What is a good dog sedative for grooming?

Original Question: What is something that I could give to my dog that would calm her a bit when she’s getting her nails cut? Thank you. - Mark

What is a good dog sedative for grooming? Apr 24, 2018

Hi Mark,

Thanks for the question.

It’s best to try and address the problem through behavioural modification first before taking the drug route. You could contact a behaviourist and work with them on addressing this problem. It could take a lot of time, money and patience but it would certainly be the healthier way to cut the nails of a difficult dog. In many cases, the fear could be too great for it to ever work.

Every veterinarian will have their favourite sedatives and anti-anxiety medications. It’s important to realize that not only do you want to sedate them we also need to consider reducing their anxiety. So I now recommend a combination of a sedative and an anti-anxiety medication.

For a sedative, I have always used a medication called Acepromazine. Others will use drugs such as gabapentin, morphine (these are painkillers but they have a sedative effect), or ketamine. The Acepromazine is good dog sedative for grooming because it can be given in tablet form prior to travelling to your veterinarian. I always recommend adding an anti-anxiety supplement or medication.

If you have a discussion with your veterinarian about these options, I’m sure they can guide you properly.

Be sure to watch our video about how to safely trim a dog nails that that covers everything you need to know about this topic.

Best of luck.

Dr. Clayton Greenway

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