Is there something I can use to relax my 14 yr old shi tzu/bichon so that I can clip his nails and clean his eyes? He won't let me near him to do those things. He loves attention and petting and is a great dog, otherwise. In the past year he has developed a real phobia of having his eyes cleaned. It has always been a battle to clip his nails.
He is mostly deaf and can't see in dim light. Maybe that has something to do with this new fear of eye cleaning, but it has to be done. I have tried everything. He doesn't just complain and fight, it's pure panic. It takes three of us, with one feeding him to distract him, to get the job done and he is so traumatized afterwards. He's so old we are afraid that the trauma itself might kill him. I have tried everything.
Is there a simple and safe drug we can give him to get these things done?