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Ear Infection and a Wild Pup

I need some advice. One of my pups will let you do anything to him but one is a wild pup. He will let me groom, trim his nails, etc but when it comes to his ears you would think I was trying to torture him. I can rub his ears but he somehow knows when I have the antibiotic out. I think he can smell it. I have tried every treat imaginable. It takes four people to handle him at the vet when they work on his ears. The vet just says, "you need to work on that!" I know the infection is driving him crazy. Please HELP!

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Oh my, not fun. I had a kid like that! Took two adults to give one 14 month old medication and eye drops.

Not really sure what the solution is for the pup. With kids at the clinic, we would 'mummy wrap' them when we needed to do procedures. Have you tried wrapping him tight in a blanket or sheet first? That might make it easier to control the 4 legs. Of course, you'd still have to catch him to wrap him in the blanket.

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Sally, that's a good idea... We had a cat I'd have to do that with, too.

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I know your pain. Jasper also takes 3 vet techs to control him...but to do anything to his paws. I have tried the mummy wrap with Jasper and it just freaks him out even more. Is your ear boy food motivated? (jasper is not when he is panicky) but if he is perhaps boiled chicken or cheese or something he gets no other time but when you work on his ears. I also know that Jasper is better at the groomers when he is up on a table in a lasou with no means of escape. Is it possible to put him on a grooming table? (not that we have tried this) But it is amazing how strong a little less than 20 lb Neezer can be when they want nothing to do with what you are about to do.




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I know your pain. Jasper also takes 3 vet techs to control him...but to do anything to his paws. I have tried the mummy wrap with Jasper and it just freaks him out even more. Is your ear boy food motivated? (jasper is not when he is panicky) but if he is perhaps boiled chicken or cheese or something he gets no other time but when you work on his ears. I also know that Jasper is better at the groomers when he is up on a table in a lasou with no means of escape. Is it possible to put him on a grooming table? (not that we have tried this) But it is amazing how strong a little less than 20 lb Neezer can be when they want nothing to do with what you are about to do.
So true! It is crazy how a pup of only 10 lbs can overpower so many people. He is food motivated but when he knows I want to get near his ears he doesn't care squat for any food. He even lets his brother have the treat and he heads for his crate.

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I forgot to mention he also pees when you try to restrain him. Dear hubby has had a wet lap more than once. I am afraid that my husband is so strong he may hurt Einstein... They are going to the groomer on Friday. I mentioned this problem to her and she said that perhaps she could work with him and may be able to show me a trick or two. I think I love her!

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good groomer!




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One of the things that I really had to do with Dora after her foxtail incident and surgery was simple things to her ears. I didn't want her to associate me touching the ear with pain in the future. Obviously you can't really get this done while there is the ear issue (but a lot of dogs who have ear issues they are reoccurring just like people- I have had tubes in my ears twice too). So I would touch her ear and cookie. Then longer, then lift it up, etc. Just so she associates me touching her with a follow up cookie. I think it is important to do this often with all the body parts just like they say in most puppy books. I can do everything to all 3 of my dogs. They know there is a cookie afterwards so even if they don't like it, they trust me.

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