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As in my previous post, my GS is now 9 years old. She was a rescue dog and we got her at age 3. She has had seizures and is covered in lumps but the the vets say they are not concerned (they haven't ever been able to examine the lumps because she won't let anyone near them though). She is friendly with us (household) but even then she won't let us examine when she yelps in pain. She has started scratching her ears and yelps constantly when doing so. We have tried treats (dog biscuits, sausages etc) as a distraction but she will not let us even look in her ears. We would take her to the vets but from past appointments we know for a fact they will not be able to get a look in, she is not comfortable with them. What I am asking is, is there anyway, or technique, or method, or anything at all to help the pain she seems to be in? Short of sedating her (which we don't want to do if we can help it) I just don't know how we can get to the root of her issue. She has regular flee treatment (vet prescribed) and does have dermatitis which we use vet medication for. I am also concerned about her lumps as she has a new soft one which has appeared in the last month on the bottom of her back leg, but she won't let the vets near to examine. I am just stuck, for a dog who loves affection but pulls/runs away the second you try and examine, it's frustrating to know she's in pain and we can't figure out how to help her. I just wish we had got her when she was a puppy as we have had other dogs and GS before and just can't seem to help her anymore than we have. Any advice is greatly appreciated.
 

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A good vet will know how to restrain a dog for examination. Sometimes it helps if they do this away from the owner.
I would not wait, as ears can get really bad very quickly, and she is already in pain. Do find another vet.
 

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That sounds like a major ear infection to me. I would get her an appointment ASAP. A good vet should be able to restrain angry dogs, so if they refuse, you need to find another. In the meantime, if you can get it into the ears, Zymox with hydrocortisone can help with the itching. If she won’t let you touch it, that’s okay, I wouldn’t push it.
 

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I'd sedate her. If you've been going to your vet a while, you must trust them. In that case, she is likely familiar with them. Starting over with a new vet probably don't help unless you want to start over with a specialist like a dermatologist.

I prefer treating with specialists in situations like this, but they'll likely recommend sedating her too.

I'm not a fan of sedating dogs generally, especially seniors. But I'm really not a fan of putting a dog who is in that much pain through an exam that hurts and/or that scares her.

When we do that, we poison future vet exams.

I'm sorry you (and she) are going through this. I have two geriatric dogs and it's just so hard. But I learned long ago that compassion and kindness have to guide us, especially with our older kids.

Good luck.
 

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How can a vet say that they aren’t worried about lumps unless they have actually examined them? So far I have discovered four lumps on my boy. The first one was a fatty lump no big deal, the second was a tumor, the next two will be biopsied.

Lumps can be a very big deal and should be treated as a big deal until a vet determines via exam that they arent.

That ear sounds very painful and I would not try to diagnose it myself. A slight itchy ear maybe but not a painful one.

Do whatever needs to be done so she can have a proper exam. Just my humble advice.
 

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Just sedate the **** dog and get her checked!
That attitude is ridiculous. There are things that are negotiable and things that are not. Lumps and yelping about ears mean not!
My exceptionally fearful and aggressive dog does so much better when I am not with her it is noted now that I am not to be with her. They come outside and get her.
Whether or not that is the case with your dog muzzle her and hand her over. If they need to do more tell them to do so.
 

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A dog with that kind of pain needs to be vet checked. I agree with the others here about finding a vet that will accommodate her.
 
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