Is there a numbing gel or cream for dogs that can be used prior to drawing blood?

Question: 

My dog really has a hard time when at the vets office and does not like having her blood drawn. She gets very upset. Is there a numbing gel or cream for dogs that can be used prior to drawing blood?

Answer: 

I assume your dog is getting blood glucose testing for diabetes? I understand that this can be a challenging and frustrating situation. I also do not think that quicking his nail is a good option for obtaining blood for testing at home, as this can be painful.

I give my clients two places that they can obtain blood at home: from the inside of the tip of the ear, or from the paw pads at the bottom of the feet. Both can be obtained with a small gauge needle with minimal discomfort.

There are urine dipsticks available that will monitor for sugar in the urine; however, this test is not a reliable way to adjust the insulin dose.

Alternatively, a fructosamine test can be performed at your veterinarian. This test requires just one quick blood draw and measures the average blood sugar over a 2-3 week period. In many cases it can eliminate the need for daily blood glucose testing.