So, Penny has big floppy ears.
I love her ears ..and is it shallow to admit this but it was one of the reasons Vizslas first caught my eye? I mean, they were a match lifestyle wise but their good looks& goofy ears didn’t hurt their cause! Those ears are like velvet. I find myself subconsciously rubbing them all the time. They are lovely little (huge) ears! You know the one downside to large, floppy ears?
A lot of ear infections. Are they preventable? I’m inclined to think no. I knew when I was getting my girly that ear infections were a common ailment of floppy eared pups so I cleaned her ears frequently& wiped them out. Even with being a loving momma, Penny got her first yeast infection at 7 months old. We went to the vet& paid $150 for a cleaning, lab tech to confirm yeast& medication. It worked& with cleaning her ears every second day I kept her ears under control& only 2 extra vet trips for ears (~$180 a pop to the vet)& no results or different answers. Cleaning her ears almost daily isn’t an answer. I needed to get rid of the yeast ..not just keep it under control. So, I started asking around.
Turns out, there’s a hidden gem in the dog world for yeasty dog ears. It’s a simple solution. Last night I went& bought all the ingredients for it. It cost me a grand total of $10.12 with enough to make several batch of this stuff. It’s called Blue Power& so far Penn has had 2 applications. She hates her life& it stains her ears purple, which cracks me up. In a few weeks, I’ll post the full review. It is a battle of epic proportions to get the drops in her ears, however. It takes me, my boyfriend, cupcakes& brute strength.
On that note, does anyone have any ideas for how to make my dog not wish I was dead when we treat her ears? This is going to be a very painful process with trying to rid her of the yeasty ears if, two times a day for two weeks, we are using brute force. Also, cupcakes? Not good for the puppy waistline. Plus, the sensitive soul in me feels awful for manhandling her. I know it is a necessary evil& it will get done but if anyone has any suggestions to encouraging happy ear drop behaviour, I’m all ears (pun intended)!
Clicker training would work. She knows a clicker& what it means ..we need fast results though as we’re actively treating the ears now& her reactions to the drops are MUCH worse than when we first started using them in her ears. I’m thinking it will keep escalating until sedation is our only answer ;) I am kidding ..mostly. I do need some help trying to figure out a way to get her less hateful about it all. Alright, I’m off to snuggle Penny& remind her I mostly bring good things into her life. I’m not always the ear drop devil!