When giving your dog ear-drops, give him a treat then wrap his whole body tightly in a large towel, leaving his head free. Wedge him on a long sofa with one person holding his body against the back of the sofa, while the other person strokes his head, lifts his ear flap, and uses a long soft plastic nozzle to administer ear drops. He will react to the cold temperature, but if gently done, it should not be difficult to do.
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My husband and I are having a hard time giving our dog his ear drops. He is a Blood Hound and snaps at us every time we try to put the drops in his ear. Any suggestions how we can do this?
By Jean from Aldan, PA
Give him a few treats, then cover his face with a towel and continue giving treats. Desensitize his ears while keeping his eyes covered and giving treats. Pet his ears, put your finger in (gently!), etc. Once he seems okay with this, then try the drops. (01/09/2011)
My dog needs to have ear drops in both ears. I am looking for a way to hold the dog and do ear drops alone. Any suggestions?
az2010 from Easthampton, MA
Whichever way you do it, make sure to reward your dog with a special treat. Something that he likes the most. I have a Border Collie and he will do anything for a ball. Good luck.
Trish from Durham, NC
Our dog didn't like it either, but depending on how 'mad' your dog gets maybe this will work!
We would smear some peanut butter on the fridge at her level and she'd lick it off. While she's busy at that, we'd kinda straddle her (she's big) and do the drops. She still didn't like it, but was occupied and didn't care as much. (03/01/2007)
When I had dogs with chronic ear problems I not only had to put in drops but had to clean out their ears with a swab daily, a painful procedure. I took the dog into the bathroom and shut the door (lessening escape route) I sat on the floor with the dog between my legs and loved him a while, gave him treats and talked to him. Even though he would occasionally whimper, he sat still and let me treat his ears. (03/02/2007)
When the vet use to clean my dogs ears she would put it on a cotton ball, put the cotton ball in the dog's ear and squeezed it gently. The liquid would then go in the ear instead of everywhere else. (03/02/2007)
By denise warner
We have cats and they may be smaller than your dog, but I sit in a couch chair with arms and put the animal between the arm and me. I have a table near to use q-tips and other stuff handy. My arm goes over top of them and I turn my body to keep them penned in. They try to get out the back of me but I just lean back farther. This gives me one hand to work with and one hand to move and position the head.
Good luck. (03/03/2007)
Try backing them into a corner. (03/07/2007)