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How to sedate a dog for nail clipping
So my vet is leaving town for the holidays (at least she says that) and while I do not believe that an actual holiday-based vacation on the heels of a week-long conference call has been officially sanctioned, she has been acting very unprofessional and not giving me straight answers or even clear guidelines about what needs to be done for my 15 year old rescue golden retriever at the moment.
I have a nail fungus that has spread to the nailbed itself. This is not a fun condition, and not fun to watch. It can take a long time for the condition to progress to this point, and sometimes she thinks that it is better to wait than to intervene until the condition is advanced.
Also, I understand that there is no simple drug protocol or that there is no universally-accepted protocol for taking a dog from a happy, stress-free home to a place where the nail fungus is present.
I’ve been told that it can take up to an hour for the sedative to take effect, and that I should hold him down and wait. I can’t sleep for it at night – it’s like he’s doing this to me to punish me for the neglect that he feels.
What do you think?
I feel so stupid for just waiting with the dog and not even doing a little more research online – how many other dog owners face this daily? I feel like a huge idiot!
I also feel like this may be happening just to make me feel more helpless. Like maybe she’s just trying to figure out what I can do for her own convenience.
I do not want to ask my husband to be the one to hold him, because there’s no way he could sleep and still keep himself up to date in his work.
He’s had all this training, and I can’t even tell if it’s really working!
This is my sweet, perfect boy. What will happen to him?
Ava will need treatment for her nails, and my guess is that the nail fungus will likely spread and she’ll eventually need to have all her nails removed, and possibly have her toenails surgically removed. This can be very painful for dogs.
My biggest fear is that I’ll never get the chance to take care of her because I’ll get into too much debt. My finances are really bad, and I’m already paying for my husband’s medical bills and it doesn’t even leave me any money.
Is it possible for me to avoid this debt and help my dog?
I hate thinking that my sweet dog is in pain and needs to be treated and that I can’t help him. I wish I could make it all go away.
My husband thinks I’m insane and doesn’t believe that Ava will ever need to have all her nails removed.
How did you find the veterinary clinic? How did you figure out that Ava might have nail fungus? What’s going to happen to her? What will I need to do to make this treatment work? Is it even possible?
Please let me know. I would really appreciate it!
Thanks for reading!
What if My Dog Has Nail Fungus?
If you think your dog has nail fungus, you’ll want to book an appointment as soon as you can.
Your veterinarian may be able to examine your dog’s nails and give him a topical treatment or antibiotic. But nail fungus may also spread to other parts of the body and could be life-threatening.
If your dog has fungus on his nails and there are new or unusual symptoms like swelling, pain, redness, or fever, he may need a more serious treatment. If the infection is severe, he may need to be hospitalized and treated with oral or intravenous medications.
What if My Dog Has Nail Fungus?
Some symptoms of nail fungus are not obvious. A dog that shows these symptoms will need a veterinary exam:
Red, swollen skin around the nail
Swelling under the nail
Fever, loss of appetite, or lethargy
Possible infection on or around the nose
Fungus infections in any part of the body can spread, so if you have nail fungus, check the other areas of your dog’s body to make sure you haven’t been infected.
You may be surprised by the signs your veterinarian notices, but it’s important to know what to look for, so you can get your dog the help he needs and take care of him until he recovers.
How to Prevent Nail Fungus
The best way to prevent nail fungus is to keep your dog’s nails clean and trim his nails regularly. Your dog will need to have his nails trimmed once or twice a month to keep his nails from getting too long, but don’t over-trim them, or you could damage the nails or cause pain when your dog chews or uses his nails.
If you have nail fungus, the easiest way to keep it from spreading to other parts of your dog’s body is to keep your nails trimmed to a minimum. Keep your dog’s nails trimmed down to a length of about half his own nail. If your dog has nails that are too long, use a pumice stone or nail clippers to reduce them.
You should also keep your dog’s nails dry so they won’t have a damp surface where the fungus can grow. Use a nail conditioner to make your dog’s nails stronger and help keep them healthy.
How to Treat Nail Fungus
If your dog has nail fungus, you can treat it at home by using a combination of garlic and olive oil. Spread some olive oil on a clean cotton ball and apply it directly to your dog’s nails. Use one clove of garlic per two to three nails, and apply the cotton ball several times a day.
If you don’t want to use home remedies, your veterinarian can provide you with nail fungus treatments that work to stop the fungus from spreading, along with instructions for keeping your dog’s nails trimmed and clean.
For more information on nail fungus and tips for how to keep your dog’s nails trimmed and clean, visit pethealth.org.
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