Caring for Your Aging Poodle

Caring for Your Aging Poodle Is your red standard poodle not as young and energetic as he used to be? It can be hard to watch our beloved dogs grow older as their habits change.

It’s important to remember that as your poodle ages, their needs will start to adapt and change.

There are several things you can do in order to best care for your aging red poodle.

As your red poodle ages, they will probably start to slow down. You might notice that they are not quite as active as they used to be and that’s expected. These changes could indicate that your poodle might need to take shorter walks or walk less frequently. Be patient with your poodle, they might be slowing down due to joint pain. Don’t cut out regular exercise all together which could result in long-term issues. Instead, exercise your poodle regularly but pay attention to what their limits might be as they change.

If you notice that you must use your outdoor voice in order to call your poodle before they hear you, it’s likely that their hearing is starting to go which is common in aging dogs. Many dogs, specifically poodles, often struggle with their eyesight too. When these changes happen any changes other to your poodle’s routine, such as feeding time or where their water bowl us located, can cause your poodle to become distraught. Try to stick to as much as you can to the schedule that they are familiar with to keep them comfortable.

Your poodles coat also might start to look a bit different. Just as humans do, poodles also develop gray hair. Aging poodle skin is also extremely sensitive and prone to sores and rashes; make sure to take very good care of your poodle by bathing him regularly with gentle soap.

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When Should You Introduce Puppies to Grooming?

Grooming your dog is something that you should get into the habit of doing about once every four to eight weeks. Whether you decide to groom the dog yourself or send the dog to a professional groomer, all dogs need the tender, love and care that accompanies the grooming process. So you should make every effort to provide it for them on a regular schedule.

All dogs are slightly different, depending on the breed, but in general, you should begin having your puppy groomed when they are around 10 to 12 weeks old. They should be up to date on all of their vaccinations before you start grooming them, especially if you are sending them to a groomer, and they should also be trained so that they know how to behave when they are being groomed.

You should start by training your puppy to respond to simple commands like sit and stay. These commands will come in handy when the dog is being groomed. You should also spend time holding your puppy close so that it feels comfortable with this kind of contact. You or your groomer will need to hold the dog often when grooming is taking place, so making it feel comfortable is key. You should be able to restrain the dog without it losing its cool and freaking out on the grooming table.

Once all of this is done, you should introduce your puppy to different kinds of grooming equipment. From brushes and combs to hair clippers and nail clippers, your dog should be familiar with all of the various tools that are used while grooming. This will make the puppy feel at ease when the grooming actually starts.

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How to Keep Your Dog’s Teeth Clean

Does your dog have bad breath? If you’re like most people, you probably laugh it off. Bad breath, though, could be the sign of something bad going on inside your dog’s mouth. Have you checked your dog’s teeth and gums lately? If so, did you notice any bleeding? Dogs can and do get periodontal disease. They also get plaque buildup!

It’s a good idea to brush your dog’s teeth to help keep them clean. Just like humans, dogs have a tendency to get plaque build-up as well as tartar build-up over time. Gums get irritated and bacteria grows where you (and your dog) don’t want it to. In the words of Scooby Doo, “Ruh roe!”

Unabated, bacteria in/on your pet’s teeth may end up getting into his or her bloodstream, messing up the kidneys and liver.

So how can you do your best to keep your dog’s teeth clean? If they’re not used to having their teeth brushed, use a soft gauze pad, initially, to rub on their teeth so they get used to the process. Then, later on, graduate to a pet toothbrush. Only use toothpaste designed for dogs– don’t use toothpaste for humans. Concentrate on your dog’s gum line, spending about 30 seconds on each side of the mouth a couple times a week.

If and when you’re having trouble doing dental care for your dog on your own, ask your vet for help. He or she may end up using medication or anesthesia in order to deal with your dog’s teeth in a proper way. And if a tooth extraction is needed, better that your vet does it than you!

Finally, if you’ve been giving your dog wet food, try switching to dry food. Interestingly, there are products designed to promote dog dental health, keeping their teeth and gums healthy. Ask your vet for recommendations and/or read the labels at the pet food store. You can also look for the Seal of Acceptance from the Veterinary Oral Health Council which indicates that the food meets high standards for plaque and tartar control.

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