What Can I Give My Dog To Calm Him Down And Cut His Nails?

Key Takeaway: To calm a dog to trim its nails, there are natural ingredients which may work, such as chamomile, ashwagandha, tryptophan, and hemp extract.

what-can-i-give-my-dog-to-calm-him-down-and-cut-his-nails

Regular trimming of your dog's nails is essential to keep them in good health, but it can be a stressful experience, especially for your pup!

Fortunately, there are some things you can give your dog to calm him down before you cut his nails. From prescription drugs to natural remedies, we explore all of the best options in this blog.

TRY THIS FIRST: EXERCISE AND REWARD-BASED TRAINING

Before giving your dog any medications, take them for a long walk. Tiring them out with exercise will always be the healthiest option, and you might even find that it's all that's needed to get them calm enough to cut their nails.

It's natural for your dog to be apprehensive the first time you trim its nails. Take your time, and if you can successfully clip even one nail, reward them with a treat. Reward-based training will make the process positive for your dog. It might take a long time with many pauses at first. Eventually, they won't mind getting their nails trimmed at all.

If you've tried all of this and still feel like a little extra help is needed, you might consider giving the following to your dog to calm them down before you cut their nails.

NATURAL CALMING

If you can give your dog something natural to calm them, that will generally be safer than over-the-counter or prescription medication.

The following is a list of calming ingredients which you can purchase in stores or online. If that sounds like too much trouble, we have already combined them in our vet-approved CBD calming chews for dogs.

  • Chamomile – You might have had chamomile tea; the good news is it has the same calming effects for dogs as it does for humans.
  • Ashwagandha – An ancient herb often used as a stress relief aid.
  • Tryptophan – This is the reason you feel tired after eating turkey on thanksgiving.
  • Hemp Extract – CBD works with your dog's endocannabinoid system, which has been linked to stress relief, sleep, and much more. For an even more concentrated dose of CBD, you can try our CBD oil for anxious dogs, either on its own or in combination with the chews.


BENADRYL

Benadryl is often given to dogs as a calming aid, but even though it's safe for humans, it can be dangerous and even fatal if incorrectly given to dogs. Both the dosage and type of Benadryl you give to your dog are critical. We cover both of these in more detail in our blog on Benadryl for dogs.

PRESCRIPTION SEDATIVES

If you've tried absolutely everything else and are still having no success with your pup's nail trimming, the following is a list of prescription medications you can get from your vet. We consider these somewhat of a last resort, as while they will very likely sedate your dog, they also come with a higher risk of negative side effects.

They should only ever be given to your dog under the guidance of a veterinarian, as an overdose could lead to serious health issues or even death.

SUMMARY

There are several things you can give your dog to calm them down before cutting their nails. We suggest you start with exercise and then explore the natural options. If those don't work out, you can always call an experienced groomer or take your pup to the vet.

If you aren't comfortable cutting your dogs' nails, then it's probably best for everybody involved to take them to a professional. Most groomers will charge a relatively small fee to trim your dog's nails, and in all but the most extreme situations, they will be able to take care of it.

However, if your dog is extremely aggressive, you may have to take them to the veterinarian to be sedated.

References https://www.petpoisonhelpline.com

https://www.akc.org

https://www.vetmed.wsu.edu

Frequently Asked Questions

Who Is Relievet

I'm Chris; I started Relievet to help my dog Biscuit deal with her mobility issues naturally. Relievet is a family-owned business composed of a team of passionate pet parents that includes a Doctor of Pharmacy, a dog trainer, a writer, a psychologist, and more. We make natural products that help dogs maintain balance and deal with the issues they face, and we do our best to educate people on natural pet health. Beyond that, we are conducting research in hopes of improving the lives of many more animals.


In a world of giant corporations, we favor the personal approach. Reach out to us any time, whether just to tell us your pet's story or for your vet to consult with James, our in-house Pharmacist; we would love to hear from you.

What Can We Do For Your Pet?

Animals suffer from many of the same issues as us, with one crucial difference: they can't communicate their needs or feelings. Relievet products are designed from the ground up for animals with careful consideration of their needs.


We make over 40 natural products targetting some of the most common issues faced by dogs, cats, birds, and horses.

Does My Vet Need to Be Involved?

You don't need a prescription to purchase Relievet products online or in stores in the United States and many other parts of the world.


However, only your vet can diagnose and recommend treatment for your pet's health issues, and you shouldn't ever stop, change, or add to their medication without your vet's guidance. If they have questions regarding our products, reach out to us, and we will be happy to help.