Sedating a chow chow without putting them out
If your pet is fussing, offer them a pet calmer by unzipping the carrier an inch or two and extending the treat to your pet. The drone of the engines should encourage them to rest unless there is too much activity in the cabin.You should be able to extend a finger or two into the carrier for a head scratch so that your pet will know that you are still there. Pet travel on an airline can be challenging, but use a few tricks and a lot of love, and your pet will do just fine.Make certain she has not had a meal at least 3-4 hours prior to giving it to her. Leave her alone and within 30 mins you will notice that she will be super relax.4- At that point one person controls her head, ideally with a muzzle and the other clips the nail.As far as clipping the nail:1- Do not clip the nail if you don't have quick stop (powder to stop bleeding); can buy at petstore. If you make the nail bleed do not worry; just use the quick stop directly on the bleeding nail and it will stop.Don’t feed them too much; the object here is to keep them occupied, not to fill their belly.
3- Once the nails are cut leave her alone and observe to make sure she recovers uneventfully; make certain she is breathing ok.4- To lessen the frequency of nails clipping walk her on concrete. When we're doing it now, we try to "snip cheese snip cheese" and she does go for the treat, meaning she's not SO preoccupied with her nail that she won't eat the treat, but we're trying to get her to think "nails = associated with cheese." Since it's been so long and it's doesn't appear to be working, should I give up on that and just use the sedative or should I continue "cheese-ing" WHILE she's on the sedative?My other dog (same age, weight, breed/mut, sex) doesn't mind it at all, so I know I'm not doing anything bad to her, but at 0/trim, we're going broke getting her snipped monthly, her nails are WAY long now and I'm getting disgusted with my vet. :(Sorry that you are going through so much trouble to clip her nails.The benedryl does cause some sedation in some dogs, in others it does nothing, especially if they are stimulated by something like clipping their nails.Keep your voice low and close to your pet while assuring it that everything will be ok.Lots of “good girls” and “good boys” are certainly a welcome sound for a nervous pet.