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Pet Grooming for Senior Dogs: Special Considerations and Tips

Although you may prefer to groom your canine companions at home, having them professionally groomed can save you energy, time and stress. After all, it takes significant patience to groom a dog.


What Does Dog Grooming Include?

Dog grooming is the process of cleaning and maintaining the appearance of a dog's skin and coat. It can include bathing, brushing, or trimming the fur, cleaning the ears and cutting the nails. 


Grooming Senior Dogs

It is essential to keep senior dogs well-groomed for several reasons. As dogs age, their coat and skin can become more sensitive and prone to irritation, infection and other problems. Grooming can help prevent these issues by keeping their coat and skin clean and healthy, as well as feeling comfortable. This is also an opportunity to check for any changes in the pets’ skin or coat that may indicate a health problem.

For example, if your dog has a rash or bump, it may be detected during the grooming process, allowing you to take the necessary steps to address the issue. Overall, grooming is integral to caring for senior dogs and can help keep them healthy and comfortable as they age.


Special Consideration and Tips

When grooming a senior dog, it is essential to consider their age and any health issues. Here are a few special considerations and tips for grooming senior dog at home:


  • Use a Gentle Touch

Older dogs typically have more sensitive skin, so it is best to use a gentle touch and avoid pulling on the fur or skin. After all, you do not want to cause your four-legged companion any pain or discomfort.


  • Take It Slow

Senior dogs may have mobility or health issues that make grooming more difficult. Taking breaks and allowing the dog to rest as needed is best.


  • Be Mindful of Your Dog's Hearing

Senior dogs may have hearing loss, so it’s best to approach them gently and let them know you are there before making physical contact.


  • Use Appropriate Grooming Tools

Choose tools that are appropriate for the dog's age and coat type. Avoid using those that may be too harsh or uncomfortable for your furry friend.


  • Check for Health Issues

It is best to check for any changes in your dog's skin or coat that may indicate a health problem. A veterinarian should evaluate any unusual bumps, rashes or other physical changes noted.


  • Use Professional Grooming Services

If your dog is too old or has health issues that make grooming difficult at home, consider professional grooming services. A professional groomer will handle the grooming process safely and comfortably for your pooch.



Grooming is essential for the overall health and well-being of any dog, especially as they age. Grooming helps keep their coat clean, free of tangles and mats, and prevents skin irritation and infections. It can also help reduce shedding, which is beneficial for both the dog and their owner.

For more on pet grooming, visit Vista Hills Animal Hospital at our El Paso, Texas, office. Call (915) 592-5867 to schedule an appointment today.

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