Dumas- you're too funny! I hope you enjoyed your cookie. :)
Why does Gem need to be sedated?
I'm not 100% sure. I know we have a tough time picking up his feet, but that's because of the pain he's in. We can pick up 3 out of 4 feet. His right front is the worse. As long as you're patient and quiet with him, you'll be able to pick up his foot and clean it. And yeah, he might put it down before you're done, so you take a deep breath and try again.