|01-28-2014 02:45 PM|
|01-28-2014 02:37 PM|
I'm lucky with the nails as I'm sure Zeus would react badly to clipping them.
I'm lucky because either they're very soft or the amount of daily walking we give him (almost never less than 3 miles, sometimes all at once or sometimes spread over three outings in a day) seems to wear them down.
I'd hate to have to take him to the vet just for nails.
|01-28-2014 02:34 PM|
I just got back from the vets with my Zeus who had his annual injections, inspections and a new procedure, a total ear infection cleaning and packing. They had to sedate him, just as I forecast.
Bill wasn't too bad, $348 for all of it. And, they used a knock out drug that included Ketamine so he won't remember any of it.
Like you he would snap at me when I tried to medicate his ears. After two of three tries I knew I was just making him learn to bite me.
So, I tried sneaking the medication in by rubbing his ears and putting my fingers in his ears, which he readily allows. He allows me to dig in his ears with the bare hand and even with the gloves I use to walk him.
But as soon as he smelled the medicine on my fingers he was wary and closed his ears and backed off.
So, I was thinking, perhaps a thin, tygon tube taped to either the back of my index finger or gloved index finger which was then attached to a small reservoir taped somewhere up my arm which could be opened during the ear massage which would allow the fluid to flow into his ears as I massaged them. I just haven't been able to cobble together something like that, yet.
Any similar ideas.
|01-27-2014 08:59 PM|
Lots of patience! Don't think "I have to give the medicine right now." Keep it close by and warm, like in your pocket, and wait for your opportunity.
Will the dog snuggle with you yet? If so, then let the dog sit on the couch with you while you're watching a movie, massage his ears so he's not startled when you slip in the drops. Even then, doesn't expect to "sneak" in both ears at once. With my Weimaraner, I have to wear her out out with playtime, and then we get to snuggle time, then I'll casually handle her paws, and sneak in a couple nail trims before she wises up. I don't try to all nails in one sitting. We spread them out over the whole week. You could try one ear in the morning and the other ear in the evening.
And definitely keep a treat to hand over immediately, because the instant they realize they've been "violated" they need the distraction and deserve the reward!
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|01-27-2014 09:43 AM|
yup, thanks for the advice !
he allow me to pet him, touch the ears, massage the ear
i think he just don't like some kinda weird liquid or sound at his ear
he has got great temperament so far from what i observe.
the vet has manage to do a thorough clean out and apply medication the other day, am just following up with the rest of the medication.
|01-27-2014 09:38 AM|
|huntergreen||i would pay for a vet and his staff to clean and medicate the ears in this case. no way you are going to build a relationship and trust with this dog by sneaking up and scaring him/her.|
|01-27-2014 07:53 AM|
|llombardo||Part of it might be pain. Has he gone to the vet to see how bad the ear infection is?|
|01-27-2014 05:33 AM|
Will he let you pet him and rub his ears? He might if they are itchy. Keep the medicine bottle in the other hand and try making it a quick "extension" of the ear rub.
Also , no one (including me) likes anything ice cold put in their ears. Usually, ear medicine comes in a small bottle. Try putting it in your front pants pocket prior to applying it. Walk around awhile doing other things and it will warm up. At least warmed up, it will not be such a shock to your dog.
Hope this helps. It works for us.
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|01-27-2014 04:24 AM|
Same thing, but with the ears instead of nails.
|01-27-2014 04:16 AM|
|harmony||I do not give my dogs treats, but they love a ball, hose or rope . When I have to give them medicine for their own good I just do it! Now take my 3 soon to be 4 year old son to dentist , I would pay you and give you a medal LOL|
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