09-29-2019, 06:58 AM
Join Date: Jul 2014
Location: South Louisiana
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To address your actual question; try placing your dog up on something (table, etc), and have someone hold him in place. Often getting the dog off the floor onto an unfamiliar surface will help with trying to run away. Have your holder place the dog's head in the crook of their elbow to they can control the head, and the other arm either over or under the dog's body for control and support. If the dog is trying to bite you can tie a string of gauze around the muzzle in lieu of a real muzzle. BE GENTLE. Infected ears are painful! It would be most ideal to desensitize and train your dog to accept ear cleaning without restraint, but you need healthy ears first... Be as gentle and efficient as possible, have all your materials ready before you start and just be very matter-of-fact in your approach. Reward your dog for cooperating. Make the experience as positive as you can. If the dog truly freaks out, stop, and let professionals do the job to clear the infection, the go back to square -1 with training pet to accept handling...
Now, regarding your vet visit experience....
Ear infections are sometimes difficult to clear. Especially chronic infections with stenotic (scarred) ear canals. Sometimes multiple rechecks and re-applications of ear meds are necessary. Often oral medications need to be used in conjunction with topical ear meds. Frustrating, but not unusual.
There are a couple of depo-type ear meds that can be applied by your vet so that you don't have to clean and treat at home. If your dog's ear cytology results warrant use of one of these, it's so worth it not to have to chase down and fight your dog. Just be sure to KEEP YOUR RECHECK APPOINTMENTS! If the infection is not completely clear it will come back with a vengeance...
I would strongly recommend going to your vet of choice to properly diagnose and treat your pups ears until the infection if completely cleared (don't skip rechecks!!!), then start working on ear cleaning manners/ accepting handling, in a positive way.
Best of luck!