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    to take a 97lb dog, a 68lb dog, and two cats to the vet at the same time!!! What a fun time was had by all. The cats weren't such a problem as they were confined in a carrier. You ever try to manhandle 165lbs of dog(s) in a room full of new smells, new people to lick, and other dogs?

    Now, the pressing question is.....my big dawg needs his claws clipped. He has an aversion to ANYONE, including myself, who he pretty much allows to do anything to him, except his claws, messing with his feet. I don't know if he's had someone hurt him before or what. I told the Vet that he would probably have to be muzzled for a stranger to be able to do it. Needless to say, after listening to him cry for 10 minutes like they were killing him the Vet stopped trying. Told me that he would have to sedate him to be able to get it done without traumatizing him. Gotta tell you, I was in tears listening to him. This is one of my babies we're talking about!! I was impressed with the fact that the Vet did stop trying and was concerned about how it was affecting him though. My question is, has anyone else experienced this kind of unmitigated terror in their dogs over having their claws clipped? If so, how did you overcome it? The groomer at the Vets office told me to walk him on the road about three times a week to keep them filed down. His claws aren't so long that they cause HIM problems, but they're hell on me! Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!!
     
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    use a dermal tool to grind them down...do it away from the other animals...get the vet to give you valium for the dog....put it in the dogfood the morning you plan to do it...

    i take a 100 lbs and 75 dog to the vet along with 2 cats...the key is carriers for the cats and just hope for the dogs....my 100 lb dog will not enter a kennel crate....he has to have his own room. i am lucky my vet has a huge office and they just put him in a room.
     
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    Jesus Strolling, for some reason I found that post erotic.
     
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    Strollin, I got the Pedi Paws thingy and have been working to get him used to the sound and all in the hopes I can finally use it one day. I honestly think something bad must have happened in regards to his feet before he came to live with us. He freaks. Can't see drugging my dogs. I know it's probably perfectly safe and all but I just wouldn't feel right. I'll try what the groomer suggested and walk him down the road a two or three days a week see if that helps.

    LOL "hope for the dogs". This was the first time at this particular Vets office so it was the newness that made them so hard to deal with. That and I think my big dawg fell head over heels in love with a cute little female beagle that was there. I like to never got him to leave the building after their shots and checkup. The cats were no problem at all. They're pretty laid back anyway and don't get to "bothered" by much. And we only use one carrier for both of them. No way in hell would I try to keep them seperated when they're in the truck with me. They're much happier together.

    I gotta tell you though. Listening to my big dog cry like he was doing broke my heart. I was really glad the Vet chose not to put him through it and stopped the tech that was attempting to clip his claws. IMO the mark of a damn good Vet!!
     
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    that pedi thing is just a cheap ass dermal....and doesnt do it fast enough....the groomer is right...walk them on pavement and it will keep their nails down...watch for the nail on the dew claw...if they still have them...it tends to curl under and grown into the dew claw. most likely someone has cut into the quick...you can avoid this by just taking off a little of the nail at a time...the quick receeds as you cut the nail....so take a wee bit of the nail off to begin with and let the quick receed back.
     
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    lol strollin...I've got to get him FIRST to where he'll let me do more than just rub his feet. He seriously doesn't like you messing with his toes at all. The Vet checked to make sure none of his claws were curling. If they were I guess I would have made the appointment to have him sedated and have them taken care of. Do I sound like an overly protective "momma" when it comes to my furbabies??? Can't help it! They're my darlins and I would be lost without them. My two dogs are the sweetest things UNTIL daddy leaves to go to work at night. You can actually see the change come over them as they go into "time to look after momma" mode. Even had a Sheriff's deputy laugh one night and tell me to tell my husband he had no worries....NO ONE was getting in our house uninvited. He couldn't get me on the phone one night not long after my surgery and got worried. Sent the cops to the house to check on me. Poor guy was backed up as far as he could get on the front porch scared the mutants were going to get away from me and go through the storm door on his butt. All my babies are rescues and I have no clue what they might have gone through before they chose to come live with us. The cats we've had 9 years, big dog 3, and the little guy 2. If this thing will let me post a pic I'll put one up for you.
     
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    The two mutants, knuckle and harley
     
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    All four of them. There is a cat in the basket!
     
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    Your vet can prescribe Acepromazine tablets for you to give your dog 45 minutes before the nails are the be trimmed. If they are that bad, they can give the dog Telazol, which will allow them to do the job without any stress or strain on your dog. Animals wake up fairly fast from Telazol.

    I run into the scenario you spoke of a lot. It is not uncommon for some dogs to have an aversion to having their feet handled, or having their nails trimmed.

    The best thing to do, is go the sedation route, whether orally or IV injection. Talk it over with your vet. Ideally, once the nails have been trimmed down the first time, they should be regularly cut every 4 - 6 weeks, especially if you want to get the nails as short as you can over time.
     
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    BGG....I would call the way he reacted yesterday to be a bit more than just an aversion. He has an aversion to baths but he'll tolerate it if I give him one. This was unmitigated terror. When they brought him to me he was shaking like a leaf. That's why I can't help but feel it stems from the abuse he suffered before he came to us. We already know he was beaten at some point. As I said, they aren't so long they're a problem for him, it's me that catches the most from it. I take after my mom in that the older I get the closer to the skin the veins in my arms are so when ever he manages to scratch me it's a bloody mess. We just got back from our first walk down the road and back which the groomer at the Vet's office suggested. I'm going to give that a few weeks to see how much that works them down then I'll make a decision on the other. It broke my heart listening to him yesterday. He's the black and white guy in the pictures I posted. My big mushbutt!!
     

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