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August 31, 2017

Grooming your Senior Cat or Dog

It is very important that you schedule and appointment for an older pet in advance and be sure that you have been given specific instructions for pick up.

CHANGES IN THE SKIN AND COAT

A big number of changes overtake our pet when they begin to enter into the senior years. We begin to notice the lack and luster missing as our pet no longer has any interest in grooming themselves, so we also begin to notice lots of flakes, dander, and oily skin. A hormonal imbalance may make the skin thin and fragile. It may tear easily, or be slow to heal. You may see color changes, often light skin becoming dark and thickened in appearance. You may see small bumps that look like blackheads. Any change in the appearance, color or odor of the skin should be investigated by your veterinarian for underlying medical reasons.

LUMPS AND BUMPS

As your pet ages you may notice that you begin to see or feel lumps or bumps both on and underneath the surface of the skin, sometimes these are located in sensitive areas, or may bleed from grooming or other activity. Some of these lumps and bumps are harmless and then some may be more serious, including tumors. Make sure that you, the groomer, and your vet keep track of these as they may change in color and sizes.

NAILS

In some rare cases we have seen nails so badly grown out that the dog’s foot is permanently disabled from months or years of trying to walk on them.
Most pets dislike nail trims. The bad news is that as your pet ages, it becomes even more important to trim them and even more difficult to do so. Nails often become thick and brittle with age. Pets may resent having their paws handled, further delaying the chore. Nails and nail beds may become overgrown. They can grow into the pads and be quite painful, and make walking a chore. Make it a habit to trim a small amount of nail on your dog or cat every two weeks to prevent overgrowth and make walking easier.

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