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If you have a good relationship with your vet and the dog is in good health, you can talk with your vet about using acepromazine at home. You just have to be careful because they can still bite you if you snip them during the grooming. I have a cocker here who is terribly fearful and we have to use it for him. I can flip him over and roll him around and trim his belly with no problem when he is "aced."
If your pet is good health, your vet should be happy to give you a prescription to have on hand.
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