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Experience:  AAS Vet Tech. Bully breed rehab & Behavior modification
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My dog is terrified to have her toenails trimmed. They,

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My dog is terrified to have her toenails trimmed. They
JA: I'll do all I can to help. What is the matter with your dog?
Customer: they're too long and we have tried in the past giving her a sedative without success. I have 5 mg of diazepam, is that safe to give a dog?
JA: Where does your dog seem to hurt?
Customer: she is limping because her toenails are so long and they are now turning sideways
JA: Have you looked to see if there is a wound on their foot?
Customer: yes
JA: The Veterinarian will know what to do. What is the dog's name and age?
Customer: Lily, and she is 11
JA: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about Lily,?
Customer: Just that we have had her for about 10 years and that she is literally afraid of everything, including touching her other than petting her
JA: OK. Got it. I'm sending you to a secure page on JustAnswer so you can place the $5 fully-refundable deposit now. While you're filling out that form, I'll tell the Veterinarian about your situation and then connect you two.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Lisa replied 1 year ago.

Hi there. My name is ***** ***** I'm happy to help you with your question.

How big is Lily?
Is it always you that tries to cut her nails?

What kind of trimmer are you using?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
No it isn't always me and I'm using manual trimmers from Pet Smart
Expert:  Lisa replied 1 year ago.

Great. Thanks for the additional information. I really appreciate it.

Since sedatives and those trimmers aren't doing the trick, you may actually want to consider having a groomer trim Lily's nails.

Most groomers charge anywhere from $4 - $10 dollars to do it and it only takes a few minutes. In most places, you don't even need an actual appointment, you can just wander in and they'll do it.

If you want to continue trying to do it at home, you may need to give your vet a call and ask them about sending out a medication like Acepromazine or Clomicalm or Alprazolam to see if those will make it easier on Lily and you.

I hope this helps.

Expert:  Lisa replied 1 year ago.
Hi Candy,

I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?