My Dog Won't Let Me Put Medicine in His Ears?

I need help my dog has yeast infection in his ears. I have the medication to put in them, but he will not let us put it in. He weighs 100lbs. We got him held down once and now he will not let my husband near him. We tried a muzzle and he will not let me touch him now to put that on. We tried Benadryl, but it made him hyper, lol.


Help please, he needs this. His ears are so sore and red. He is making them bleed. The vets say to be the boss, well I don't want to be bitten and do not want to hurt him. He is a rescue dog from an abused home and I don't want that to come up to him again.

By michele

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February 22, 20110 found this helpful

Can you take your dog for a brisk walk and tire him out a bit? It seems like my dog feels it's a real bonding experience and is particularly docile for awhile. Everything needs to be ready to go for this sneak-attack beforehand. I would use his choker or spiked training collar for the walk, leave it on and then immediately have your husband straddle the dog, holding onto the collar and place his palm over the snout, pushing down while you administer the dose.


Talk in a reassuring tone while you're doing all of this. It's not easy, I know. Then give him a lot of praise and some treats. A rescue dog has so many insecurities and this is just providing more anxiety. Please wear long sleeves to protect yourselves, too.

He will never like this, but he will condone it after awhile.
Bless you and your husband for taking in a rescue. You're both angels! Let us know how it works out.

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February 23, 20110 found this helpful

My advice is to sit beside the dog and talk to him while petting and massaging his ears. With both of you doing this, give the dog a body massage and one work on the ears as the dog slips into a relaxed mode and keep talking. Do not let the dog see the medicine bottle.


You might get at least one ear done before he realizes what has been done. Dogs love attention and this should work everytime and be patient. Flip him to the other side and continue body massage until he is again relaxed. He'll soon learn it doesn't hurt and feels really good instead of frightful.

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February 23, 20110 found this helpful

I see 2 good suggestions that are better than mine would have been. I only would add, nothing that stings, like some would put never ending vinegar in the ears. Please forget that one. I have, for years, done rescue dogs and on occasion have to treat ears. Best i have found is Malaseb. Clears up the most persistent infected ears. The ones with fungal, bacterial and even allergy related infections. Ear infections often caused by corn in their diet. No corn wheat or soy. No grocery aisle foods, please. Research what common dog foods are made from. Things like rendered dead dogs and cats that have been euthanized with poison. Easy and cheaper to fix food at home. Good thoughts for your baby fuzz. Glad you care.

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August 14, 20170 found this helpful

I have the same problem. I've tried so many things and nothing works =(
I need the dog whisper lol. I am giving up on doing this to my Chula, she is old, kind of blind and sort of deff because of the chronic yeast infection.


the worst part is the SMELL, yuk!!! I need help too.

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February 28, 20180 found this helpful

I know! Whenever I kiss my dog on the head, there's always a TERRIBLE smell coming from his ears. He has floppy ears so we need to hold his ears up to put the ear wash in. He gets so mad. Once, he got so depressed, he peed on the sofa (we never let him sit on the sofa). lol!

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August 15, 20181 found this helpful

Theres a new treatment the vet can do for your pup at the office they do one dose then a week later another dose and no infections for up at least 6 months my rescue is going through an ear infection right now and he too was from an abusive home so I feel your pain he is fighting me nonstop but I keep trying the best way so far for us has been sneak attack I get him when hes snoozing if possible... we are going Monday for the vet treatment since he is still sick & bites hard over the drops :( I wish they had offered the new treatment first its 75$ each time they do it but at this point its worth it

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October 17, 20180 found this helpful

unfortunately sometimes the only way is to have a vet apply anesthetic and treat

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November 5, 20180 found this helpful

Please give me the name of the new treatment that lasts for a week? My vet does not know what I am talking about.

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February 28, 20190 found this helpful

Yes please. I am having to take Murphy to vet for his ear.


He will absolutely not all me to put drops in. That does seem like a solution.

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March 3, 20190 found this helpful

Please le me know the weekly treatment. my dog gets very defensive and bites back but he needs the treatment. We tried our best but we are to the bridge on giving up. Help us!!

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March 28, 20190 found this helpful

Sorry to hear you are struggling with your pup! Im going through the same thing with mine - shes incredibly sweet and gentle until I try to treat, or now even touch, her ear. My vet has treated her with Claro before with success - its a one-time treatment that cleared up the infection right away. I hope that might help and that there is a vet close to you that can provide it. Good luck! Ive included the link to the medication below.

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June 25, 20190 found this helpful

Best treatment ever is Zymox. Available online. Cleared up the yeast infection in a few days...I use a bulb syrynge to apply very quickly.

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June 28, 20190 found this helpful

Trying to find a chewables for ear mites in dogs

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