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In seniors with painful joints, discuss with your veterinarian what you can do to maintain good quality of life. There are many options out there for seniors -- from acupuncture to NSAIDS1


and more! Many


seniors do very well at grooming shops when they are given pain control medication at home. Speak with your veterinarian about dosage prior to a grooming appointment. Certainly, you would not want to give your dog the same dose of medication he gets while at home sleeping the day away! They will often times do well on a higher dose better suited to the demands of standing for bathing, drying and clipping.


Also, most seniors have more energy in the morning, so discuss this with your groomer. Are they able to do the bulk of the work in the morning? Do they have lifts or ramps for your senior’s comfort? What do they do if the pet tires? Are they able to keep your pet for longer periods so there can be more break-time? Do they have adequate bedding to ensure that they are laying on a soft surface? These are all questions that you should ask your groomer ahead of time, both for your dog’s benefit and so the groomer can be prepared when your senior arrives at the grooming shop.


So remember, keep it safe, short and simple and your senior will enjoy grooming in the “golden oldie” years as much as they did when they were younger!


1Non-steroidal anti-inflammatories


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