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What can I give my small dog so I can clip his nails he refuses

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What can I give my small dog so I can clip his nails he refuses to allow it
Submitted: 5 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 5 months ago.
Unfortunately, there's nothing reliably effective over the counter for your purposes. Antihistamines such as diphenhydramine might sedate him but rarely enough to allow nail cutting of a fearful dog. Benzodiazepines such as diazepam (Valium) are more helpful but still can't be relied upon. Your best bet is the prescription acepromazine from his vet. This is a true tranquilizer that can provide the sedation you need but you're still likely to need help restraining him for the nail cutting. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.
Customer: replied 5 months ago.
Unfortunately you haven't told me anything I didn't already figured out on my own I was hoping for an old fashion remedy so this did not help me sorry to say
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 5 months ago.
I understand. I'm not aware of any old fashioned remedies that would be of help to you. I'll opt out which will give another expert the opportunity to enter our conversation.
Customer: replied 5 months ago.
Ok thank you

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