|Barked: Tue Jun 7, '11 7:17pm PST |
|Oh geez... THIS is they invented DIY Doggy Wash places. Bruno hates baths too, I've taken him to a groomer before to get it done, but seeing how scared they make him made me sad and I decided it was wrong to put him through that again. So now I have to do my own bathing and nail trimming.
The problem with sedation as Jade recommends is that the vet will probably give you acepromazine. That's what my vet did when I asked for a mild sedative to calm Bruno down for nail clipping. The problem with ace is that it only affects the dog's control of his body, not his mental state- it's really more like a paralytic than a sedative. I could tell Bruno was as terrified and panicky as always, but he couldn't do anything about it. Staggered about like he was drunk (that was a little funny, I'll admit.) That didn't seem fair, and besides, there's a LOT of evidence of dogs being able to "power through" Ace long enough to bite someone before collapsing again.
I like the DIY dogwash because the tub is elevated (you don't have to bend down) you don't have to clean up all the hair, the water comes from a flexible hose (you don't have to fill the tub and use a pitcher- that's not fun) and you can take as long as you like to keep the dog from going into a meltdown. I just go slow and gentle, and skip the blowdry.
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