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Old July 2nd, 2010, 11:23 PM
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Ear Drop meds

Hi all, does anyone have any tips for giving a dog who hates ear drops, his ear drops? Rocky has an ear infection and its been very difficult to get his meds in him as he runs away.
Any strategies?
Rocky, Pit Bull...too big to physically restrain LOL
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Old July 2nd, 2010, 11:25 PM
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luckypenny once advised me to warm the drop bottle a bit in my hand before putting them in the ear. And by gum! It worked! She pointed out that if you've ever had an ear ache and you used cold drops, it doesn't feel very good. Room temp or body temp drops are much more soothing.

Good luck, babyrocky1! I hope Rocky's ear is better soon!
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Yep, cold drops feel horrid. Don't forget, the yummiest treat right after helps too .
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Old July 3rd, 2010, 10:54 AM
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Thanks guys, now all I have to do is catch him LOL
... he keeps getting ear infections since his operation from the hematoma his ear... now it droops down.
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Old July 3rd, 2010, 11:35 AM
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If he's really freaked out, you can try shaping the behavior . Just break it down into little steps and reward him after each. Use something like freshly fried liver cut into small pieces or some cheese if he likes it. He should be coming to you for the drops by the end of the day. It may seem like a lot of work but it's rather easy really.

1. Make sure bottle is out of his sight. Call him, reward, walk away. Repeat several times.

2. Leave bottle on counter/table where he can see it but not too close to you. Call him over, reward, walk away several steps, repeat.

3. Place bottle closer to you, call him, reward, walk away, repeat.

4. Call him, reward, quickly and gently touch his ear with you hand, reward, repeat.

5. Hold bottle in one hand (warming it as you do so), call him, reward, walk away, repeat.

6. With bottle in hand, call him, quickly hold bottle out to 12" beside his infected ear, reward, remove hand, repeat.

7. Again, call him, touch bottle to his ear, reward, remove hand, repeat.

8. Open bottle cap (without him seeing you do it), call him, touch his ear with one hand and with the bottle in the other, repeat.

9. By this step, you should be able to quickly squirt a few drops into his ear. Don't forget to reward.


With the completion of the repeats of each step (at least 8-10 times), don't forget to jackpot...feed him 10-15 tiny morsels quickly in succession. If he frets at any point, just move back a step until he's comfortable (you want to end on a good note), and take a break, before moving forward again. It helps if he's hungry so best not to practice after a meal.

Hope his ear heals quickly .
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