At the end of the day, Oscar is one tired little dude.
Here he is at 7:00 p.m.
Last night he was tired so I grabbed the emery board and worked on the second nail from the end.
He didn’t squirm. He didn’t fight. He didn’t put up any resistance. He was awake and he knew what I was doing but he didn’t care. I did give him a treat after I was finished. I think I’m going to try one nail a night and see what I can do. I only have to do the front nails so I should be able to get them all filed down within two weeks and then maybe every other day, hit each nail with just a bit of filing. I bought some heavier nail files today so I think it will be a little quicker.
If he gets used to this and doesn’t mind me doing it, this is going to be a game changer for us. He really puts up such a fight at the vet and, as I’ve mentioned, they want me to pick up meds and give them to him before I bring him in and, while I will do it for Oscar’s safety and the safety of the vet and the staff, I don’t like it and if I only have to do it for his annual visit, that will make me happy.
I’ll keep you posted on how this goes. I’m going to wait til about 8 or 9, when he’s really sleepy and he doesn’t mind me filing his nails. If he gets too testy, I’ll stop. We did get doggie CBD and it shows how much to give to a dog under 15 pounds. I haven’t used it and prefer not to use it but I’d rather do that than give him hard core meds to knock him out before he goes to the vet.
Wish me luck . . it’s going to be hard to type or cross stitch if I lose a few fingers. 🙂