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Hi all, my English cocker spaniel keeps getting horrible infections in his ear causing bad smell, brownish or even little to no black earwax or whatever it is. He has been dealing with it for months. And before you come against me telling me to take him to the vet is because every time we have gone, the medicine they put in his ears never fully took care of it. So I have been trying to clean out his ears myself and put medicine in it, but EVERY time I try and do it he fights back and moves around so I can’t do it! I’ve tried to get someone to hold him for me while I put in the medicine but most of the time that doesn’t work. I don’t have a muzzle or a harness at the moment so I can’t do that either. Please help!!
 

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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!
 

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Some dogs are very sensitive about having their ears touched. Ours, when we rescued her, had six or seven foxtails removed from her right ear, and was being treated for a horrible infection in that ear. To this day, ten years later, she will let our Vet check her left ear, but as soon as he moves toward her right ear, and before he even touches her, she starts screaming. She obviously still remembers the pain she had in that ear.
 

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Hi. Awww. Poor baby....... a couple of things. In the tub where he was confined, I used a thin wash cloth soaked in warm water and gently with my finger covered with the washcloth, carefully entered his outside ear making circular massaging movements. Then inside the ear wipe gently. Repeat. Since I thought to do the warm water, our dog was much more tolerant of having it done. I think the cold was why he didn’t like it. Then I finished up with Vets Best Natural ear wash on the table. He really started loving having his ears cleaned. And they stayed clean with that wash for about a week and a half. And no smell.
 

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Some dogs are very sensitive about having their ears touched. Ours, when we rescued her, had six or seven foxtails removed from her right ear, and was being treated for a horrible infection in that ear. To this day, ten years later, she will let our Vet check her left ear, but as soon as he moves toward her right ear, and before he even touches her, she starts screaming. She obviously still remembers the pain she had in that ear.


You are so right. Because both of my dogs do not have a problem with their ears being cleaned.


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