The dog is clearly in distress and in pain. If it's that much of an ordeal, it's probably better to sedate the dog rather than traumatize it.You don't have a local groomer? I don't see why a groomer couldn't do it for you without him being sedated. At my shop, we have over 2000 clients...I probably only have to ask 5 of them to sedate their pets. Most groomers that are well trained are very capable of handling dogs without sedation. Now I wouldn't recommend a petsmart/petco groomer lol! (Sorry if any of you are...my area doesn't do the place justice. We get dogs grom them half shaved that they couldn't handle that stood like angels for us). Dogs are a lot worse for their parents sometimes then they will be for a confident groomer. I'm sure it would be a lot cheaper then getting him sedated and the vet doing it!
I don't disagree that sometimes the owner is the biggest problem for a variety of reasons. But even so, if a dog is behaving as though it's terrified, it's because it IS. It's not purposefully doing it just to make a scene. And depending on how much gum and how deep it is, it could very well be pretty painful. I think trying a groomer wouldn't be a bad idea. But I would stay close and if the dog behaves the same way, go back to having it sedated by a vet.I've shaved gum off tons of dogs and it really wasn't a big deal. If you pull on it yes, it hurts, if you make sure you get the blade UNDER the gum then it wont be pulling at the skin and hurt the dog. Its pretty much the same thing as having to shave poop stuck to their butts...Dogs act like everything is a bigger deal with their parents lol. My mom, whos been grooming for 30 years can't clip her own dogs nails...but her dog stands perfectly still for me to clip them. I dunno, she can go get it sedated and have the vet do it but I bet that will cost a lot more and take more time then just having a local groomer do it.