Hello Dr. Salmon, I'm Kelly. Pleasure to meet you and thank you for your time and information. On advance, please pardon any typos as I know there could be many ahead.....:)Lily requires medicinal assistance to completely calm her emotional stress for grooming procedures, specifically nail clipping and grooming the hair that grows too long in the entire foot area. The hair growth
becomes long enough that it mats and becomes tightly compacted between the toes forcing the toes an unnatural distance apart from another, and worse the matted hair is also tightly compacted between each foot pad, thus causing her to slide on any slick surface such as tile or hardwoods. I've noticed that her natural rhythmic gait has changed as she is obviously having to accommodate the discomfort and or pain from her feet. Behaviorally, she now avoids certain surfaces and spends quite a bit of time, yet not excessive, licking
her toes and pad and recently has begun using her teeth to pull at the compacted hair and bite her nails as if to shorten them herself. I view this issue from a short term to long term health perspective, beyond anything cosmetic.
Having her feet maintained has been a stresser for Lily from the first attempt at grooming her feet starting around 10 weeks of age.My former vet resorted to fully sedating Lily twice before because she becomes so emotional, never aggressive, just extremely taxed. Thereafter, he would administer Colozapam in office and treat her feet once she was relaxed to the level that she was groggy enough she'd be about to catch a light nap during it all.For budgetary reasons, he provided me Colozapam with the verbal dosaging instructions so I could do Lily's feet at home as needed.Because his dosaging instructions were not in his written notes his staff had nothing to refer to when I called the office to locate the information in Lily's file.I still have some Colonazpam tablets remaining that I recieved within the year, less than a year old. I would like to safely administer but I cannot remember what dosage to give her to sufficiently relax her without giving her too much. I just incurred the huge expense of an a cross country residential move and I project it will be a while before I can afford a local vet visit in my new city.I apologize for such a lengthy message realizing my issue with Lily is so common and I suspect you have found my dilemma so mundane you have probably fallen asleep on me....lolThank you,