•   An all over short trim.  This will help prevent mats and tangles  and help the air to circulate better, thus
helping his skin, particularly if he has any sores
  •   A hygiene clip. This will keep his bottom and genital areas cleaner
  •   Nail Clipping. As his nails become more brittle, they will be harder to clip. If left, they can affect his
walking and his pads. Done more regularly, it is quicker, so less stressful and less painful on arthritic joints
  •  There are rubber mats on the floors so he will not slip
  •  There is a ramp leading into the bath, so as to avoid jumping or picking him up
  •  The bath also has a non-slip mat
  •  There are sturdy steps up to the grooming table
  •  The salon is well ventilated to ensure he doesn’t overheat and get stressed
  •  As his skin may be thinner and sag a little, We take extra care to smooth out the skin so as not to nick him, taking my time while reassuring
  •  He will not be expected to stand for long periods – We will groom as much as possible in whatever position he finds most comfortable
  •  We will go through his medical history with you to see if any other special precautions need to be considered
  •  We can show you how to care for his coat between groomings and demonstrate the tools you will need
  •   An increase in thirst and/or urination if exercise has not increased
  •   Sudden weight loss
  •   Serious loss of appetite or increase of appetite without gaining weight
  •   Diarrhoea and/or vomiting if it lasts longer than a day
  •   Coughing and constant panting
  •   Difficulty standing up/laying down/jumping up/moving around
  •   Tiring more quickly and being reluctant to continue a walk
  •   Bumping into things/not seeing something easily/appearing not to hear you
  •   Behavioural changes such as separation anxiety, sensitivity to noise, barking or whining, aggression, confusion or disorientation, walking
in circles, and toilet accidents

Some of the above can be signs of serious illness, such as diabetes or heart problems. Some may just be a sign of ageing. By going to your
vet, you can find the reason and address it, making your dog more comfortable in his old age.
How We Make Grooming Comfortable For Him

At the salon, we recognise the need for a more gentle, slow approach to grooming and have modern equipment to assist your elderly dog:
Some Signs To Look Out For

If you notice any of the following signs, you should take your dog to the vet for a check-up:
How Can You Keep Your Senior Dog Healthy?

This actually applies to dogs of any age and if done throughout his life, may help minimise problems when he gets older.
  •   Give him a good senior diet which will contain nutrients to help his bones, eyesight, etc.
  •   Make sure he gets regular exercise. If he can’t walk for long, then do several short walks a day
  •   Keep his weight down. An overweight dog has too much pressure put on arthritic joints and his heart
  •   Take him to the vet for regular check-ups
  •   Keep his teeth and ears clean to keep infection away. Tooth decay may also cause problems to the heart, kidneys and liver
  •   Keep your dog and his bedding clean and regularly worm and flea him
  •   Consult the vet straight away if he is ill as an older dog will not bounce back as quickly as a young dog would
Caring For Senior Dogs

As your dog ages, he will exhibit many of the signs that humans have later in life. The skin will become thinner and looser; he may develop heart, liver or kidney problems; his eyesight and
hearing will be less, and he may get arthritis so not be so agile. It is very important to keep an older dog groomed as this can make the aging process more comfortable for him.

Over time, it may become increasingly difficult for him to groom himself. There are several things that we can do to help him stay clean between groomings:
Senior Dogs