It might sound easy to do, but dogs get distracted easily, and they are reluctant to sit still when you pull out your nail clippers. Instead, sedating your pup before you start the nail trimming process will calm down your dog and make trimming your dog’s nails more enjoyable for them and easier for you.
Can a vet sedate a dog to cut nails?
True sedatives are only available as a prescription drug, so you must go to your vet for this option. There are several drugs that can induce sleep or put your dog in an extreme state of calm.
Can I give my dog Benadryl so I can cut her nails?
Dogs commonly take Benadryl (diphenhydramine HCL)as an infrequent anti-anxiety treatment. It’s not meant for heavy daily use, but will greatly help ease your dog’s nerves when it’s time to trim their nails. The Merck Veterinary Manual advises that dogs take 2-4 milligrams of Benadryl per kilogram of their weight.
Can you lightly sedate a dog for grooming?
No groomer should administer sedatives to your dog unless a vet prescribed the drug for that particular animal.
What can I use to sedate my dog to cut her nails?
Over the counter sedatives
- Benadryl: This mild antihistamine sedative helps keep your pet calm when it is nervous about clipping its nails.
- Valium: Valium or Diazepam is given to pets to relax and calm them.
- Melatonin supplements: Help regulate body rhythm and help calm down your dog.
What do vets use to sedate dogs?
Gabapentin is a medication that can be used for several purposes, including seizure control, anxiety relief, sedation, and pain management. It’s a common dog sedative for grooming, travel, vet visits, and other short-term events. Gabapentin is generally considered safe in healthy pets, with minimal side effects.
Why does my dog hate getting his nails cut?
Pain is the main reason that dogs hate nail trims. If your dog has ever been cut too close, even once, he will remember it. Nature provides pain as a protection and if something hurts, an animal must learn to avoid, and even fight it. This is a survival instinct.
How much benadryl do I give a dog for sedation?
Therefore, a simple and practical dose is 1 mg of Benadryl per pound of your dog’s weight, given 2-3 times a day. For example, a 10-pound dog might receive a 10 mg dose in the morning, afternoon, and evening. Most diphenhydramine (Benadryl) tablets are 25 mg, which would be the appropriate size for a 25-pound dog.
What sedatives are safe for dogs?
Acepromazine is the most commonly prescribed oral sedative for dogs.
Possible oral sedative combinations include:
- acepromazine and Telazol powder (an anesthetic)
- acepromazine and diazepam (an anti-anxiety drug)
- diazepam and butorphanol (an opioid pain reliever)
- phenobarbital and diazepam.