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I have a 6 lb Yorkie that is a rescue, we've had her about a year, and the vet thinks she's about 3 years old - when I take her to get her nails trimmed it's EXTREMELY traumatic for her.  they have to put a muzzle on and she jerks around, and tries to bark and bite, which is not like her at all - she NEEDS to have her nails trimmed about once a month, but it's SO traumatic that I hesitate to bring her, how can I make this situation better?

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If you can take her for a walk on concrete and let her naturally wear off her nails, that may help.  Your vet may prescribe a tranquilizer for her before a nail trim.  They may also do a procedure to anesthetize her and cut the nails really short.  I do that in my practice and then I use a laser to ablate the "quick" so that there is no pain afterwards.  That really lengthens the time between nail trims.

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Dr. Louis N. Gotthelf

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Dermatology and ear diseases of dogs and cats

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I am the author of "Small Animal Ear Diseases; An Illustrated Guide" published by W.B. Saunders. I have over 25 years of clinical experience with a special interest in dermatologic conditions and ear diseases.

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American Academy of Veterinary Dermatology

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