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7 Great Tips to Care for Your Senior Dog

by Celebrity Dog Groomer Jorge Bendersky

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Jorge and Tito the Pom

1. Stop Slips!

Remove extra hair between the pads of the feet, with round end scissors or small clippers, to ensure more tracking and less slipping!

2. Fresh & Flexible!

Keep the bottom of the paws moisturized to give them maximum flexibility and traction, you can massage it in with a paw therapy cream (by Jorge Bendersky at M Boutique) to keep the paw surface fresh and flexible.

3. TLC! Brush time is massage time!

Brushing not only removes the dead hair and makes them look and feel beautiful but it also reactivates the circulation of the hips.
Plus, regular brushing helps to loosen up the muscles before the dog park. Try a curry rubber brush.

4. Walk don’t run!

If you are going to take your senior dog to an off-leash park, try walking them on leash for a while to warm up their muscles. Stretching and pacing your dog will help ease them them into the pack to put less stress on their aging joints.

Senior Dog5. Short and sweet!

Running or walking on pavement with long nails is the equivalent of running with rocks in your shoes. It is uncomfortable for your dog and keeping your dog’s nails short can help prevent back injuries.

6. Keep them close!

Avoid retractable leashes, they create a false sense of freedom. Finding the end of the leash while they are mid-leap can lead to discomfort and injury.

7. Bladder control!

Be aware that your dog’s bathroom visits may need to be more frequent. Increase the bathroom breaks when going shopping with your dog, you wouldn’t want to miss a sale!

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Jorge BenderskyJorge Bendersky was born in Argentina. After moving to New York City, he began grooming dogs and achieved Certified Master Groomer status. Jorge is a pet stylist, best-selling author, pet product spokesperson, philanthropist and groomer to the (pet) stars. Jorge is talking his way into millions of homes across America with his appearances on national TV, including Kelly & Michael, The Meredith Vieira Show, Rachael Ray and several of his own reality shows.

 

Today, Celebrity Dog Groomer & Best Selling Author Jorge Bendersky travels around the world discovering the hottest trends for dogs. He is best known for starring in Animal Planet’s TV Show “Groomer Has It” and for his book “DIY Dog Grooming: From Puppy Cuts to Best in Show, Everything you Need to Know“. He lives in Chelsea, NYC with his dog Tito the Pom!

Great Dog Shampoos

All dogs need a good bath and shampoo every once in a while, but all dog shampoos are not created equal. We’ve hand selected the top dog shampoos for your best friend, including some that address specific needs such as hypo-allergenic dog shampoos and shampoos safe for puppies.

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Sunscreen for Dogs – They Need Protection Too!

sunscreen for dogsSunscreen for dogs…this might sound a bit crazy, but just like us, dogs can get sunburned and suffer from pain, peeling and skin cancer. Severe burns may also cause skin infections. So it’s possible your dog might need some sunscreen, especially if you’re going to the beach where there is a lot of sun due to sand and water reflection.

If you have a dog with a thin coat (or shaved) and pink skin, you might need to consider putting dog sunscreen on your dog (after you lather up yourself). Some breeds are more susceptible to burns, such as, Boxers, Frenchies, Bulldogs and Bull Terriers. If you have a really furry dog like a Bearded Collie or a Chow, their hair is likely going to give them enough coverage.

Make sure you use a sunscreen made for dogs. Do not use human sunscreen on them, especially if it has zinc oxide, which is toxic for dogs.

Here are 3 great Dog Sun Protection options:

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When applying sunscreen on your pooch, you’ll want to put it on those areas that are prone to sunburn, e.g. nose, ears, eyelids, abdomen, groin and inside the legs. Just like with us humans, remember to reapply, especially if your dog is going in and out of the water.

Top 10 Products to Stop Your Dog from Shedding

No one enjoys fur all over their clothes and home. So for those heavy shedders, we curated a group of products to help stop your dog from shedding.

 

FURminator de Shedding Tool for Dogs - Long Hair FURminator deShedding Tool for Dogs
The #1 selling FURminator deShedding Tool for Dogs comes in 2 styles – one for long hair dogs and the other for short hair dogs and also comes in a variety of sizes (XS – XL). The stainless steel deShedding edge reaches deep beneath your dog’s topcoat to gently remove loose hair. It has an ejector button which easily removes loose hair from the tool. It claims to reduce shedding by up to 90%.
De Shed Me Miracle Deshedding Shampoo Pet Head De Shed Me!! Miracle Deshedding Shampoo
This super amazing formula drastically reduces shedding by laying down the hair neatly and removing excess hair, leaving the coat smooth and silky! Comes in a strawberry lemonade scent. Bathe your pet twice a week for maximum results!! Use DeShed Me!! Miracle Rinse immediately after shampooing.
Pet Head Deshedding Pet Head De Shed Me!! Miracle Deshedding Rinse
The Pet Head De Shed Me!! Miracle Deshedding Rinse with organic coconut oil helps remove excess hair and leaves the coat so amazingly soft and silky it’s crazy!! Whether short, coarse or long hair, your pet stays irresistibly petable for days! All Pet Head formulas are pH adjusted and free of DEA, propylene glycol, sulfate, petroleum derivatives and parabens.
Safari Shedding Blade Safari Stainless Steel Shedding Blade for Dogs
Safari Shedding blades are designed to remove loose hair and leave your pet with a clean, healthy coat. The Safari dual Shedding blade can be used with the handles together or separated. With handles together, stroke the dog from head to tail, covering small areas at a time. With handles separated , stroke dog from head to tail, covering large areas at a time.
Isle of Dog Isle of Dogs – Shampoo for Shedding Coats
Isle of Dosg No. 20 Royal Jelly Shampoo is a great professional solution in the fight against shedding. Formulated with Royal Jelly, a protein-rich botanical which stimulates new hair growth, repairs damage, and reduces shedding. It is also great for building extra volume. No. 20 features the Isle of Dogs signature fragrance, Apple Blossom Honey.
Dog Conditioner for Dry, Damaged and Shedding Hair Isle of Dogs – Dog Conditioner for Dry, Damaged and Shedding Hair
This rejuvenating, protein-based conditioner leaves a fluffier, more plush-feeling coat. Evening Primrose and Jojoba oils combine with Keratin Amino Acids to help strengthen dry hair and lessen shedding. The results are a richer, fuller coat that is hydrated and fresh. Comes in an ocean fresh violet + sea mist fragrance.
FURminator Dog Rake
The FURminator Dog Rake is an all-purpose tool that separates and untangles fur. A perfect tool for those heavy shedding dogs. The rounded pins fully rotate to eliminate skin irriation and minimize tugging. It can remove mats from undercoat and breeches.
HappyDogz Magic Pro Deshedding Brush
The HappyDogz Magic Pro Deshedding Brush easily removes your dog’s dead undercoat. It works for both double and single coats and comes in 2 sizes. It will quickly and easily remove your dog’s loose hair and reduce shedding. It’s also gentle on your dog and will not damage their skin.
Furry Fido DeShedding Tool
The Furry Fido DeShedding Tool has an effective stainless steel edge with uniformly distributed teeth, which quickly and easily removes loose undercoat hair. The ergonomic non-slip wooden handle is durable and light. It is made of eco-friendly, non-toxic material (basswood).
FURminator deShedding Ultra Premium Shampoo
The FURminator deShedding Ultra Premium Shampoo works to reduce dog shedding and promotes healthy skin and coats in dogs. It is enriched with Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids, calendula extract, and papaya leaf extract. It contains no parabens, artificial colors or chemical dyes. Use monthly as part of your dogs grooming regiment.