Q. dog needs nails cut badly but every time I take him he gets panicky. Tried cutting them at home but they are splintering. Will Benadryl sedate him?
DESTINI R. HOLLOWAY, DVM
A. You can always try Benadryl but some pets seem resistant to the sedating side effect, because it is still just an anti-histamine and not a sedative/tranquilizer. The recommended dosage is 1mg/lb given 30-45 minutes before you try this at home.
If this doesn't work, which is very likely, I recommend you talk to your vet about potentially trying a sedative such as Acepromazine. Acepromazine can have the opposite effect in some pets by causing hyper-excitation instead of calming so it is recommended to try it at home to see how your pet reacts first.