• Aude Daigneault

Let's talk about senior dogs !!

The average life expectancy of a dog is around 10 to 15 years. Unfortunately, aging can be followed by several health problems for your dear pet. Pain, urinary problems, lack of energy ... it is important to understand the implications of age in order to take better care of your elderly dog.

At what age does my dog get "old" ?

We can estimate that the dog enters the 3rd age when it exceeds 2/3 of its life expectancy. For example, a large breed dog will be considered old at around 7 years old while a small breed dog will enter the "golden age club" from 10 years old.

Typically, small breeds live longer than large breeds.

Of course, several factors will influence the evolution of his state of health:

  • food,

  • congenital diseases,

  • his level of physical activity.

What are the symptoms of old age ?

There are many warning signs!

Here are the main ones:

  • He is less and less active

  • He suffers from stiff joints, especially when standing up or after a long walk

  • His hair becomes thick and his skin loses its elasticity

  • His hearing deteriorates

  • He urinates more and may even have incontinence

  • His vision deteriorates and a whitish veil begins to form over his eyes, announcing a cataract.

  • We see the appearance of warts, tumors.

Senior dogs at the grooming salon

Older dogs are also present in the grooming salon and we must pay them special attention.

In senior dogs, it is common to see many problems with oily or dry skin, sparse or poor coat hair, dandruff or gall problems. There are also bumps, warts or various growths on the body.

Besides its problems, there are also the pains. Pain in the joints, bones, muscles, ... And of course, hearing and sight which decline or have now disappeared with age!!! It is essential for parents of senior animals to communicate all known health problems to your groomer, so that he can help him during his grooming.

A good groomer will make the senior dog feel good AND be comfortable throughout their grooming:

  • By taking breaks.

  • By letting the dog sit and even lie down.

  • By going at HIS pace without asking him to be in positions that the older dog is no longer able to do, for example: certain movements of the hips, bends and extensions.

  • Pay attention to all his warts, bumps, growths ...

  • Will use soft, natural products to help their skin and coat.

  • Can advise you on the frequency of grooming and care to bring to your elderly dog.

Keep in mind that if the older animal can no longer endure certain movements, has a lot of warts or bumps, it will not come out of the grooming salon with THE cut like it did in its younger days. The well-being of the animal is certainly more essential than the beauty of its cut.

Pay attention to your old dogs, they have been by your side for all these years, take care of them!


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