How to Sedate a Dog for a Hair Cut

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Getting your dog groomed can be a challenging task if he is very hyper, or if he doesn’t react well to visits to the groomers. Thankfully, there are some safe products and methods you can use to sedate your dog in preparation for his haircut.

If you’ve got a dog who may need a little sedation to get him through his next grooming, learning the safe way to sedate him can help make your dog’s next haircut go smoothly.

Obtain a mild sedative from your veterinarian. Never try to use a sedative you find on your own, as this can be harmful to your dog. Sedate your dog only with sedatives provided by your veterinarian. Talk to your veterinarian about rationing the dosage and the effectiveness of the lowest dosage, such as half a pill versus a whole one.

Take your dog out for some activity, such as a long walk or a short run, prior to grooming. This will help your dog burn off energy, which may help him act a little calmer during the haircut.

Remain calm prior to the haircut. Don’t get overexcited with your dog. She can sense if you’re nervous or anxious, and in turn will react the same way.

Ration the lowest dosage of the sedative prior to grooming. Grooming is a quick process and you don’t want your dog to be over-sedated.

Place the sedative inside a dog treat and give to your dog. If you are taking her to the groomer, do this prior to the trip, allowing about 10 minutes for it to take effect. If grooming at home, give your dog the sedative and wait 10 minutes before beginning the haircut.

Pet and speak to your dog in a calm voice during the haircut to further calm him. If you are going to a groomer, ask that you be allowed to stay in the room for the grooming, or inform him that the canine is sedated.