enjoy their golden years to the fullest! That why in this article we’re going to cover everything you need to know about caring for senior dogs.
Senior pups naturally have lower energy and a risk of running into joint problems or other health conditions. You may need to change their grooming routine, diet, and activity levels. Let’s first take a look at grooming and how to properly care for your old dog’s skin and coat.
Grooming Older Dogs
A common issue that senior dogs run into is problems with their coat and skin. This could be matting or various skin conditions.
The reason that these problems tend to arise with old age is usually due to your pooch self-grooming at a reduced rate, or not at all. This usually happens due to stiff and painful joints that make it hard for your pupper to groom themselves comfortably.
The lack of grooming can quickly lead to knots and tangles in the fur. Trapped oils, dander, and dead skin can also cause irritation and inflammation. Luckily, these problems are easily solved with regular grooming.
You should expect to have to give your pup’s coat and skin a little more love in their older years. Brush their coat out regularly and the occasional bath doesn’t hurt either! Remember, our groomers are the experts, especially when it comes to caring for senior dogs. If you ever need any help, give us a shout!
Exercising a Senior Dog
A senior dog also usually experiences a decline in energy. They won’t be as physically energetic as they once were. If joint problems and other age-related conditions are present, this can further lower their overall energy reserves.
Because of this, it’s important that we adjust their daily exercise routine to better match their current energy levels. Strenuous exercise should be avoided, along with significantly long walks. Instead, you could take your pooch for a few short and relaxing walks each day.
However, part of caring for senior dogs is not letting them get bored! While they may be less physically active, they still need plenty of mental stimulation. Use puzzle toys or enrichment games to keep your doggo having fun!
Senior Dog Diet
Due to your old pup having lower energy levels, they may need a change in diet. A diet that is balanced to cater to an energetic adult dog is likely no longer appropriate for your older pup.
This is why many older dogs start to pack on the pounds – which can put a lot more strain on their joints. To avoid this, you should transition your pooch onto food that is specifically balanced for senior dogs.
These foods also usually come with nutrients that can help promote the health of your pup’s joints, which can be a great help during this period of their life.
Caring for Senior Dogs: How We Can Help!
By following the above tips, your elderly pup should have everything they need to live out the rest of their years peacefully. Remember, if you’re unsure about anything at all, work with your vet. They can give you recommendations specific to your pup on their diet and exercise needs.
Additionally, our grooming service is perfect for senior pups. Because we provide in-home grooming, we can come directly to your door. Your pooch won’t have to travel anywhere or experience the stressors of a pet salon. You’ll also be able to speak with your groomer directly, telling us exactly what your pup needs.
If you want your elderly pup to get a real taste of luxury, be sure to make an appointment with us as soon as possible!
We look forward to meeting you and your lovely doggo!