Our expert says:
Putting a dog under anaesthetic is really an unnecessary risk. All medication has side-effects which can affect the health of an animal. You could try giving him Rescue Remedy (herbal liquid available from the pharmacy for humans) about 10 minutes before his nails are clipped. Valerian is another herbal medicine, with minimal side-effects, that may help to reduce the anxiety. If you want to solve the problem completely it's going to take a lot of patience to first get him used to seeing the clippers, while getting a treat, then feeling them on one foot, while getting a treat, etc., until he likes having the clippers there because he associates them with getting a treat.
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