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Old 09-14-2007, 11:13 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Normally he still sits ok for a face washing and quick comb-out, but when it comes to any kind of clipping and snipping--no way. He has been becoming increasingly fearful--tembling, nipping, fighting to get away, etc. His vet gave me a sedative that they give fearful dogs for things such as grooming, thuderstorms, fireworks, etc. I gave it to him today for the first time before I gave him a full grooming. I have to say it was a big help. He was still aware enough of what was going on, but was calm. At one point was even sleeping! He STILL did not like me handling his front paws, but I got them done.

I have decided that next time I am going to bring him to the professional groomer. He is starting to look a little on the choppy side--I'm not a professional by any stretch of the imagination He could use a good, professional haircut. I will probably give him 1/2 dose of the sedative before I drop him off. I'm going to call and discuss that with them--I'm sure it would be helpful and I'm sure other dogs must go in having taken it as well. And I will probably use it for the times at home when I have to trim up his pads, etc.

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Old 09-14-2007, 11:16 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Pam, I think you did a super job on the grooming from what I can see via pictures The more you practice the better you'll be and think of all the money you'll save from grooming at home! The more you groom him at home, the more used to it he'll be ! Good luck in any event, you're doing a great job!

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Pam, I think you did a super job on the grooming from what I can see via pictures The more you practice the better you'll be and think of all the money you'll save from grooming at home! The more you groom him at home, the more used to it he'll be ! Good luck in any event, you're doing a great job!

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Thanks--you're such a sweetie.

About me cutting his hair vs. a groomer...what I'm learning...cottony coats seem easier and much more forgiving than silky coats. Ollie's was cottony as a puppy and now has grown in much more silky (although he has a few cottony "areas" left). With silky hair--you see every little scissor clip! It's hard to do! ANd, of course, I do not have professional tools, either. Does anyone else find this with cutting silky hair? It's hard! I don't mind trimming up his paws/pads, belly, privates but as far as his coat--he IS looking choppy. I love that "perfect" look that he comes home with after the groomer! I have a good groomer who only keeps him about 1 1/2 hours...
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Old 09-14-2007, 11:38 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Glad to hear the sedative helped you get Ollie groomed!
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Pam I think you do a fabulous job on Ollie, he always looks so well groomed and nicely clipped. I am interested to know how he was on the ¼ dose of the Acer, I find that just enough to calm Scooby during storms etc. although he seems to have gotten used to them now and I haven't used the Acer for a while, I did give him a dose on the 4th July when the fireworks were going, but that's all really for this year. He got through the storm season really well.
The reason I ask too is if you do give Ollie the half and take him to a groomer he won't be able to stand up on the table for the clipping if he is anything like Scooby was on the ½ pill, his legs just wouldn't hold him up at all, he just slept for hours. Also the effect was almost instant. Even with the ¼pill Scooby was sleepy for a couple of hours, perhaps Ollie's reaction may be different though.
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I'm happy that the sedative helped lil Ollie!!! I'm so happy for both of you!!!! Hopefully, he learn again that grooming isn't that bad, especially when your mom take such good care of you!!!
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Old 09-14-2007, 12:10 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I have to sedate my little yorkie when I clip his toenails . I use Acepromazine which works great but does make him very sleepy. My other yorkie is scared to death of thunderstorms. The vet put him on Xanax which works great. It doesn`t put him to sleep like the other. Just takes the edge off. I really like it better than the Ace. They have just found that the Xanax works well for thunderstorms and fireworks. Maybe you would want to look into the Xanax if you don`t want him out of it.
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Old 09-14-2007, 01:23 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I wonder how the groomer would do with out the sedative. Groomers sometimes have such a good calm demeanor about what they are doing that the dogs stay calm. And with out mommy around there is nobody to put on a show for.

I know my Hemi always puts up a huge fuss for me snipping and crying and acting like the world is gonna end if try to trim his nails or his face. Pretty much all I can do is bath and blow dry. But for the groomer he's a little angel, and does whatever she wants without fuss as long as he can't see me.

Maybe give the groomer the sedative to use if she needs it but let her try to groom him with out it?

You know Ollie and you know what's best for him. It's just a thought.

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What a great idea to give a sedative before grooming, I never thought of that! Do they really make doggy xanax or is it just the smallest people dose?

Regarding the "choppy" look to his coat: I found that a pair of human hair thinning shears work great to smooth out the choppiness and help blend in. I would rather groom my dogs all the time, even with the fussing, than leave them at a groomer.
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Maybe give the groomer the sedative to use if she needs it but let her try to groom him with out it?

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THanks, Leslie. Only problem with that is that it takes time to kick in. You're supposed to give it to them an hour before you want them calm.

Janet...Ollie's reaction to the acer...I gave him 1/4 tablet and waited for a bit. Then took him upstairs to start clipping. He was STILL trying to get away from me. So I took him back downstairs and gave him another 1/4. That seemed to do the trick. And here's the cool thing. I split the session in two...first thing this morning he was still a tiny bit fiesty, but much MUCH better than w/ no acer. THEN I just took him back upstaris for session #2 and, even with the meds starting to wear off a tiny bit, he was even BETTER than this morning. No fussing hardly at ALL. I wonder if this morning showed him that it's not so bad after all. Hopefully I will only have to do this a few more times and maybe it can help him modify his behavior. That would be the best outcome!

About the xanax. I'm just going to take it slow and see how he's doing. If his anxieties seem to be increasing over time, I will go and talk to the behaviorist and I'm sure he will suggest some type of a med like xanax or prozac, etc. We'll see. I'm not going to think that far ahead yet. Whatever will help him be happiest and healthiest I'm all for it 100%!
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