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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience
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I have a dog that 't like her feet touched while we are

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I have a dog that don't like her feet touched while we are trying to cut her hair on her feet is there anything to help her relaxed so we can cut hee hair
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

There's nothing reliably effective over the counter. The sedative effect of an antihistamine such as diphenhydramine (Benadryl) has been recommended at a dose of 2 mg/lb but I've not found it valuable for your purposes. Annie's vet can prescribe acepromazine - a true tranquilizer that when given 1-2 hours prior to the desired effect should sedate Annie to the point at which she'll relax enough for you to cut her hair on her feet. Sedating benzodiazepines such as diazepam or alprazolam are another option. Please let me know if you have such a benzodiazepine for human use at home.