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A muzzle would be a good investment right now. I don't agree with them for normal use, but this is a necessary situation. You gotta get it on him before he knows what's happening. A really good help too would be to have DH or someone holding his head still because sometimes they can nip thru the muzzle.
I wouldn't attempt to knock a big dog out yourself w/out a script sedative, you could end up seriously hurting him.
The OP gave you a great idea of putting him on a short leash, wouldn't attempt it w/out that.
If you could have someone even just hold his head so he cant SEE what you're doing, I know that works for my brother's dog when I clip his nails, he is absolutely psycho about getting his nails clipped even though he's normally the sweetest dog.
He's usually muzzled while someone holds his head so he cant SEE what I am doing and he's a bit more relaxed then, although sometimes he does attempt to thrash.
Hope you get this figured out. GL