Grooming is an extremely important part of your pet’s life. As they grow older, you may wonder whether the same grooming standards apply. While your aging pet may look different than their younger self, there are several health benefits to maintaining a regular grooming routine.
Keeping It Clean
Your pet’s appearance may change significantly over time. Although they may not retain their youthful glow, your older pet still deserves to feel healthy and beautiful. A regular grooming schedule can ensure a much more graceful aging process.
With age comes important grooming precautions. Over time, your pet’s skin can become dry and flaky or excessively oily. Thankfully, you can help their skin by brushing them daily. Brushing distributes necessary oils evenly across their fur, to ensure a consistently healthy coat.
A Little Help Here!
Pets, particularly cats, try their best to keep themselves clean without human aid. However, as a pet ages, it becomes harder for them to reach the more difficult spots. Older pets may experience ailments such as joint pains and arthritis that limit their flexibility.
Many older pets experience unkempt sanitary areas. Located around the groin, this area can be very difficult for older pets to clean themselves. Your groomer may suggest a short trim around the sanitary area to avoid urine or feces getting trapped. Older dogs will also need their sanitary glands expressed regularly by a professional groomer, which is done during a bath.
Getting A Closer Look
Professional grooming requires a close eye, which can be helpful for older pets. Your groomer will be able to spot changes such as skin discoloration or growths that may otherwise be difficult to find. While grooming can never replace regular vet visits, a regular groom can help to identify potential health problems.
A Sense of Security
In addition to physical benefits, grooming can have major mental health benefits for your older pet. Maintaining a regular grooming schedule can provide comfort to your dog or cat. They often form strong bonds with their groomers, giving them a sense of love and security even outside of the home. Older pets leave the grooming salon refreshed and pampered: a vision of their younger selves!
Located in Fountain Valley, California, Claws N Paws Day Spa offers professional grooming services to cats and dogs of all ages. We are currently open, with certain precautions in place to protect our clients and staff from COVID-19. For more information, visit our blog about reopening. To schedule an appointment, call us at 714-962-1005.