This has really upset me tonight. Pud has a bad ear which the vet thinks may be caused by allergies. We have had an ear cleaner to use for the past 6 months which does keep it under control quite well but they have flared up this week.
I have real problems getting the ear cleaner/drops in his ears. It has got to the stage where i speak to him and he moves to the other side of the room whilst checking whether i have got anything in my hands which breaks my heart. Pud is usually a really gentle boy, he has found his voice a little since sydney came home and will growl a warning at him when he is being a pest. he has also started to growl when i am trying to deal with his ears 8O At first it was a low grumble but tonight it was a proper snarl that has had me in tears I just dont know how to deal with it.
I discussed it with the vet yesterday and she said that for a lot of dogs they never get to the bottom of allergies so i really need to get pud to accept that i will have to touch his ears and put drops in if i am going to keep on top of it. She advised remaining calm, talking in a low reassuring voice and with me holding him she was able to calmly get the drops in. My problem is trying to do it myself at home. I do have a housemate but we are not often at home at the same time and this has resulted in me having physically restrain him whilst trying to keep his ear open and get the drops in - a stressful situation for both of us. His reaction tonight really shocked me and i cant hand on heart say that i was 100% sure he wouldnt nip me and i never thought i would say that about pud (just typing it is making me cry
I dont know whether i should stay calm, carry on reassuring him and ignore the behaviour or tell him in no uncertain terms that it is unacceptable. I know he is in pain but he really does need to learn to accept it or they'll never get better. The vet did say that she thought i was managing them well but if i'm honest i havent been using the ear cleaner as often as i should because i find it so hard and even today the first day of eardrops i was tempted to just leave it at the one application instead of 2 which makes me feel like an awful owner